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Agricultural and Rural Resources and Tools

This page lists resources of interest to rural communities and agricultural stakeholders and features online tools to support wind system siting, economic analysis, and market analysis.

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Date State Type of Information Program Area Title
11/10/2016 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Turning to Turbines: As Commodity Prices Remain Low, Wind Energy Leases Offer a Welcome Source of Income for Farmers
8/21/2013 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
U.S. DOE Releases First Market Report Focusing on Distributed Wind
10/24/2016 News
Tool
Agricultural
Small Wind
Updated Small Wind Economic Model Available
10/18/2016 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
USDA Accepting Applications for FY17 REAP Funding
7/11/2016 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
USDA Announces REAP Funding for 821 Rural Projects
11/17/2010 OH Agricultural
Public Power
Schools
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
USDA has a Big Interest in Wind
9/18/2014 News
Agricultural
USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
10/26/2016 News
Agricultural
USDA Issues Loans for Electric Projects
2/14/2012 News
Web Resource
Agricultural
USDA Launches Energy Website
6/20/2011 News
Agricultural
USDA Rural Energy Assistance Program Grant Opportunity Announced
3/1/2009 OK News
Video
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Video: Oklahoma town cashing in on the winds of progress
6/15/2011 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Want to Incorporate Renewables on the Farm? Consider the Energy Pyramid
12/20/2012 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Water Conservation Just One of Many Reasons to Support Wind Energy
8/28/2012 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Web-Based Tool Updated to Aid in Evaluating Best Use of Incentive Dollars
7/7/2011 MT News
Agricultural
Small Wind
What to Know About Installing a Wind Energy System on Your Farm
3/4/2008 Agricultural
Policy
When Wind Development Doesn't Match Up With Potential, Look at Policy
5/13/2011 Agricultural
Small Wind
Where Does Small Scale Wind Development Fit in the Bigger Wind Energy Picture?
11/19/2008 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Why Does Ag Equipment Company Get Involved in Wind Industry? Benefits
3/14/2013 News
Agricultural
Schools
Wind Applications Center Valuable Resource for Wind for Schools Partners
9/16/2009 ND Agricultural
Public Power
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Wind Brings Great Deal of Economic Development Potential to the Table
12/17/2007 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Capacity Growing as Americans Embrace All the Energy Source Has to Offer
2/21/2011 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy an Opportunity for Rural Income, Jobs, and Economic Development
1/24/2006 Publication
Agricultural
Public Power
Wind Energy Applications for Municipal Water Services: Opportunities, Situation Analyses, and Case Studies
10/29/2014 News
Agricultural
Wind Energy Benefits Rural Economies
8/25/2009 SD Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Brings Jobs to Rural America
7/31/2007 Agricultural
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Wind Energy Brings Money to Rural Communities
1/31/2006 MO News
Agricultural
Public Power
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Comes to Missouri
1/30/2015 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Development Beneficial to Rural Oklahoma Communities
1/25/2011 Agricultural
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Development Can Revitalize Rural America
11/14/2013 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Forum Enhances Positives of Wind Production
11/2/2011 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Wind Energy Has A Lot Riding on Programs up for Debate in Congress
1/8/2014 News
Agricultural
Wind Energy Helps Preserve Water Resources
4/15/2009 KS Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Powering Economic Development in Rural Communities
10/1/2007 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Powering Homes, Rural Communities
9/14/2007 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Projects: A Winning Situation for Local Economies
1/25/2013 News
Agricultural
Policy
Wind Energy PTC Extension Essential, Beneficial for Rural America, Entire U.S.
4/26/2010 ND Agricultural
Policy
Wind Energy: Overcoming Challenges Well Worth the Outcome
Web Resource
Agricultural
Wind Farmers Network
4/9/2007 Agricultural
Wind Farms Are a Winner
2/28/2013 News
Agricultural
Wind for Schools Program Impacting Nation's Renewable Energy Future
12/6/2007 Agricultural
Wind for Schools: Source of Education, Electricity, Revenue
10/15/2016 News
Agricultural
Wind Is the New Corn for Struggling Farmers
1/1/2005 MN Interview
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Power Advocate Interview: Lisa Daniels, Windustry
6/12/2013 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Power Development's Economic Impact on Rural Communities
8/12/2011 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Power has the Ability to Maintain Rural Communities
6/18/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
WindLease Helps Consumers Save Money
5/29/2014 Agricultural
Small Wind
Winds of Change from Winds of Destruction
11/16/2016 CO Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Winds of Change: The Great Plains' Powerful New Economic Dynamic
5/1/2009 KS Agricultural
Schools
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Working to Overcome Barriers to Meeting 20% U.S. Wind Vision
11/19/2012 MA News
Agricultural
Public Lands
Public Power
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Siting
Workshop Explores Information's Role in Wind Project Siting: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Software

Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool

A Web-based Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool and Guidebook helps utilities and policymakers advance the market for on-site wind generation across the nation. The Web tool's financial model measures the impact of various policy combinations on distributed wind turbine project economics and can be used to rank the "best and worst" state markets for returns on investment for various project scenarios.

Wind Energy Finance: An Online Calculator for Economic Analysis of Wind Projects

The Wind Energy Finance (WEF) calculator provides quick, detailed economic evaluation of potential utility-scale wind energy projects. The tool is designed for those who have general experience with project financial analysis but little knowledge of wind projects. Potential users include: state and local economic development officials, rural landowners interested in owning or benefitting from wind energy projects, applicants pursuing 2002 Farm Bill funding for renewable energy projects under Section 9006 and the Value-Added Producer Grant Program, and rural co-op and municipal utility officials. Wind Energy Finance Brochure.