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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
7/31/2007 Agricultural
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Wind Energy Brings Money to Rural Communities
9/14/2007 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Projects: A Winning Situation for Local Economies
10/1/2007 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Powering Homes, Rural Communities
11/1/2007 Agricultural
Corn Growers Excited by Wind Energy's Water and Natural Gas Savings
11/13/2007 Agricultural
Time for Rural America to Fully Embrace Wind Energy, Educate
12/6/2007 Agricultural
Wind for Schools: Source of Education, Electricity, Revenue
12/17/2007 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Capacity Growing as Americans Embrace All the Energy Source Has to Offer
1/17/2008 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
As Nation Embraces 25x'25 Vision, Wind Has Role To Play
1/31/2008 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Surge in Installed Wind Power Capacity Benefiting Rural America
2/26/2008 Agricultural
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Community Wind a Big Opportunity for Rural America
3/4/2008 Agricultural
Policy
When Wind Development Doesn't Match Up With Potential, Look at Policy
12/13/2007 Webinar
Agricultural
Agricultural Outreach Webcast
4/14/2008 Agricultural
Schools
Econ. Dev.
The Power of Wind in Oil and Gas Country
3/24/2010 Agricultural
Public Power
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Community Wind Has Big Role in Nation's 20% Wind Vision
11/2/2011 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Wind Energy Has A Lot Riding on Programs up for Debate in Congress
9/30/2011 News
Publication
Tool
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool and Guidebook
8/12/2011 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Power has the Ability to Maintain Rural Communities
8/17/2011 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
USDA Announces $11.6 Million in Rural Energy for America Program Funding Awards
9/1/2011 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Studies Prove the Economic Boost that Comes from Wind Energy Development
8/29/2011 News
Agricultural
Public Power
Agriculture Secretary Announces Smart Grid, Transmission System Improvements
1/25/2011 Agricultural
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Development Can Revitalize Rural America
2/21/2011 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy an Opportunity for Rural Income, Jobs, and Economic Development
3/29/2011 Agricultural
Small Wind
Policy
Learning the Basics of Distributed Wind
4/26/2011 Agricultural
Small Wind
How to Bring Distributed Wind to the Home, Farm, or Business
5/13/2011 Agricultural
Small Wind
Where Does Small Scale Wind Development Fit in the Bigger Wind Energy Picture?
6/15/2011 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Want to Incorporate Renewables on the Farm? Consider the Energy Pyramid
6/20/2011 News
Agricultural
USDA Rural Energy Assistance Program Grant Opportunity Announced
10/12/2010 Agricultural
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Education A Key Part of Unlocking Wind Energy Future
12/15/2009 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Policies the Key to Experiencing Full Benefits of Wind Development in Rural America
1/14/2010 Agricultural
Public Power
Small Wind
Existing Government Policies Spur Wind Power Development

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.