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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
5/29/2014 Agricultural
Small Wind
Winds of Change from Winds of Destruction
6/13/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Representatives Introduce Rural Wind Energy Development Act
6/18/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
WindLease Helps Consumers Save Money
7/31/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
REAP Funding Update, Part I
8/14/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
DOE Issues Request for Information for Distributed Wind Energy Systems
8/18/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
REAP Funding Update, Part II
8/18/2014 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
2013 Distributed Wind Market Report
9/1/2014 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
Global Distributed Generation Deployment Forecast
9/18/2014 News
Agricultural
USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
9/25/2014 News
Agricultural
Report Indicates Growth in Wind Energy
10/29/2014 News
Agricultural
Wind Energy Benefits Rural Economies
11/17/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Siting
Technical Assistance Available for Community Wind Projects in the Pacific Northwest
11/17/2014 MD News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Maryland Windswept Grant Program Applications Due December 15
11/28/2014 News
Agricultural
Policy
REAP Funding Helping Rural Farms and Communities
12/29/2014 News
Agricultural
USDA Seeks Applicants for the Rural Energy for America Program
12/29/2014 News
Agricultural
USDA Announces Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
1/30/2015 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Development Beneficial to Rural Oklahoma Communities
2/27/2015 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Small Wind Education Helps Consumers Avoid Mistakes
3/1/2015 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
Distributed Wind Vision
3/30/2015 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
REAP Funding: When, Where, and How to Apply
8/7/2015 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Policy
USDA Funds $63 Million in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Programs
8/24/2015 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Investing in Small Wind Can Provide Big Success
9/2/2015 Publication
Agricultural
Establishing a Community Tax Equity Investment Company to Invest in Renewable Energy Projects
10/6/2015 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
USDA Announces New Round of REAP Funding
12/18/2015 News
Agricultural
Policy
Congress Passes Extension of Production Tax Credit, Investment Tax Credit

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.