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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
7/25/2016 OK News
Agricultural
Oklahoma Ranchers May Push Lawmakers to Give Wind and Solar Same Property Rights as Oil and Gas
8/1/2016 NC Publication
Agricultural
Perfect Partnership: Wind Farms and Agriculture
9/28/2016 Webinar
Agricultural
Small Wind
Energy Department's Distributed Wind Industry Update: A WINDExchange Webinar
10/15/2016 News
Agricultural
Wind Is the New Corn for Struggling Farmers
10/24/2016 News
Tool
Agricultural
Small Wind
Updated Small Wind Economic Model Available
10/26/2016 News
Agricultural
USDA Issues Loans for Electric Projects
11/8/2016 Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Link to Rural Development and a Renewable Future
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
11/15/2016 News
Tool
Agricultural
Small Wind
PNNL Publishes Distributed Wind Project Database
11/16/2016 CO Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Winds of Change: The Great Plains' Powerful New Economic Dynamic
11/17/2016 MI Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Farming the Wind: The Impact of Wind Energy on Farming
1/6/2017 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
USDA Accepting Applications for FY17 REAP Funding
1/17/2017 NE News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Farms Give Economic Boost to Northeast Nebraska

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.