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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
1/30/2015 News
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Development Beneficial to Rural Oklahoma Communities
2/27/2015 News
Small Wind
Small Wind Education Helps Consumers Avoid Mistakes
3/30/2015 News
Small Wind
REAP Funding: When, Where, and How to Apply
3/1/2015 Publication
Small Wind
Distributed Wind Vision
8/24/2015 News
Small Wind
Investing in Small Wind Can Provide Big Success
9/2/2015 Publication
Establishing a Community Tax Equity Investment Company to Invest in Renewable Energy Projects
12/18/2015 News
Congress Passes Extension of Production Tax Credit, Investment Tax Credit


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.