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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
1/17/2008 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
As Nation Embraces 25x'25 Vision, Wind Has Role To Play
2/22/2006 CO Publication
Agricultural
Public Power
Small Wind
Applying Interconnection and Net Metering to Small Wind
7/22/2013 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Analyzing Economic Development Through Wind Power
Web Resource
Agricultural
American Corn Growers Foundation
8/29/2011 News
Agricultural
Public Power
Agriculture Secretary Announces Smart Grid, Transmission System Improvements
12/13/2007 Webinar
Agricultural
Agricultural Outreach Webcast
4/15/2010 ND Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
A Lot has Changed in the Last Decade, Making Wind Energy Development More Viable
8/18/2014 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
2013 Distributed Wind Market Report
8/12/2013 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
2012 Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications
6/28/2012 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
2011 U.S. Small Wind Turbine Market Report
10/13/2011 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
2010 U.S. Small Wind Turbine Market Report

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.