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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
4/1/2006 Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
The Wind/Water Nexus
3/22/2006 MT News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
National Association of Counties (NACo) honors Cascade County as a national leader in creating sustainable communities
2/22/2006 CO Publication
Agricultural
Public Power
Small Wind
Applying Interconnection and Net Metering to Small Wind
2/6/2006 MI News
Agricultural
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Teachers get advance look at plan to harness the wind
1/31/2006 MO News
Agricultural
Public Power
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Comes to Missouri
1/24/2006 Publication
Agricultural
Public Power
Wind Energy Applications for Municipal Water Services: Opportunities, Situation Analyses, and Case Studies
12/1/2005 CO Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Handbook on Renewable Energy Financing for Rural Colorado
10/18/2005 NE News
Agricultural
Public Power
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to Dedicate State's Largest Wind Farm
1/1/2005 MN Interview
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Power Advocate Interview: Lisa Daniels, Windustry
9/1/2004 MO News
Agricultural
Public Power
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Rediscovering The Wind
9/1/2004 News
Agricultural
September 2004 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants
6/1/2003 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
Small Wind Electric Systems: A Guide Produced for the American Corn Growers Foundation
Web Resource
Agricultural
American Corn Growers Foundation
Web Resource
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
John Deere Wind Energy
Web Resource
Agricultural
Wind Farmers Network
ID Web Resource
Agricultural
Harvesting Clean Energy
OR Web Resource
Agricultural
Small Wind
Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc.

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.