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Wind Economic Development

WINDExchange provides software applications and publications to help individuals, developers, local governments, and utilities make decisions about wind power. Projecting costs and benefits of new installations, including the economic development impacts created, is a key element in looking at potential wind applications. Communities, states, regions, job markets (i.e., construction, operations and maintenance), the tax base, tax revenues, and others can be positively affected. These benefits are in addition to the impacts for the owner or developer.

Jobs and Economic Development Impact Model

The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) model is a user-friendly tool that calculates economic impacts from wind projects.

Small Wind Economic Model

The Small Wind Economic Model is a spreadsheet tool that can help you analyze the economics of a small wind electric system and decide whether wind energy will work for you.

Wind Energy Finance Online Calculator

Wind Energy Finance developed by NREL 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, and rural co-op and municipal utility officials. Wind Energy Finance Brochure

Resources and Tools

Lists publications, news, and websites with information about wind economic development.