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Economic Development Impacts of Community Wind Projects: A Review and Empirical Evaluation

Economic Development Impacts of Community Wind Projects: A Review and Empirical Evaluation

Economic Development Impacts of Community Wind Projects: A Review and Empirical Evaluation

Date: 8/19/2009

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Lantz, E. and Tegen, S. (April 2009.) Presented at WINDPOWER 2009 Conference and Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, May 4-7, 2009.

Community wind projects have long been touted (both anecdotally and in the literature) to increase the economic development impacts of wind projects, but most analyses of community wind have been based on expected results from hypothetical projects. This report provides a review of previous economic development analyses of community wind projects and compares these projected results with empirical impacts from projects currently in operation.

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Lantz, E. (August 19, 2009.) Presented at the Colorado Wind Working Group Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

This presentation looks at the economic development impacts from community wind projects. Past studies have often been projections and their results vary. Because varying results sends a mixed message about the value of community wind, we wanted to look at the economic development impacts from completed community projects to see how that compares with absentee owned projects.

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