This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists was originally published in the Harvest the Wind Handbook from Windustry. According to the UCS web site, "This report is intended to guide prospective wind farm developers through the process of site assessment. It provides practical information on how to develop reliable estimates of the wind resource and electricity production at a given site. This includes information on how to measure wind speeds and direction; how to qualify your land’s potential for wind projects; how certain variables affect wind production costs and return on investment; what information is typically needed by banks and investors to finance a project; and where to look for additional information. While our examples are based on Minnesota, the principles discussed can be applied to any state, particularly other parts of the Midwest."
This simple C-BED spreadsheet allows you to compares the benefits of front-loaded versus fixed rates.
2005 Minnesota Energy Legislation Factsheet
A Survey of State Support for Community Wind Power Development by Mark Bolinger of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, published March 2004. The report is part of series called Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy.
Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory published this report, written by Mark Bolinger, to address concerns regarding the interaction between the USDA Farm Bill and the federal Production Tax Credits for wind energy projects.
AWEA's Wind Power Outlook 2007 offers up-to-date information on the state of wind development in the U.S. This year's outlook discusses the market growth trends, wind power's impacts on global warming and the environment, the industry's contribution to job growth, transmission issues, and the future potential of wind power in America.
Perspectives on an NWCC/NREL Assessment of Distributed Wind offers a summary analysis of distributed wind generation in Europe and what lessons the European system offers for distributed generation in the U.S. The paper discusses many of the issues and benefits related to distributed wind generation.
The 2006 Minnesota Wind Integration Study found that enough wind power to supply up to 25% of Minnesota's retail electricity sales by 2020 can be reliably incorporated by the electric power system at minimal additional cost. The study was ordered by the Minnesota Legislature. Find a summary slide presentation here.