The Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University has published a document entitled "Landowner Guidelines for Evaluating Wind Energy Production Leases". It is aimed at landowners across the country.
This worksheet is designed to help landowners evaluate some important considerations when reviewing a wind energy lease and/or easement agreement. It provides comments on alternatives to lease provisions, where appropriate, and will help walk a landowner through the often complex multi-page agreements. Click here for the .pdf file.
Click on the pdf link below to download "In the Public Interest: How and Why to Permit for Small Wind Systems" published by AWEA in September 2008. The Guide for State and Local Governments includes discussion of various issues to consider, as well as "red herrings", best practices and a model ordinance.
Check the calendars below for more wind power related events and conferences across the country:
- American Wind Energy Association: Calendar of events
- US Dept. of Energy's Wind Powering America Program: Calendar of events
- National Wind Coordinating Committee: List of meetings and events
- Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance: Calendar of events
This June/July 2007 article in Mother Earth News covers the basics of community wind and talks about the challenges to community wind in the U.S.
As the first generations of wind turbines reach the end of their original deployment, there is growing interest in the used turbine market.
Just as you would be cautious and need to do due diligence when purchasing a used car, caution is of the utmost importance in considering used turbines.
There aren't many resources out there about used turbines, but here is a link to an April 2008 report from Leonardo Energy talking about the used turbine market.
This April 2008 report from the New Rules Project discusses how simple changes to the federal production tax credit (PTC) and SEC registration process for cooperatives could significantly reduce barriers to community ownership of wind.
Download the report from the New Rules website here: http://www.newrules.org/de/ptc-wind-ownership.pdf