"Property Taxation of Wind Generation Assets," North American Windpower, May 2006, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 31-34. This article, written by Warren Ault, summarizes research he did for Windustry in 2005 into the actual and potential local economic benefits of wind power, focusing particularly on a survey of the varieties of approaches throughout the United States to the use of local property taxes. Click on the link below to download a PDF copy of the article.
This publication was released by Farmer's Legal Action Group in August 2007. According to the FLAG website, "This book serves as a guide to the many legal issues faced by farmers and rural landowners who seek to develop wind energy projects.
The Farmers' Guide to Wind Energy: Legal Issues in Farming the Wind provides legal information for individuals developing wind projects, regardless of size. This includes farmer-owned large utility-scale wind farms as well as smaller on-farm or residential wind turbine projects. Legal issues covered in this guide include negotiating wind property agreements, siting a wind farm, liability risks associated with developing and operating wind turbines, project financing, choice of business structure, government incentives for wind development, and the tax consequences of these efforts."
The Minnesota state legislature, recognizing that distributed generation will play an integral roll in our energy future required that a standardized set of rules, procedures, and technical criteria for interconnection of distributed generation within the state. To find out more about the ongoing process visit the site listed above which has links to distributed generation rule making and resource planning in other states as well.
The Utility Wind Integration Group has developed online tools to aid distribution planning engineers in determining the technical impacts of commercial scale wind turbines that are connected to distribution feeders on power quality, fault current and line loading.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce is interested in promoting Community Based Energy Development (C-BED) projects in the state of Minnesota. The Department has encouraged the CapX utilities to undertake a study of the West Central Transmission Planning Zone to determine if C-BED projects can be interconnected the the transmission system utilizing existing transmission and distribution infrastructure. The CapX C-BED Interim Report was released in June 2006. You can also view a PDF of the West Central C-BED map and Southeast C-BED map here. The C-BED 800 MW generation map and C-BED 1400 MW generation map are also available for download.
A study performed by Wind Utility Consulting commissioned by the Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation and the Department of Energy's Wind Powering America program to determine the ability to interconnect large wind turbines to a typical distribution system in northeastern Colorado, utilizing Highline Electric Association's distribution grid.
A Study of Wind Energy Development in Wisconsin, 2004
Prepared by Seventh Generation Energy Systems, Inc., Northwest Seed, Utility Wind Consulting, MRG and Associates, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Prepared for State of WI Department of Administration Division of Energy