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Over 8,000 MW of Wind Energy Installed in 2008

January 28, 2009 - 10:33am -- Anonymous

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced yesterday that in 2008 alone over 8,000 MW of wind energy was installed. This increased the nation's wind energy capacity by 50% and created an investment of $17 billion into the economy.

The United States now has a total installed capacity of 25,170 MW of wind energy. Minnesota is ranked 4th nationally with 1,752 MW installed and Iowa has exceeded California and is now 2nd with 2,790 MW.

An Overview of Existing Wind Energy Ordinances

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has issued a report that provides an overview of existing wind energy ordinances across the country. The increase in wind energy development also creates a new responsibility on the part of local governments to ensure that ordinances will be established to aid development of safe facilities that are embraced by the community.

The purpose of the report is to educate and engage state and local governments, as well as policy makers about existing large wind energy ordinances.

Click here to download the PDF version of the file (1.2MB)

Wind Lease Worksheet for Landowners

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.

Wind Rights and Wrongs

This article reprint from Tierra Grande, April 2008, presents an overview of many issues regarding leasing your land to a wind developer. Topics covered include wind data, tax credits, royalties, severance clauses, surface rights and a host of other considerations. While focused on Texas, the article presents information that applies to all wind agreements in general and is useful for both landowners and attorneys.

Wind Energy Investment Opportunity

October 28, 2008 - 12:15pm -- Anonymous

Through our telephone and e-mail information lines, we often get inquiries about investing in wind energy.  This news item will be of particular interest to South Dakota residents because it involves an intrastate public offer specific to them.  However, others may be interested to see how this community ownership model works as it was used successfully in Minnesota in the p


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