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Windustry E-Newsletter
May 2010
USDA REAP Funding for Renewable Energy

USDAUSDA is seeking applications to increase the production and use of renewable energy sources. Funding is available from four USDA Rural Development renewable energy programs authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). USDA is accepting applications for grants and loan guarantees in the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) until June 30, 2010.

REAP provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. This funding supports Community Wind investment by providing a financial incentive that does not depend on tax liability. Additionally, because a REAP grant is considered taxable income, it does not trigger a reduction in the Section 1603 Treasury Cash Grant program created in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

A total of $87 million is available for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements, leaving $9.9 million for energy technical assistance and $2.4 million for feasibility studies. Eligible projects include installing renewable energy systems such as wind turbines, solar, geothermal, biomass, anaerobic digesters, hydroelectric, and ocean or hydrogen systems. Funding may also be used to purchase energy-efficient equipment, add insulation, and improve heating and cooling systems.

For more information about the program, including links to the USDA Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA), Read More on the Windustry web site.
County Wind Ordinance Survey
Navigate the Wind Energy Permitting and Siting Process

SurveyorThe County Wind Ordinance Survey was designed to help users navigate through the permitting regulations for wind energy development at the local level. The information provided will be useful for all wind developers but specifically targets Community Wind developers who are interested in local permitting and siting rules as well as local officials who are working to develop wind ordinances for their area. This survey provides a single place to access the local permitting and siting rules for a certain area as well as providing additional resources for information relating to wind energy siting, such as wildlife interactions and federal permit requirements.

This survey fills an important role in supporting Community Wind by providing an easily accessible and understandable mechanism that will help rural residents to more easily navigate the local wind energy permitting and siting process and will assist local officials who are working to develop wind ordinances in their area. This first phase of our expanding County Wind Ordinance Survey builds on the research performed by a university intern and focuses on Minnesota because of its leadership in successful Community Wind development.

County Wind Ordinance Survey ToolThe Windustry County Wind Ordinance Survey provides an online tool for basic information about each county and a quantitative listing of the wind energy regulations. Similarly, the online tool provides a listing of the counties that regulate in a particular category. Phase One of the project focused only on Minnesota counties, however this resource will be expanded to include additional states in the future.

Read More and Try the County Wind Ordinance Tool
GLRWEI Webinar
Environmental Assessments in the Great Lakes Region

South Buffalo LighthouseWindustry and the Great Lakes Regional Wind Energy Institute recently presented a webinar on the Environmental Assessments in the Great Lakes Region that provided a discussion of environmental assessments for land-based wind energy development in and near communities along the Great Lakes.

Presenters included David Stout, Chairman of the Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Charles McKeown, Renewable Energy Policy Program Manager, MSU Land Policy Institute; and Michael D. Ernst, Esq., Director, Regulatory Affairs, Tetra Tech.

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Environmental Assessments in the Great Lakes Region
Small Wind Conference
June 15-16, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Windustry is partnering with the Small Wind Conference Coordinating Committee to produce the Sixth Annual Small Wind Conference in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, June 15-16, at the Ramada Conference Center.  The Conference is geared toward Small Wind manufacturers, installers and others engaged in the industry. We are honored to have Larry Flowers, Technical Director of Wind Powering America, as our Keynote Speaker.

Small Wind 

This year's Small Wind Conference will kick off with five presentations that highlight recent work to help installers, wind site assessors, and manufacturers better understand the nature of the wind resource for proposed small wind installations. In addition, presenters will report on the NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification, the turbine certification process for the Small Wind Certification Council, UL certification of small wind components, and the inclusion of small wind in the National Electric Code.

On Monday, June 14, we will be offering two pre-conference seminars: Fundamentals of Wind Energy and Small Wind Systems and the Zoning Summit 2010.  The Conference itself will run June 15 - 16.  For complete information on the agenda, registration, and Sponsorship opportunities, see

The promise of Spring awakens many hopes. This love poem was penned in 1902 before the poet met his wife. She admitted in letters to her sister that she wished her husband had remained a musician rather than become a famous poet and writer. Who is the poet?

The Ocean Dances
Winds of May, that dance on the sea,
Dancing a ring-around in glee
From furrow to furrow, while overhead
The foam flies up to be garlanded,
In silvery arches spanning the air,
Saw you my true love anywhere?
Welladay! Welladay!
For the winds of May!
Love is unhappy when love is away!

Find out at Windspiration
On the Windustry Trail...

Windustry staff have been busy working on Community Wind:
    Windustry exhibit
  • We exhibited at Earth Day at 40, the Fourth Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, meeting with renewable energy policy-makers from across the country.

  • We provided Community Wind and small wind energy information to many of the 100,000 visitors to the Living Green Expo in St. Paul, Minnesota,

  • We presented Community Wind: Minnesota's Success Story at the Michigan Wind Energy Conference hosted by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association in Detroit, Michigan, along with giving a pre-conference workshop on Wind Facility Permitting.

  • Our presentations at American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER 2010 conference in Dallas, Texas covered "Electric Cooperatives and Public Power Join Community Wind" and "County Wind Ordinance Survey: A Resource for Community Wind." We also participated in the Community Wind Working Group at the conference.

  • We hosted a Topic Table on Community Wind during the 2010 Wind Powering America State Summit in Dallas, Texas, during the WINDPOWER 2010 week of wind energy activities.
Surveyor photo: M. Kelley some rights reserved
South Buffalo Lighthouse photo: Corey Seeman, some rights reserved

The Ocean Dances
photo: Crispin Semmens, some rights reserved.