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.
Commercial (Large) Scale
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is a comprehensive database of incentives for wind and other forms of renewable energy. It is a great resource for up-to-date policy information.
Landowners can get involved with wind energy in a variety of ways.
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This handbook was prepared by Windustry for the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois and published January 1, 2004.
This guidebook was created by Charles Kubert for the Environmental Law and Policy Center in 2004. It talks about business models, sources of equity, grant and loan programs, incentives, and power purchase agreements for community wind projects. You'll find it online on the ELPC website.
The Oregon Energy Trust, in collaboration with NW SEED, developed a Community Wind guidebook in 2006. This 106-page book introduces the basic concepts behind community wind development and is available on the Energy Trust of Oregon web site.
The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) is a consensus-based collaborative that establishes dialogue among key stakeholders and catalyzes activities to support the development of environmentally, economically, and politically sustainable commercial markets for wind power.
Since the late 1990s through to date (2010), the tribe has been actively developing wind projects on the Rosebud Reservation.
A pioneering ‘for-profit’ co-op with a mandate to provide renewable electricity to the people of Ontario through community ownership.