Denver CO - As part of its 2010 webinar series, U.S. DOE’s Wind Powering America program is presenting Community Wind Across America. Windustry Executive Director Lisa Daniels will join other presenters in a discussion of the benefits of strategic partnerships.
Benefits of Community Wind
Washington, D.C., April 28, 2010 - U.S. Senators Harry Reid, Blanche Lincoln, and Debbie Stabenow were joined by former president Bill Clinton and wind energy developer Dan Juhl as they hosted a Rural Summit at the capitol. The event brought together stakeholders from communities around the country to focus on revitalizing rural America through economic development and job creation, and preserving the rural way of life for future generations.
“Economic Development Impacts of Community Wind Projects: A Review and Empirical Evaluation” by E. Lantz and S. Tegen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in April 2009.
Community wind projects have long been touted (both anecdotally and in the literature) to increase the economic development impacts of wind projects, but most analyses of community wind have been based on expected results from hypothetical projects. This report provides a review of previous economic development analyses of community wind projects and compares these projected results with empirical impacts from projects currently in operation.
The energy sector is transforming from a “big” business structure driven by non-renewable environmental extraction to a sector built on accessible abundant and renewable energy to households and business of all sizes, according to a series of briefing papers by the Center for Social Inclusion. This change will bring exciting new entrepreneurship opportunities and the potential to transform socially and economically isolated communities into meaningful partners in their local and regional economies.
“Community-based renewable energy projects can produce big benefits,” according to Julie Curti and Justin Goetz in their article “Rewards of Ownership” in a recent issue of Rural Cooperatives Magazine, published by U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This publication goes through a broad overview of community-wind development. In includes some helpful resources and addresses the many different areas that community-wind development entails. The content is based on a series of presentations from 2008 by the same title.
The Harvesting Clean Energy Conference is the Northwest’s premiere gathering to advance rural economic development through clean energy production. Clean energy offers practical, profitable opportunities for our farmers, ranchers, rural utilities and towns, tribes, and regional economy.
What It Covers
With talk of wind as an alternative energy source for south-central Kansas, a wind energy summit is being planned for area producers, wind energy enthusiasts, landowners, county commissioners, city commissioners and other interested parties.
Steve Errebo, Lincoln County Commissioner, will give an overview of an entire completed wind farm project.
The November/December 2007 issue of Rural Cooperatives, a magazine published by USDA Rural Development, features wind energy.
The issue includes stories about:
- the Minwind projects in Luverne, MN,
- how USDA 9006 grants are supporting wind energy in Iowa,
- the technician training program at Iowa Lakes Community College,
- the Trimont, MN wind project,
- the Corn Plus Ethanol plant wind project in Winnebago, MN,
- Basin Electric Power Cooperative's wind initatives,
- Illinois Rural Electric Coop's wind turbine, and
- a great piece about opportunities for coops to participate in wind energy.