Benefits of Wind

New Energy Video Broadcast


New Energy Video

New Energy tells the story of how wind, biofuels, and other renewable energy technologies are contributing to the region’s energy security, economic sustainability, and integrity of our natural resources. This half-hour documentary offers a fresh look at how the Midwest is leading the nation’s transition to a cleaner, safer, more stable, and more secure energy system. 

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Report Uses Cases Studies to Explore Community Wind

Lessons & Concepts for Advancing Community Wind, released by The Minnesota Project, seeks to advance the development of community-based wind projects in the United States by drawing keys to success and policy recommendations from three compelling Midwestern case studies.

Wind energy continues to experience double digit growth rates because of the relatively cheap technology and the widespread availability of wind resources, and numerous studies have now shown that locally-owned wind projects produce disproportionate benefits to the local community and region where they are built. This presents community wind energy development as a stand-out opportunity for communities across America to pursue locally-owned projects that will help meet their electricity needs and contribute to energy independence while also providing tremendous economic benefits. 

Report Contents:

  • Section I: Community Wind Case Studies
    • Winona County, MN
    • City of Willmar, MN
    • Miner County, SD
  • Section II: Keys to Success
    • Visioning & Planning
    • Project Leadership
    • Involving the Community
    • Financing & Pricing
  • Section III: Solutions for Advancing Community Wind
    • Dispersed Generation Studies
    • Siting & Permitting Standardization
    • Establishing or Improving C-BED Legislation
    • Rural Utility Service Loans
    • Investment Tax Credit or Cash Grant
    • Net Metering
    • Advanced Renewable Tariffs
    • Standard Offer Contracts
    • Increasing Renewable Portfolio Standards

Wind Turbine Syndrome: Myths and Facts Webinar

This webinar was hosted by Windustry and the Great Lakes Regional Wind Energy Institute with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on February 11, 2010. The webinar provided a discussion of the myths and facts behind wind turbine syndrome and how scientific research is used to both support and deny the claims made.

Presenters for Wind Turbine Syndrome: Myths and Facts included:

  • W. David Colby, M.D.: Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health (Acting); Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
  • Geoff Leventhall, Ph.D.: Consultant in Noise Vibration and Acoustics, UK

Download slides from the webinar:

Additional information is available from the American Wind Energy Association in the report "Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects: An Expert Panel Review."

The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council released their summary report concluding that no evidence exists to positively link wind turbines with adverse health effects. The public statement and review of the evidence can be found at the NHMRC website

The Wind Turbine Syndrome: Myths and Facts webinar and slides are copyrighted by their respective owners and may not be distributed in any format without the explicit written permission of the copyright owners.

Revolution: Oklahoma Wind Energy Conference


Come learn about Oklahoma’s wind energy successes, energy policy developments, technology advancements, and what steps and actions are required to expand our state’s wind energy contribution to America’s energy mix. Featuring special keynote addresses by wind energy advocate T. Boone Pickens and Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy.

This exciting event will include timely seminars about wind energy growth for Oklahoma and America, including discussions about finance, resource assessment, policy, infrastructure, and other key issues, including:

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Webinar: The Basics of Wind Energy

Links to webinar materials

Wind Energy 101 - A presentation that describes the current state of the U.S. wind industry as well as the difference between commercial scale and home and farm scale wind projects.


Wind Energy Myths and Facts

- A presentation that provides information about common concerns and misconceptions about wind energy development. Also provides best resources for further information on these topics.


We invite you to use these slides for your own meetings and presentations.

Ag Community Wind Energy Webinar


This is to announce the first in a series of web casts sponsored by Wind Powering America with the purpose of reaching out to the Ag community. These web casts will occur every other month, the first taking place on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 9:00 PST, 10:00 MST, 11:00 CST, and 12:00 EST. The first web cast will cover the current status of the wind industry, along with the economic development and environmental benefits of wind energy, and will present some results of the AWEA/NREL analysis of the impacts of generating 20% of the Nation’s electricity from wind by 2030.

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Rural Cooperatives Magazine features wind energy

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.

You can read Rural Cooperatives online by clicking here.


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