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Minnesota at Forefront of Community Power Movement

October 16, 2009 - 3:01pm -- Anonymous

As the state of Minnesota seeks to generate 25 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2025, communities are finding both that they can be part of that solution and that solution can be part of the future of their community.

"This is the biggest investment Willmar Municipal Utilities has ever made," says chief engineer Wes Hompe about a pair of 2-megawatt wind turbines costing nearly $10 million. "What makes it worthwhile? This is the future."

When the Media "Gets It" about Community Wind

October 13, 2009 - 11:15am -- Anonymous

One of my pet peeves, as I scan media articles about wind energy, is the number of times when the "community" part of wind energy is either poorly communicated or entirely misunderstood.  So it is refreshing to find good stories in major media outlets which truly represent community wind and I feel like I should pass them along.  That's the case with

Get Small and Get In

October 9, 2009 - 10:04am -- Anonymous

"Get small and get in!" is the new message from the federal government, according to Denis Thoet, who manages Long Meadow Farm in West Gardiner, Maine. In his Kennebec Journal article "Wisdom of helping small farmers begins to take root throughout U.S.," he contrasts USDA programs that for decades have benefited expansive agricultural operations with new programs that can benefit smaller farm operations.

Smart Grid Research

August 21, 2009 - 1:30pm -- Anonymous

If you think you really know what "smart grid" is all about, raise your hand.  OK, so I can't really tell, but, if you're like me, this is a term that sounds great but has very little real content for you.  Unfortunately, most media coverage uses this term without any definition, as if we all knew what it was and how it works.  So I was pleasantly surprised to read

Important news for Wisconsin schools, non-profits and units of government

August 21, 2009 - 10:20am -- Anonymous

We Energies will offer grants for qualified We electric customers (not-for-profit, schools and units of government) with the installation of a wind electric system over 20 kW and not more than 100 kW. Customer incentives are provided from We Energies Renewable Energy Development (RED) Program.

Lawyers, Non-profits Shed Light on Wind Industry

August 13, 2009 - 3:32pm -- Anonymous

Melissa Peterson, program analyst at Windustry, was quoted in the article "Lawyers, non-profits shed light on wind industry" in The Journal [New Ulm] after speaking to farmers, landowners, city and county officials at the Springfield Community Center.

"We've seen these documents range from the good, bad, and ugly," Peterson said.

Peterson added that landowners that form their own wind energy group with local investors can create projects faster and easier than by private firms dealing with individual landowners.