Working with Rural Electric Cooperatives to Promote Community Wind Power


Times are EST - Community wind, or locally owned wind power, is a great source of power for rural communities with good wind resources. Numerous studies have shown that revenue from community wind development beats traditional wind models. Wind power development is a win-win-win for rural economic development, national security, and the environment. However, community wind development often faces significant obstacles, including higher costs and limited policy support. Fortunately there are ways to develop community wind despite these and other challenges. Numerous rural electric cooperatives are on the front lines of electrifying the grid using clean, renewable wind power.

This webinar session, the 2nd one to date on community wind run by 25x'25, will feature case studies of community wind development by two RECs leading this important effort, talk about how their projects have succeeded despite the challenges and make suggestions for working with an REC or utility in your area.

Session Leaders:

* Ernie Shea, 25x'25 Project Coordinator
* Ron Rebenitsch, Basic Electric Power Cooperative, Manager of Alternative Technologies
* Rick Olesen, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, V.P. Operations & Engineering
* Peggy Beltrone, 25x'25 Steering Committee Member and Montana Cascade County Commissioner

How to participate (using both computer and phone):

Step 1: Computer login
Go to
Participant code login: 126131

Step 2: Phone call in
Call in number: 1-866-805-0848
Participant code: 126131

Important note:
Participants must be using Microsoft Internet Explorer as their web browser and pop-up blockers and session cookies must be enabled. Then, participants should visit before the webinar to test their system by clicking on the System Check link.

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