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Wind Resource Maps and Estimates Show Increased Potential for United States

February 25, 2010 - 2:46pm -- Anonymous

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and consulting firm AWS Truewind, LLC have developed new wind resource maps and wind potential tables for the United States, the first comprehensive update of wind energy potential since 1993. The analysis indicates that wind resources in the U.S. are greater than previous estimates, up to three times more than previous estimates with the potential to generate up to 37 million gigawatt hours annually.

U.S. Wind Resource Map

States Advancing Wind Peer Network

February 1, 2010 - 11:04am -- Anonymous

Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) would like to invite you to join a new States Advancing Wind Peer Network group as part of the DOE's Wind Powering America State Outreach Project. The goal of this initiative is to create a peer-to-peer network for sharing information on the merits, approaches, best program practices, and policy tools available for states to accelerate wind project development.

Community Renewable Energy Deployment Projects Funded by DOE

January 21, 2010 - 12:45pm -- Anonymous

Washington, DC, January 21, 2010 - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the selection of five projects to receive more than $20.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support deployment of community-based renewable energy projects, such as biomass, wind and solar installations. These projects will promote investment in clean energy infrastructure that will create jobs, help communities provide long-term renewable energy and save consumers money.

CERTs Seed Grants in Minnesota

January 20, 2010 - 2:48pm -- Anonymous

The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) project has awarded CERTs seed grants of up to $11,000 to help projects garner further funding and bring communities together in identifying and implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. CERTs received 122 proposals, of which 55 proposals were funded for a total granting amount of $280,000.

Stimulus Incentives Benefit Community Wind

January 5, 2010 - 9:49am -- Anonymous

A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reveals how the 30% investment tax credit (ITC) and cash grant equivalent have increased benefits for the development of Community Wind projects. “Revealing the Hidden Value that the Federal Investment Tax Credit and Treasury Cash Grant Provide To Community Wind Projects” analyzes the impact of new federal policies for wind farm investment incentives introduced this year as part of the U.S. economic stimulus program.

Inland Empire Utilities Agency Request for Proposal

January 4, 2010 - 2:20pm -- Anonymous

Proposals are being accepted by the Inland Empire Utilities Agency Headquarters, a Municipal Water District, for a Power Purchase Agreement required for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of a Wind Turbine Power System at Regional Plant #4 (RP-4). A design-build option is also being solicited in Section 2.b.ii. This RFP provides Vendors with information to prepare and submit proposals for consideration by the Agency.

Opportunity and Challenges for Renewable Energy and Communities

December 15, 2009 - 4:46pm -- Anonymous

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.

Study Finds No Impact of Wind Projects on Property Values

December 3, 2009 - 3:20pm -- Anonymous

A new study answers a long-nagging question of whether property values will decline due to nearby wind energy development. The answer is no, according to a report released by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy: "The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values in the United States: A Multi-Site Hedonic Analysis."

New Community Wind Financing Handbook

December 1, 2009 - 6:18am -- Anonymous

The Environmental Law & Policy Center has published an updated version of the Community Wind Financing Handbook. This guide reflects new financing opportunities available from federal energy and economic stimulus legislation, the new Farm Bill, and state incentives.

Community Wind Financing Handbook


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