Community Wind Resources
Community Wind: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Larry Flowers, AWEA’s Deputy Director of small & community wind, developed this presentation that includes case studies of projects in Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota, Iowa, California and Massachusetts.
Community Wind Projects: Challenges and Opportunities
This presentation from Thomas Wind of Wind Utility Consulting provides an overview of community wind projects, types of financing, requirements for a successful project, and project examples.
AWEA Distributed & Community Wind Reports
The American Wind Energy Association publishes market reports, policy overviews and other publications pertaining to small and community wind. The latest market report, U.S. Small Wind Turbine Market Report for Year Ending 2011 (published June 2012), is available as a free download. A summary fact sheet is also available.
Planning for Wind Energy
The American Planning Association (APA) offers this report to help community planners build stakeholder support and provide key technical information to public officials. APA partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Clarion Associates, and the American Wind Energy Association to produce Planning for Wind Energy with funding from the Department of Energy.
Jobs and Economic Development Impacts (JEDI) Model Publications
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has compiled a list of publications documenting JEDI analyses.
Economic Development Impacts of Community Wind Projects: A Review and Empirical Evaluation
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. This fact sheet summarizes the journal article.
Ex-post Analysis of Economic Impacts from Wind Power Development in U.S. Counties
This journal article summarizes the input-output literature for counties and breaks out the range of results for community wind and absentee projects.
Economic Development Benefits from Wind Power in Nebraska: A Report for the Nebraska Energy Office Continued expansion of the wind industry into Nebraska would bring new employment and economic development to Nebraska and the country. This report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory focuses on the economic development impacts that would result in Nebraska from development and operation of wind power in the state as envisioned in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) report 20% Wind Energy by 2030. This fact sheet summarizes the report.
Community Wind 101: A Primer for Policymakers
Harvest Clean Energy published Community Wind 101, a primer on community wind for policymakers and clean energy advocates, based on a survey and synopsis of the best literature in the field.
Community Wind: An Oregon Guidebook
Northwest SEED produced this guidebook for the Energy Trust of Oregon to facilitate successful, cost-effective community wind development that provides measurable benefits for Oregon's environment and local economies.
Community Wind Financing Handbook
The Environmental Law & Policy Center published this handbook that provides information on financing community wind projects, including ownership structures, roles of financial intermediaries, and sources of federal and state financial support.
Community Wind Power: A Guide for Upper Peninsula Communities
This guide is designed to help community wind proponents explore the idea of developing a wind energy project that provides the benefits of renewable wind energy to their community. It will help you decide if wind power is right for your community.
Community Wind Power: Local Energy for Local People
The German Wind Energy Association produced this guide which summarizes Germany's experiences with community wind and includes case studies.
American Public Power Association (APPA)
The APPA is the service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities.
Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA)
DWEA offers information on small and community wind, including policy and permitting and zoning. The group also posts links to news and events.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
NREL's wind energy researchers provide technical support for the large-scale deployment of wind power.
National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC)
The NWCC provides a neutral forum for stakeholders to pursue the shared objective of developing environmentally, economically and politically sustainable commercial markets for wind power in the United States.
Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG)
UWIG's mission is to accelerate the development and application of good engineering and operational practices supporting the appropriate integration of wind power into the electric system. The group's website offers links to presentations, publications and other wind information.
U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Program
The Wind Program supports rapid expansion of clean, affordable, reliable domestic wind power to promote new job creation, increase rural economic development, and help meet the nation's energy needs. The program manages the public's investment in wind technologies to improve the performance and lower the cost of wind power.
Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration markets and delivers reliable, renewable power and related services within a 15-state region of the central and western United States.
Minnesota-based Windustry offers community wind information for farmers and rural landowners looking to develop commercial-scale wind projects, including a Community Wind Toolbox and a wind project calculator.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Wind Energy Foundation
AWEA's Wind Energy Foundation offers wind energy information, including many links to research, resources and policy.