This report reviews various business structures for community wind development, reviews previous studies on the economic impact of both wind development in general and the relative impacts of corporate and community wind development, and investigates the specific case of the economic impact of community vs. corporate wind development for a multi-turbine project in Big Stone County, Minnesota.
Minnesota’s original (2005) Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) legislation offers some important benefits to community wind projects, but understanding how it works can be a little challenging. This article will try to explain the major aspects of the C-BED program and illustrate how community projects are helped with a simple example.
A Survey of State Support for Community Wind Power Development by Mark Bolinger of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, published March 2004. The report is part of series called Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy.
June 23-24, 2004
Minneapolis Convention Center
Expanding the Know-How - Expanding the Market
March 7-8, 2006
Iowa Events Center
Des Moines IA
Over 500 participants from 32 states and 3 countries gathered in Des Moines, Iowa March 7-8th to advance the dialogue on community wind. Conference attendees and experts connected with each other over two days to share valuable information and make plans to realize the potential of wind energy for local economies. Thank you to all who participated!
The Commonwealth Wind Incentive Program assists responsibly sited wind energy projects of all scales in achieving successful and timely installations, while also supporting Governor Patrick’s goal of having 2,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity installed in the Commonwealth by 2020. The Commonwealth Wind Incentive Program (CommWind) provides rebate, grant, and loan funding for the installation of wind projects in Massachusetts.