Upper Midwest is a Model...
Options for Community Wind Power Development
new case study, A
Survey of State Support for Community Wind Power Development,
describes various policies and incentives that states are using to support
community wind power development. These are projects consisting of one
or more locally owned, utility-scale wind turbines interconnected on either
the customer or utility side of the meter. The study also details how
state and federal support influences the types of projects that are developed.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in conjunction with the Clean Energy
States Alliance, has announced the release of the latest installment in
the case study series, Case
Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy.
Once primarily a European phenomenon, community wind power development
is attracting the attention of an increasing number of states for a variety
of reasons. In the upper Midwest, for example, "community wind" is seen
as a way to supplement and stabilize farmer incomes, and to promote rural
economic development. In the Northeast, which has to date seen relatively
little wind power development, states are turning to community wind as
a way to enhance the public's knowledge, perception and acceptance of
The majority of this study focuses on the upper Midwest, and in particular
Minnesota, which is both the birthplace and current "hotbed" of community
wind power development in the United States. Other states covered include
Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York. Experience in these
states demonstrates that, with an array of incentives and creative financing
schemes targeted at community-scale projects, there are opportunities
to make community wind work in the United States.