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Distributed & Community Wind

An interesting NREL report on the employment impacts of operating community wind projects:
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy09osti/45555.pdf
 
The presentation at the recent AWEA conference by NREL's Eric Lantz is attached: NREL's Eric Lantz presentation 
 
An excerpt out of the summary:
 
"New retrospective analysis of operating community wind projects finds that total employment impacts from completed community wind projects are estimated to be on the order of four to six 1-year jobs per-MW during construction and 0.3 to 0.6 long-term jobs per-MW during operations. In addition, when comparing retrospective results of community wind to hypothetical average absentee projects, construction-period employment impacts are 1.1 to 1.3 times higher and operations-period impacts are 1.1 to 2.8 times higher for community wind. Comparing the average of the completed community wind projects studied here with retrospective analysis of the first 1,000 MW of wind in Colorado and Iowa indicates that construction-period impacts are as much as 3.1 times higher for community wind, and operations-period impacts are as much as 1.8 times higher.
 
Ultimately, wind projects are a source of jobs and economic development, and community wind projects are shown to have increased impact both during the construction and operations-period of a wind power plant. The extent of increased impact is primarily a function of local ownership and return on investment. As such, policies that prioritize higher levels of local ownership are likely to result in increased economic development impacts. Furthermore, the increased economic development impact of community wind shown here should not be undervalued. As the wind industry grows and approaches penetrations in the U.S. electricity market of 20%, social opposition to new wind power projects may increase. Community wind could provide a valuable strategy for building community support of wind power -especially in communities that are new to wind power."
 
 
Three excellent reports on distributed wind energy development.
 
The National Wind Coordinating Committee, in its report "Distributed Wind Power Assessment" (February 2001) introduces distributed.
 
These two reports are from Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory:
  "A comparative Analysis of Community Wind Power Development Options in Oregon",July 2004, prepared by Mark Bolinger, Ryan Wiser, Tom Wind, Dan Juhl and Robert Grace for the Energy Trust of Oregon.
 
A Survey of State Support for Community Wind Power Development by Mark Bollinger of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
 
 
The Oregon Wind Working Group has several activities focussed on distributed wind and locally owned wind farms.


 
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How to Develop a Locally Owned Wind Farm (PowerPoint Presentation)
 
 
Rural Wind Energy Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Community-Based Wind (PowerPoint Presentation)
 
Utility Wind Integration Group: Distributed Wind Impacts Project
 
Community Wind: A Review of Select State and Federal Policy Incentives (A Publication of Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc.)
 
Community Wind Financing:
A Handbook by the
Environmental Law & Policy Center
 
The Iowa Policy Project
 
Community Wind: An Oregon Guidebook (Prepared for the Energy Trust of Oregon by Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development)