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Economic Development
Throughout the world, development of wind energy is seen as a way to assist the expansion of local economies. It delivers short-term construction jobs and long term employment for operating and maintaining the wind facilities. It increases the largely rural tax basis, and if the facility is locally owned, the return on its investment has a positive effect on the region as well. Solid data on the economic impacts of wind energy development are becoming available. Following are resources and reports that highlight a variety of related issues.
 
From the National Wind Energy Coordinating Committee:"Assessing the Economic Development Impacts of Wind Power", prepared by the Northwest Economic Associates, Vancouver, WA, February, 2003.
The NWCC seeks to explore the economic development benefits and cost of wind power for landowners and communities, particularly economically challenged areas.

 
From the Energy Trust of Oregon: "Economic Impact Analysis of Energy Trust of Oregon Program Activities", prepared by ECONorthwest, Portland, OR, April, 2003.
 
From ECONorthwest:"Economic Impacts of Wind Power in Kittitas County", October 2002.
 
From the Renewable Energy Policy Project: "The work that goes into Renewable Energy", November 2001:
 
From the Union of Concerned Scientist: Renewing Oregon.
http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/report.cfm?publicationID=625
and
http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/pdfs/econ_clemmer.pdf

 
Renewable Energy
 
Wind Energy
 
National Wind Resource Assessment
 
National Wind Technology Center (NREL)
 
United States Department of Energy - Wind Energy