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As power costs continue to rise, alternative power sources, like wind, become not only environmentally viable but economically feasible. Rife with large, windswept rural areas, communities in EPA Region 8 are uniquely situated to take advantage of this. 

Links to Additional Wind Energy Resources

American Wind Energy Association: 
Blackfeet Wind Projects: 
http://biology.umt.edu/ more/Bcc.htm 
Energy Information Association: http://www.eia.doe.gov/ cneaf/solar. renewables/page/pubs.html 

Indian Sustainable Energy News, lists alternative energy projects on Regional Reservations
http://eetd.lbl.gov/nareep/ISEN/ ISEN_Winter00/index.html

Map showing wind projects by state, (AWEA)
http://www.awea.org/ projects/index.html
Idaho Wind Power Information
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (DOE):
A hub of Wind Power info
http://www.nrel.gov/ clean_energy/elec_wind.html
Renewable Energy (Montana DEQ)
http://www.energizemontana. com or
http://deq.state.mt.us/energy/ Renewable/index.asp
Montana Green Power: Wind

Montana Consumer's Wind Guide On Line
http://www.montanagreenpower.com/ pdf/Montanawindguide.pdf
Prairie Winds Project, ND
http://www.basinelectric.com/ news/detail.php?id=84  
Ask a South Dakotan, "What do you do when
the wind doesn't blow?" and the answer is, "I wouldn't know."
SDSU Wind Resource Assement Network


Utah Wind Power

Wind Energy Resource Information: 
http://www.windustry.org /basics/02-whywind.htm
Wind Powering Montana Workshop Presentations On-line


Wind Info

Largest Wind-Energy Conference (6/3/02)

Rosebud, Arabia of Wind (5/21/02)
The Rosebud Indian Reservation has begun a pilot wind project that will provide a model for other Indian tribes and others. It will also be the beginning of what is expected to be a 50-megawatt wind farm on three locations on the Rosebud reservation.

First Native American Large-Scale Wind Turbine in South Dakota (5/7/02)
The E-Wire news service reports: The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council and NativeEnergy today announced the completion of an agreement that will bring critical financial support that will allow the Tribe to proceed with construction on its first large-scale wind turbine, which has been stalled over the past year due to funding uncertainties. For full text see:

Wind Powers 10 Million Homes Worldwide - Report (3/8/02)
PlanetArt reports: Wind power now accounts for the energy demands of over 10 million homes around the world, and is the fastest growing energy source, a joint report by three industry associations said yesterday. Wind turbine installations worldwide soared by 45 percent or 6,500 megawatt (MW) in 2001, bringing global total windpower capacity to 24,000 MW, the European, American and Indian wind energy associations said in a statement. To read the full article see: http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/14917/story.htm.

Energy Poll Results (12/10/01)
A recent poll by the Gallup Organization indicates broad support for investmenting in the nation's energy supply. Americans seem to support the construction of traditional power plants and development of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power. See at: http://www.gallup.com/poll/releases/pr011127.asp.

Newest Iowa Wind Farm Dedicated (Iowa Department of Natural Resources)
The 89 wind turbines that make up the Top of Iowa Wind Farm are in north central Iowa are now producing electricity for Iowa and Wisconsin. The farm will produce about 80 MW of electricity per year, enough to power 40,000 homes. See: http://www.state.ia.us/government/dnr/energy/news/press/ 2001/November%2030.htm.

Omaha Public Power Approves Wind Turbine (9/21/01)
In their first attempt to harness wind power, Omaha Public Power District is designing and building a wind tower. The turbine will generate a maximum of 660 kilowatts. If the turbine operated at maximum power, it would generate enough electricity to power about 480 homes, based on figures provided by OPPD. For more information see: http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_np=0&u_div=3&u_hdg=0&u_sid=198156

University of Colorado Students Vote "Yes" For Wind Power!

Wind Power Cheaper than Coal-Generated (8/23/01)
According to a group of Stanford engineers, wind is now "obviously cheaper" than coal. When indirect health and environmental costs are calculated, coal-generated electricity is much more expensive than cleaner wind-generated power. For more information see: http://www.msnbc.com/news/617631.asp.

Tax Credits for Small Wind Turbines For Residential Use (7/9/01)
A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide a tax credit for residential wind generators. Representative J.C. Watts, an Oklahoma Republican, sponsored the legislation, which would provide a 30 percent investment tax credit for the units. For more information see: http://www.awea.org or http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jul2001/2001L-07-09-09.html. 

Wind Turbine Studies, RFP Scheduled for Release: September 1, 2001 (7/7/01)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), announces its intent to conduct a competitive procurement with industry to perform Low Wind Speed Turbine (LWT) Concept Studies.  Approx. $600K expected to be available for 4 to 6 awards of a 3 to 6 months duration.  For more info, contact Neil Wikstrom, NREL, at 303/384-6960. Refer to Sol# RAM-1-31235. 

New Green-e Renewable Energy Website (6/18/01)
The Green-e Program has officially launched a new advanced web site, http://www.green-e.org, which offers fresh approaches to informing consumers and power providers on renewable energy. The new site enables consumers to receive information on renewable electricity choices by clicking their state on the US map. For more information contact: Keri Bolding, CRS Communications Director, 415-561-2100, kbolding@resource-solutions.org/ or see http://www.resource-solutions.org/.  

Wind Power Becoming Worldwide Choice (5/18/01)
Worldwide installations of wind energy generating capacity outstripped those of nuclear for the second year in a row in 2000, an indication that wind is becoming a competitive player in today's power markets. The steady growth of investment in wind farms makes it clear that deployment of wind power can be part of the solution to America's energy crisis, according to AWEA. For more information contact: Tom Gray at 802/649-2112, or Christine Real de Azua at 202/383-2508/ or visit http://www.awea.org/.  

Wind Power as Rural “Crop”(3/22/01)
Capturing energy from wind blowing over the land is emerging as one of the most lucrative "crops" around. An article in Tidepool Magazine, “Harvesting The Wind: A New Economic Opportunity for Rural Communities,” reports that  farmers and ranchers typically earn $2,000 annually for each wind turbine sited on their land. Since a turbine only requires around one-half acre, harvesting the wind has a profitability per acre many times that of most other crops. Additionally, the Seattle Post-Intelligencier reports: “As the Northwest faces the prospect of skyrocketing wholesale electricity rates in coming years, experts say rural communities could become a major source of clean power for the region's energy-hungry cities. Rural landowners could generate energy not only for their own needs but even produce marketable excess power to sell.” To view these articles see: http://tidepool.org/features/mazza.wind.cfm or http://seattlep-i.nwsource.com/local/farm30.shtml


Low Costs Position Wind as Clean Solution to Energy Crisis (3/22/01)
The American Wind Energy Association reports: "Electricity from large new wind farms proposed in the Western United States will be generated at record-low costs, establishing wind energy as a source of electricity that can play a significant role in stabilizing electricity prices while offsetting pollution associated with conventional electricity generation." View the AWEA comparative energy cost fact sheet, at: http://www.awea.org/pubs/factsheets.html

Largest Wind Farm In the World (3/22/01)
In January, plans for construction of 450 windmills along the Oregon-Washington line, to generate 300 megawatts or enough electricity for 70,000 homes in 11 Western states, was announced. Factoring in the savings from the federal wind energy production tax credit, the “Stateline” wind farm will achieve record-low costs of only 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Construction could be completed by the end of the year. With this winter's elevated natural gas prices, wind energy is now shaping up as one of the lowest-cost options for electricity production. For more information view http://www.enn.com/news/wire-stories/2001/01/01112001/ap_wind_41291.asp

What is the Value of Energy? (2/27/01)
The Flathead Business Journal reports that Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. will shut down for a year, and sell its available power (via contracts negotiated with the Bonneville Power Administration) to energy-strapped Western utilities. The plant can make more money by shutting down and selling its power, than by operating. 


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