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Title: Community%20Wind


1
Community Wind
  • Lisa Daniels,
  • Windustry Executive Director
  • IPED Wind Energy Finance
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • May 9, 2008

2
Outline
  • About Windustry
  • Community wind What is it?
  • Benefits
  • Moving Community Wind out of the Midwest
  • A few success stories

3
Who is Windustry?
  • Windustry promotes progressive renewable energy
    solutions and empowers communities to develop
    wind energy as an environmentally sustainable,
    community-owned asset. Through member supported
    outreach, education and advocacy we work to
    remove the barriers to broad community ownership
    of wind energy.

4
Windustry
  • Creating an understanding of wind energy
    opportunities for rural economic benefit.
  • Non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, MN
    - work locally, regionally and nationally
  • www.Windustry.org
  • Focus on landowner/community options
  • Wind Farmers Network
  • National Community Wind Energy Conference

5
Landowner Options
  • Lease your land to a wind project
  • Local project
  • External developer
  • Be a partner in a community wind project
  • Put up a residential or farm size wind turbine
    for your own power

6
Windustry ResourcesCommunity Wind Toolbox
7
What is Community Wind?
  • Working Definition
  • Locally owned, commercial-scale wind projects
    that optimize local benefits.
  • Locally owned means that members of the local
    community have a significant direct financial
    stake in the project other than through land
    lease payments, tax revenue, or other payments in
    lieu of taxes.

8
Who qualifies as local?
  • We have seen several definitions
  • Some states define
  • local owners must pay income taxes in the state
    or
  • Federal side - often uses geography -
  • i.e. local owners must live within 200 miles of
    project

9
What is not in the Community Wind Definition?
  • Size of project

10
Benefits of Community Wind
  • All the benefits of large wind development, plus
  • Greater stimulation of local economies
  • Increased local energy independence
  • Increased competition in energy markets
  • Greater acceptance of wind power

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Minnesota Supports Community Wind Through Public
Policy
  • Utility resource acquisition requirements
  • Renewable Energy Objective
  • Renewable Development Fund
  • Production Incentives
  • Small Wind Energy Tariff
  • Department of Commerce and USDA Grants
  • Community-Based Energy Development Tariff

13
Moving Community Wind outside the Midwest
  • NGOs, Farm Org.s, Legal counsel, financiers,
    elected officials
  • Mass.
  • Oregon
  • Colorado
  • NY, NC, PA, NJ, RI, ME, and more in the works

14
Moving Community Wind Out of the Midwest
Community Wind Energy 2008 in Albany, NY
15
Community Wind Market Brings
  • Diversity of
  • Policy Incentives
  • Technology
  • Business Models
  • Finance
  • Benefits

16
More Diverse Policy
  • Currently
  • USDA Farm Bill
  • CREBS
  • New Markets Tax Credits
  • New Policy Coming up
  • Renewable Energy Payments - styled after
    European Feed-In Tariffs
  • Federal and several states (2008 Bills introduced
    CA, MN, VT, RI, MI, and others in the works)

17
Renewable Energy Payments
  • Renewable Energy technologies are guaranteed
    interconnection to elec. grid
  • Premium rate paid for power sold is designed to
    provide a reasonable profit for investors over a
    20 year term
  • Rates are different for each technology (wind,
    solar, biomass, geothermal etc)
  • Keep watch on our website for more info and
    links, www.windustry.org

18
Midsize and Large Commercial Scale Wind Turbines
  • Midsize turbines 100kW - 1000kW
  • As well as Large Turbines
  • Local people have access to training for
    operation and maintenance
  • O M can be aggregated regionally
  • Lighter weight machines and hub height to suit
    crane availability

19
New Transmission and Wind Resource Maps New
Planning Approach
Find maps and study report at www.windustry.org/d
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Study performed by CapX 2020 Utilities
20
Community Wind Energy Success Stories
  • Farmer/Local Investors
  • Local Utilities Municipal Utilities and Rural
    Electric Cooperatives
  • Schools
  • Tribal Communities
  • Community Institutions
  • New Models for Wind Industry and Community
    Partnerships

21
Kas Brothers Plant 25-Year Cash Crop
  • First farmer-owned, commercial-scale projectin
    U.S.
  • Two 750 kW NEG Micon turbines installed in 2001.
  • Financed with local banks
  • Dozens of farmers in MN now following this model.
  • Some with an equity partner, some without.

Richard and Roger Kas Woodstock, MN
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Minwind Energy, Luverne, Minnesota
  • Farmer Ownership
  • Nine LLCs, 11 wind turbines owned by 200 local
    investors.
  • Installed in 2002 and 2004.
  • Goals local economic dev., maximize return on
    investment, diversify local economy.

23
State EnergyOffice
USDA
Lawyers
Elected Officials
Accountants
Contractors
Bankers
Developer
Equipment Suppliers
Minwind Board
Minwind CEO
Accountants
Investors
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Moorhead Public ServiceMoorhead, Minnesota
  • Two 750 kW turbines, installed in 1999 and 2001.
  • Public utility- used their own funds to purchase
    the machine.
  • Among the highest subscription rates in the
    nation and one of the early successful municipal
    projects.
  • Several good Iowa examples as well, including
    Waverly, IA.

25
Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative Pike County,
Illinois
  • Planning a spring 2005 ribbon cutting for a 1.65
    MW turbine.
  • Inspired by new IL wind maps that show some of
    the best wind in the state to be in IREC
    territory.
  • Turbine will generate about 4 of IRECs power
    needs, close to the 5 limit in wholesale power
    contract.
  • Project supported by 3 grants (USDA, IL state
    grant, and IL Clean Energy Foundation)

IREC Engineering Manager and project leader Sean
Middleton.
26
School Wind Projects K-12
  • Wind turbines can supply schools with clean
    energy, new revenue, and learning opportunities.
  • 8 school districts in Iowa have wind turbine from
    50 to 750 kW
  • Spirit Lake Schools pioneered the idea in 1993
    with a 250 kW turbine, followed by a 750 kW
    turbine in 2003.
  • Other school projects in MN, IL, CO, PA, VT, MA,
    MI, tribal communities

Spirit Lake, Iowa
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Carleton College Northfield, Minnesota
  • Dedicated a 1,650 kW wind turbine in September
    2004
  • First college to have a large scale turbine.
  • Supported by MN Dept. of Commerce Community Wind
    Rebate, MN REPI, and Xcel standard tariff for
    small wind projects.
  • First of many planned college and university
    projects

Carleton Turbine in November 2004
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SMI Hydraulics, Inc.Porter, Minnesota
Photos courtesy www.smihyd.com
29
  • Wind energy is where we need to goits good for
    the environment and builds American energy
    independence and American industry. Our family
    owned business can work profitably in wind
    power.
  • Gary Stoks
  • CEO, SMI Hydraulics
  • Porter, Minnesota

30
Lamar, Colorado
  • Local project piggybacked on large wind project.
  • Four 1.5 MW GE turbines less than 25 miles from
    CO Green, a 162 MW project in Lamar
  • Municipal Utilities (Lamar Light Power and
    Arkansas River Power Authority) timed their
    project to coincide with Colorado Green.
  • Coordinated with CO Green to lower development,
    construction and maintenance costs.

31
In Closing - Outcomes of Community Wind
Conference 2008
  • Closing comments of Jim Walker, 07-08
    President-elect AWEA
  • Vision
  • Wind Energy 20 of US electricity and
  • Community Wind 20 of wind projects
  • Roadmap
  • Help deal with transmission, access to the market
    and financing
  • New and innovative business models
  • There is a huge future for Community wind.

32
  • Community wind helps get people connected to
    their energy use. Local energy production helps
    to build a better society, a better culture, and
    a better planet.
  • David Benson
  • Windustry, Board of Directors, Chair
  • Farmer and Nobles County Commissioner
  • Bigelow, Minnesota

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Contact Info
  •    
  • e-mail lisadaniels_at_windustry.org
  • www.Windustry.org
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