Wind Energy Internet Resources

Wind Energy Basics from Windustry. Windustry is a renewable energy advocacy group whose areas of special focus include: economic development from wind energy; landowner rights, risks, and benefits; and community-based wind energy. http://www.windustry.com/basics/default.htm

American Wind Energy Association, AWEA is a national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry - one of the world's fastest growing energy industries. Additionally AWEA is an industry clearinghouse for facts and statistics. http://www.awea.org/

Wind Energy Siting Handbook, developed by the AWEA Siting Committee. This handbook has been designed to provide technical information and useful tools based on the industry's collective experience in siting wind energy projects and assessing potential impacts. 

Community Wind Financing Handbook, from the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) this report from November 2009 explains the options for structuring and financing community-based wind power projects. (24 pages; 1.29 MB PDF) Wind Energy Resources in Missouri, from the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources' Division of Energy Wind Energy Resources.

Small Wind Electric System Guidebook, Produced for US DOE by NREL. Provides general information (zoning, sizing, basic technologies, cost, interconnection/net-metering, etc.) to folks such as homeowners, ranchers, and small businesses interested in looking at small-sized turbines.

Comprehensive Guide to Studying Wind Energy/Wildlife Interactions, produced by the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative. This resource document of the Wildlife Workgroup is intended as a guide to persons involved in designing, conducting, or requiring wind energy/wildlife interaction studies.(289 pages; 6.0 MB)

Ten Steps to Building a Wind Farm, from the American Wind Energy Association. This 2-page fact sheet provides an overview of wind energy development process, and provides links to related documents.

Status of Wind Industry in North America