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Illinois landowner and school district benefit from wind energy

Their farmhouse door was one of many that Horizon Energy Services staff members knocked on when they went door-to-door asking if anyone would be interested in a wind farm in McLean County, Illinois.

The landowners were not sure what to think about the idea, so they attended meetings hosted by Horizon to provide information to the community. They, like many other rural citizens, were wondering “What is in it for us?”

Hey, South Dakota… Let’s Talk

During the month of September, the Center for Rural Affairs will host a series of farm tours and community conversations to talk with South Dakotans, particularly from rural and small towns. We’ll chat about how the state’s climate and energy future relates to farming and ranching, soil and water conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy development and many other topics. All of the events are free and open to everyone.

Wind Energy Payments Contribute to Local Roads

In Mower County, Minn., money received from local wind farms will be devoted to roads. The county board recently voted on the decision, responding to calls from local residents for more money in the roads fund.

These payments are likely to be $330,000 to $500,000 each year for a 10-year period. The funds will be geared toward road repairs and maintenance. While these funds may not be a silver bullet, they will contribute significantly toward fixing important infrastructure in the county.

Public Power Gives Nebraskans a Voice in their Energy Future

Electricity is essential for our communities, businesses and households. Nebraska is the only public power state, giving Nebraskans the ability to elect board members that represent our interests and needs, and be leaders for Nebraska’s energy future. Ratepayers-owners have a responsibility to be engaged, and they deserve to have their voices heard by public power and state agencies that make decisions with long-term impacts.

Wind Energy Means Challenges and Opportunity for Rural Communities

Midwestern states continue investing in a bright future by pursuing new renewable energy development. Especially in rural areas, capturing abundant natural resources like wind produces clean power and economic benefits to local areas. After addressing challenges like a lack of sufficient infrastructure to transport new wind energy, states like Michigan have an opportunity to continue expanding their renewable energy industries and boost their economies.
 

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