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Recent posts by Lucas Nelsen

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.
 

Respect and Restore

We believe that developing renewable wind energy brings real benefits to rural communities across the nation. To ensure these benefits aren’t realized at the expense of landowners and community members, wind energy projects must address the challenges presented by the construction process.
 
The Center for Rural Affairs recently released a report entitled Respect and Restore: Reassessing Local Wind Energy Standards, that examines issues being overlooked in county and township wind energy ordinances.
 

Wind Energy Equals Missouri Opportunity

The Midwest and Great Plains is an area that has a bright future in renewable energy, especially in rural areas where space and resources are abundant. Besides bringing cheap and clean energy to these states, renewable energy also brings new manufacturing and income sources that can reinvigorate local economies.  Tapping into renewable resources like wind and providing homes and businesses the opportunity to use this renewable power is the first step to bringing these benefits to rural communities.
 

New Report Examines How to Make Local Wind Energy Ordinances Better

Wind energy is a valuable economic driver for rural communities. New development brings jobs to local areas, providing new customers for local businesses. Projects also provide direct annual payments to landowners who host turbines, giving them a new source of income.

Local communities and counties benefit as well. Projects add new property tax revenue – money to support essential services like schools, fire, and police. 

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