Wind Energy for Rural Economic Development

Research output: NRELBrochure


The wind industry contributes to the economies of 46 states, and the outlook for regional economic growth from wind energy is heartening. Wind energy projects provide new jobs, a new source of revenue to farmers and ranchers, and an increased local tax base for rural communities. And wind energy is homegrown energy that helps secure our energy future during uncertain times while reducingpollution emissions and preserving our precious water resources. In fact, achieving the goals of the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America initiative during the next 20 years will create $60 billion in capital investment in rural America, provide $1.2 billion in new income for farmers and rural landowners, and create 80,000 new jobs. Wind energy is the fastest-growing energy sourcein the world, and rural communities are poised to reap the benefits. This brochure provides rural stakeholders with information about wind energy projects and rural economic development, including case studies and resources for those interested in bringing wind energy to their communities.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2004

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BR-500-33590

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102004-1826


  • Colorado
  • corn growers
  • increased tax base
  • Minnesota
  • natural gas prices
  • rural economic development
  • Texas
  • wind energy
  • wind turbines


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