Community-Based Energy Development

Additional Resources in the United States


Illinois Launches Community-Based Wind Loan Program - Describes a $4 million community-based energy program in Illinois (November 2005).


C-BED Legislation in Iowa - Senate File 355, introduced February 6, 2007 is a bill relating to wind energy by establishing a community-based wind energy program and a community-based energy project study. (February 6, 2007)

Keep renewable energy profits in our rural area - Ottumwa Courier editorial about C-BED by Patrick Bosold of Fairfield. (April 16, 2007)

Community Wind in Iowa - Describes the economic benefits of community-owned wind energy in Iowa compared to out-of-state ownership (April, 2005).


Hull Wind - Describes the Hull wind project near Boston. Hull's first wind turbine is owned by the town, which manages the municipal light department, which in turn serves as the local electric supplier.

Community Wind Collaborative - the Community Wind Collaborative (CWC) is dedicated to helping cities and towns tap into clean, renewable wind power. The CWC offers qualified interested communities technical assistance, wind monitoring equipment, data analysis, and competitively secured resources.


Minnesota Activities - See the C-BED web page dedicated to the deployment of C-BED in Minnesota.


C-BED in Nebraska - LB 629, introduced by Senator Dierks in the 2007 legislative session, creates the Rural Community-Based Energy Development ("C-BED") Act. Its purpose is to foster community-based initiatives on renewable energy that provide local and regional economic development benefits keeping the financial benefits of ownership in the community. The bill was given first-round legislative approval April 26, 2007 with a vote of 36-0.

Lots if inquiries, but energy answers still unclear - Article fromk the North Platte Bulletin about emerging wind development in Nebraska. (April 28, 2007)

Private ownership of Nebraska’s wind energy resources has some lawmakers worried - This article from the Lincoln JournalStar describes how speculators are after thousands of acres of land for the wind rights. “Nebraska has not seen this kind of gold rush mentality,” said John Hansen, president of the Lincoln-based Nebraska Farmers Union. “Nebraska is sitting on a ton of wind capacity.” Hansen said he’s heard reports of developers buying up wind rights on land in Custer, Cherry, Madison, Boone and Antelope counties with an eye for building wind energy farms. (March 21, 2007)


Energy Trust of Oregon - A supporter of community energy in Oregon. This web site contains many valuable resources.

Washington - Describes a cooperative wind energy producer model in Washington state.

Washington State's 2005 Legislative Initiative - Describes the small producer's incentive passed in May, 2005.


Wisconsin Community Based Windpower Project Summary - Describes the favorable results of the Wisconsin Community Based Windpower Business Plan project, which sought to develop a business model that allows for smaller investors to participate in the ownership and financial returns from wind power projects.

RENEW Wisconsin - Provides research and educational materials related to appropriate financial models to support community-based wind development.

Citizens Energy Cooperative - A cooperative model applied to energy services.