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Federal Energy Incentives Are Drifting in the Wind

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2008 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

A wind turbine can power up to 600 homes, but 600 homeowners can’t get together to own a wind turbine. Why? Because federal law makes local ownership virtually impossible. The federal wind-energy incentives — up for renewal this year — discriminate against local ownership and favor absentee ownership. They also severely restrict the number of investors who can finance wind-energy generators.

View the full text of the op-ed by ILSR’s John Farrell, published today in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power. More

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