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American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
Since 1974, AWEA has advocated the development of wind energy as a reliable, environmentally superior energy alternative in the United States and around the world. AWEA's Green Power Factsheets provide answers to basic questions about Green Power, including what it is, the rationale for purchasing it, and procedures for buying it.

Choosing a Home-Sized Wind Generator
The August/September 2002 issue of Home Power Magazine is a must-read for anyone contemplating installing a wind generator. Home Power leads the reader through all the steps necessary to arrive at the answer to this key question about wind systems: which one should you choose. The entire 17-page article can be downloaded from Home Power’s website.

Consumer's Guide to Renewable Energy in Arkansas
While intended for Arkansas residents and businesses, much of the information presented in this publication also applies to residents in other states. Includes useful information on solar, wind, and renewable fuels.

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is recognized as a world leader in creating science and technology solutions for the energy industry and for the benefit of the public. EPRI's technical program spans virtually every aspect of power generation, delivery, and use, including environmental considerations. The organization serves more than 1,000 energy organizations worldwide and draws on a global network of technical and business expertise to help solve energy problems.

Energy Resources Research Laboratory (ERRL)
The ERRL at Oregon State University has managed the data collection, quality assurance, and analysis for the Bonneville Power Administration's wind energy resource studies since 1978 and manages other data management activities for transmission line research. It maintains a large data base of wind data for the Pacific Northwest. This web page summarizes the wind statistics of the five Bonneville Power Administration's long-term wind monitoring sites in the Pacific Northwest.

Guided Tour on Wind Energy
Want to know where wind energy comes from? Want to learn about the Coriolis Force, global winds, geostrophic wind, wind speed measurement, the wind rose, wind shear, and wind shade? Need to find a wind shade calculator, information about wind turbine components, rotor blades, and wind energy economics? Answers to all your questions about wind energy can be found at the Danish Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association’s Guided Tour on Wind Energy. The website includes wind resource calculators and features more than 100 animated pages on wind resources, wind turbine technology, and economics. Each of the nine tours is a self-contained unit, so you may take the tours in any order.

Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ME3) website provides many pages of wind energy information, including a wealth of links to utilities, research and other organizations, wind industry companies, federal government resources and wind energy publications and miscellaneous information.

Montana Wind Energy Atlas 
The Montana Wind Energy Atlas is a comprehensive analysis of wind energy data available as of 1987. Data collected by a variety of public and private organizations at 158 wind monitoring sites around Montana were reviewed. Data from 56 sites are analyzed in the Atlas. Information on the sites and the data collection programs is included. While more data have been gathered since the Atlas was published, it remains the only publicly available collection of data from numerous sites. These historical data should be useful for preliminary identification of potential sites. The Atlas is available on line at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality Energize Montana website.

National Wind Coordinating Committee (NWCC)
A U.S. consensus-based collaborative formed in 1994, NWCC identifies issues that affect the use of wind power, establishes dialogue among key stakeholders, and catalyzes appropriate activities to support the development of an environmentally, economically, and politically sustainable commercial market for wind power. NWCC members include representatives from electric utilities and support organizations, state legislatures, state utility commissions, consumer advocacy offices, wind equipment suppliers and developers, green power marketers, environmental organizations, and state and federal agencies.

Wind Energy Basics
Provides information about wind, including how wind turbines work , advantages and disadvantages of its use, wind energy use throughout history, U.S. wind energy resource potential, and current research and development.

Renewable Energy Opportunities on the Farm
Renewable energy represents an important option for agricultural producers. This publication from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service/ATTRA introduces three renewable energy resources that can be attractive and economically feasible for the farm: solar, wind, and renewable fuels. This is not a technical guide for designing or installing renewable energy systems but, instead, an overview that provides information on wind, solar, and renewable fuel technologies, cost and savings, site planning, and financial incentives. A list of resources follows the narrative.

Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC)
Provides information on several types of renewable energy resources in the United States, in the form of publications, data, and maps. An extensive dictionary of renewable energy related terms is also provided. The News section announces new products on the RReDC, which is supported by the U. S. Department of Energy's Resource Assessment Program and managed by the Photovoltaics Technology Division of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Small-Scale Wind Energy on the Farm
This new 2007 publication from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service /ATTRA will introduce you to small-scale wind energy to help you decide if wind energy is an economical option for your farm or ranch.

Small Wind Electric Systems – A Montana Consumer’s Guide (PDF)
Learn about small wind systems and whether one is right for you in a this new booklet published jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. The booklet includes a wind resource map of Montana, an explanation of state incentives for installing a wind system, and a list of contacts for more information.

Small Wind Electric Systems – A U. S. Consumer’s Guide (PDF)
This guide provides basic information you need to answer those questions and to address the many factors you need to consider to successfully install a small wind energy system and get maximum production.

Small Wind Energy Systems for the Homeowner
This publication will help you decide whether a wind system is practical for you. It explains the benefits, helps you assess your wind resource and possible sites, discusses legal and environmental obstacles, and analyzes economic considerations such as pricing.

Small Wind System Slide Shows
Downloadable slide shows from the American Wind Energy Association.

Solar and Wind Easements 
Montana's solar and wind easement provisions allow property owners to create solar and wind easements for the purpose of protecting and maintaining proper access to sunlight and wind. While 32 other states have solar easement provisions, only three other states have created specific provisions for the creation of wind easements. Montana's solar easement law was enacted in 1979 and the wind easement was enacted in 1983. For more information, contact Tom Livers, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, at 406-444-6776

Utility Wind Interest Group (UWIG)
A non-profit corporation whose mission is to accelerate the appropriate integration of wind power for utility applications through the coordinated efforts and actions of its members, in collaboration with public and private sector stakeholders. Membership is open to utilities and other entities that have an interest in wind generation.

What Landowners Need to Know About Attracting Wind Energy Developers to Their Land in North Dakota
Published by the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, this brochure can help Montanans faced with questions about developing wind resources on their land. It includes partial lists of nonprofit wind energy contacts, websites, and with landowner information. 

AWEA's Wind Directory
Search this directory to obtain wind energy services and equipment from companies who have demonstrated a commitment to wind and renewable technology and adhere to AWEA's code of business ethics.

Wind Energy Atlas
Estimates wind energy resource for the United States and its territories and indicates general areas where a high wind resource may exist. This information is valuable to wind energy developers and potential wind energy users because it allows them to choose a general area of estimated high wind resource for more detailed examination. A siting document, such as that written by Hiester and Pennell (1981), can assist a potential user in going from wind resource assessment to site selection.

Wind Energy Finance Website
Operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this website allows users to calculate online the cost of electricity generated by a wind system. The website lets users create a new project on screen (or modify an existing project) by entering values for numerous assumptions step-by-step until enough information has been entered to calculate the project cost.  Projects added or modified are stored convenience and are available the next time a user logs in. 

Wind Energy Potential in the United States
Estimates of the electricity that could potentially be generated by wind power and of the land area available for wind energy have been calculated for the contiguous United States. The estimates are based on published wind resource data and exclude windy lands that are not suitable for development as a result of environmental and land-use considerations.

Wind Potential in the United States: U.S. Wind Maps
Maps showing the U.S. annual wind power resource, annual wind power resource in Alaska and Hawaii and the percent of U.S. land area with an annual wind resource of Class 3 or above.

Wind-Powered Electric Systems for Homes, Farms, and Ranches: Resources
This resource list provides an overview of print publications and online resources that offer both overview and in-depth information on siting, installing and operating wind-power electrical generation systems. Most resources listed are relevant to small-scale systems.

Wind Powering America
A commitment to dramatically increase the use of wind energy in the United States. This initiative works to establish new sources of income for American farmers, Native Americans, and other rural landowners, and meet the growing demand for clean sources of electricity.
Website offers a host of useful information on topics such as  wind resource assessment, siting, transmission, economics, utility integration, project development, and policy issues.

Wind Power in Montana
Pages from a Wind Powering America publication that focus on Montana.

Wind Workshop Presentations On Line
Presentation from the Wind Powering Montana Workshop October 3, 2001, in Big Sky. Translated from PowerPoint into viewable web pages. 

Focuses on economic development from wind energy, valuation of environmental benefits, and distributed generation. Windustry promotes wind energy through outreach, educational materials, and technical assistance to rural landowners, local communities and utilities, and state, regional, and nonprofit collaborations. Website features wind basics, wind opportunities, wind turbine sites, a wind calculator, curriculum, resource library, and news and events.


Montana Wind Power Guide

Montana Wind Maps
MT Wind Energy Atlas
Native American Links
U.S. Wind Speeds
U.S. Wind Resources
Wind Power Books
Wind and Weather
Wind Power Links


Montana Wind Resources
Wind resources can be used with both large wind turbines for utility applications and with small wind turbines for on-site generation. As a renewable resource, wind is classified according to power classes, which are based on typical wind speeds. These classes range from class 1 (the lowest) to class 7 (the highest). In general, wind power class 3 or higher can be useful for generating wind power with large (utility-scale) turbines, and small turbines can be used at any wind speed. Class 4 and above are considered good resources. Parts of Montana have excellent wind resources.

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