These articles from around the U.S. give examples of how small wind is covered today, good or bad.
NEBRASKA: Windy days generate savings for South Sioux City couple
Sioux City Journal, July 31, 2013
On a hot summer day, winds gusting up to 20 mph made the blades spin on a small wind generator behind the Schlickbernd's home in South Sioux City. With each turn, the contraption creates savings on their energy bill. Before the 30-foot tall wind turbine appeared in their backyard on the corner of East Seventh and E Street, Randy and Dee Schlickbernd had electricity bills adding up to more than $400 a month. Read on.
MINNESOTA: Nationwide, MN's No. 2 In Wind Power
CBS, August 6, 2013
For generations of farmers, having a windmill was a dependable way to pump water for their livestock. Now it's rare to drive Minnesota's rural roads and see the old steel structures still turning in the breeze.
But there's a good chance what you will see instead is a taller structure spinning with three blades. On the Burke family farm near Princeton, two identical 120-foot-tall wind turbines are harvesting wind and turning it into electricity. Thanks to grants by Xcel Energy, Grell's company hopes to build 50 more of their wind turbines for property owners in Stearns, Benton and Meeker counties. Read on.
United Wind Unveils its Wind Turbine Leasing Program WindLease™
EcoSeed, June 19, 2013
United Wind announced it will introduce WindLease™, its wind turbine leasing program for residential, agricultural, and commercial property owners, at the Small Wind Installers Conference 2013 in Stevens Point, WI on June 18th - 19th. WindLease™ provides affordable wind power options to property owners seeking to lower their monthly energy bills and gain independence from their utilities. Read on.
NEW YORK: Small Wind Turbines Harnessing Gusts With Solar's Lease Success
Bloomberg, August 8, 2013
Urban Green Energy Inc., a manufacturer of wind turbines small enough to be placed on residential rooftoops, received $20 million in backing to install systems that will power mobile-phone towers in remote locations. Urban Green, based in New York, will use the financing from Tamra-Tacoma Capital Partners to market its small-scale systems to telecommunication companies that currently use diesel generators at off-grid sites that lack power lines, said Chief Executive Officer Nick Blitterswyk. Read on
ALABAMA: Commission Bans Wind Farms, But Allows Small Wind Turbines
Baldwin Times,August 8, 2013
There will not be a massive wind farm in Baldwin County, but using smaller wind turbines as a source of renewable energy will be allowed. The Baldwin County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to ban large wind turbines that produce 50 kilowatts or more. ... The ordinance will allow small residential turbines (1 KW). Residents with larger lots or farms could install up to two. Commercial and industrial lots could have up to five. Read on.
WASHINGTON: Local Wind Power Keeps Energy Close To Home
Northwest Public Radio, August 14, 2013
You've probably seen large wind farms spinning on ridgelines across the Northwest. A new study has found a growing trend throughout the Northwest: small wind turbines. These are mostly single turbines in people's backyards, on farms, or supplementing power for businesses.
Wind constantly whips around the central Washington hillside where Martin Fleming built his home. The soft-spoken mechanic used to complain about it. One day he decided it would be better to make use of the gusts, instead of feeling annoyed. Fleming did some research and decided to buy a wind turbine. "I built the tower on the ground, on its side, just like tinker toys or an erector set. Once the tower was complete, and then I put the turbine on the top and brought in a crane. It tilted it into place," Fleming said. Read on.
NEW YORK: Lebanon OKs wind turbines
Albany Democrat-Herald, August 16, 2013
Industries in Lebanon will now be allowed to add small wind turbines to their properties, the City Council decided Wednesday evening.
Walt Wendolowski, community development director, said that through a series of workshops, the Planning Commission considered the need to develop wind energy system regulations. He said the Planning Commission confined the proposed new rules to industrial areas, because there would be too many negative impacts in residential neighborhoods. The council approved regulations that would require a minimum of one acre and only one system per parcel of land. Read on.