A report that I co-authored for the USDA entitled Renewable Power Opportunities for Rural Communities was released today. A complete copy can be accessed here (pdf). An excerpt from the USDA’s announcement immediately follows.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today issued a report that identifies and discusses the wide array of renewable power opportunities available to producers in rural America. The report, titled Renewable Power Opportunities for Rural Communities, is intended to serve as a summary and guide to assist rural utilities that may be considering investing in a renewable electricity generation projects, as well as for policymakers who may be considering how to encourage such investments. […]
The report was prepared under the direction of USDA’s Office of Energy Policy and New Uses (OEPNU) and the Office of the Chief Economist, and produced under a cooperative agreement with the State Utility Forecasting Group at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. Principal authors of the report were Samuel V. Brown, David G. Nderitu, Paul V. Preckel (Principal Investigator), Douglas J. Gotham (Co-Principal Investigator), and Benjamin W. Allen.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Purdue Agricultural Economics community, and the State Utility Forecasting Group in particular, for both enabling and assisting my contribution to this publication.