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Windustry

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.windustry.org

Mission Statement

Windustry promotes sustainable energy solutions and empowers communities to develop and own clean energy assets. As an independent voice acting in support of communities, we work, through education, outreach and advocacy, to advance broad community ownership of renewable energy.

Main Programs

  1. Advancing Community Wind
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Windustry works in Minnesota and nationally to promote renewable energy development and adoption of community wind business models to increase local, sustainable economic development.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2003

Self-reported

Lisa Daniels

Keywords

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wind energy, renewable energy, rural economic development, community wind, education, outreach, advocacy

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EIN

01-0746862

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Rural (S32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Windustry achieves positive and lasting impacts upon rural communities through its first-stage educational work. We work with rural landowners, farmers and ranchers, tribes, schools and municipalities, at the early stages of wind energy project development. We provide comprehensive education and information about the wide range of business models applicable to developing community ownership of wind energy development. Community wind has been proven to generate about three-five times the local economic impact that corporate/absentee ownership of wind energy does. Usually, communities have little idea about the wide range of options available to them when developing a wind energy project. Windustry's technical services, educational materials and community wind tools, allow landowners to make well-informed decisions about their wind project. Communities that decide to pursue community wind, experience profound and long-lasting economic and social impact.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Advancing Community Wind

Windustry's programs include an information hotline, educational materials, advocacy for wind energy policy, and outreach events for communities. Windustry organizes regional wind energy conferences that address topics associated with community-owned wind energy.

Windustry also seeks to advance community wind as a renewable energy development and rural economic development business model from Minnesota's successful experience to other states and regions. We work with communities to provide education, information, support and technical assistance so that they may analyze the feasibility of wind energy development and proceed with project development.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,296,986.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Windustry works in Minnesota and nationally to promote renewable energy development and adoption of community wind business models to increase local, sustainable economic development.

Funding Needs

Windustry seeks support for all of its projects that work to advance community wind. This includes support for ongoing management of the vital and much-used educational tools available on Windustry's  website, including our Community Wind Toolbox and Small Wind Tools; Windustry's Community Wind Hotline (phone and email); important public policy advocacy work; technical assistance provided through Windustry's Landowner Wind Energy Association Resource Center.

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WINDUSTRY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Lisa Daniels

BIO

Lisa has been providing wind energy information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, elected officials, rural utilities and other interested groups since 1995. Lisa has been a contractor/consultant with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is currently a partner on the Wind Powering America initiative with the U.S. Department of Energy. Lisa serves on the National Wind Coordinating Committee's Steering Committee and Economic Development Workgrouand is frequently asked to speak at agriculture and energy forums, training courses and conferences. She was recognized by the U.S. DOE Wind Powering America (WPA) program in 2004 with a Regional Wind Advocacy Award for regional leadership, creativity, and commitment to wind energy development and again in 2005 with an Outstanding Partnership Award for participation on the WPA agriculture outreach team, leadership in community wind development, and outreach on the USDA Farm Bill initiative.
From 1991 to 1995, Lisa worked as one of two staff to help launch Minnesotans for an Energy Efficient Economy. Lisa's background includes more than twelve years designing, developing and delivering methods to provide technical assistance for computers in corporate and community education settings, in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the Twin Cities. She came to the energy/environment work in the early 1980s volunteering to help create Econet with the Farrallones Institute, in Berkeley California. Lisa received a B.S. in Business Management from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Community wind essentially means that members of the local community
have a significant financial stake in the project. Typically, large-scale wind projects bring local economic development through leasing farmers' land,
creating jobs, and bringing investment to the community. But "community wind" offers significantly more local economic benefits because local
community members participate in the ownership of the project, rather than simply leasing their land. Community wind also builds support for and awareness of electricity and wind
power in general. Wind turbines start to look pretty good when the
money they generate flows into your pocket.

Minnesota has become the national leader in community wind development by
implementing strong public policies, working with innovative community wind entrepreneurs, and creating a firm market for wind-generated
electricity. The potential for community wind is huge, not only in
Minnesota but wherever wind energy is feasible."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Kolsrud

Nobles County, Board of Commissioners

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