Feed Laws


Please note that I don't update this page often. Wind energy is very dynamic. The companies, organizations, and individuals who support them change frequently.

Wind Energy Consultants

Please note that I am not an engineering consultant. I write and lecture on the subject of wind energy and increasingly on other sources of renewable energy as well. I do provide advice to governmental, non-governmental, and advocacy organizations. I can provide referrals to technical consultants upon request. Note also that as a free-lance writer I do not sign non-disclosure agreements. While I respect confidentiality, I am under no obligation to do so.

Large Wind Turbines

There are dozens of firms worldwide providing professional services to the wind energy industry. There also a number of planning bureaus in Germany that specialize in siting medium-size wind turbines throughout Europe.

Meteorological Consultants

Most of the meteorological consultants that I have worked with or who have helped me to understand wind resource assessment have retired. One that hasn't is Zephyr North and they provide wind resource assessments that will withstand the scrutiny of a banker. Wind studies cost from $25,000 USD to $40,000 USD or $25,000 CAD to $50,000 CAD, depending upon the amount of work required.

Zephyr North

Trade Associations

Remember that trade associations are in business to promote their member's products. You won't find information about the German manufacturer Enercon on the web site of the Danish Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association. Many of the European web sites are offered in English as well as the host language.

Note that as the industry has matured wind energy trade associations have often merged or absorbed the trade associations of other technologies.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is now American Clean Power.

The British Wind Energy Association is now RenewableUK.

Bundesverband Windenergie (German Wind Turbine Owners Association)

Fördergesellschaft Windenergie (Geman Wind Turbine Manufacturer's Association)

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is now the Canadian Renewable Energy Association.

New Zealand Wind Energy Association (NZWEA)

Swiss Wind Energy Association

World Wind Energy Association

The web site for the French wind energy association is France Energie Eolienne.

Non-Governmental Organizations

There are two organizations in North America that actively encourage community-owned or farmer-owned wind development: Windustry in Minnesota, and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, also in Minnesota.

There are also a number of organizations and environmental groups that support wind energy.

Pro Wind Alliance--A voice of reason in the British Isles not connected to any trade association.

World Future Council supports the use of Advanced Renewable Tariffs (feed-in tariffs) to encourage the rapid development of renewable energy. Community ownership of renewables is only possible where effective feed-in tariffs are in use.

The Folkecenter for Renewable Energy is a long-standing reference source on the success of Electricity Feed Laws and Community Wind development in Europe.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association

History of Wind Energy

For an insightful account of the history of the Danish wind turbine industry and the role they played in the development of modern wind energy see Erik Grove-Nielsen's web site at Winds of Change. The site contains one of the best collections of photographs from the period as well as a hard-to-find collection of historical photographs. For more information, see the History of Wind Power.

Small Wind Turbines

For tips on the design of small wind turbines visit the site of Scoraig Wind Electric's Hugh Piggott.



For information on small wind turbines in German, see Klein-Windkraftanlagen.

There had been an active forum on small wind turbines in English on Yahoo, but I have lost touch with it. The forum may have moved to Facebook or another social media platform.

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