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Rural Economic Development Impacts of Wind Power: Foote Creek Rim Projects

Summary

  • Analysis of the Foote Creek Rim projects by SeaWest
  • Findings:
    • Wind power projects provide economic benefit to the local community through an increase in higher-than-average-wage jobs, employment diversification, increased property/sales tax revenues, low demand on local government services, and landowner benefits.
    • Gradual growth over time provides stabilizing effect on farming and ranching industries.

Citation: Rural Economic Development Impacts of Wind Power: Foote Creek Rim Projects (PDF 348 KB) Download Adobe Acrobat
Author(s): Mike Azeka for SeaWest WindPower
Report Date: 2002

Project Size: 84.8 MW
Number of Turbines: 133
Location: Carbon County , WY
Geographic Scope: Carbon County, WY
Turbine Ownership: SeaWest WindPower
Type of Study: Post-project
Timeframe of Data: 1997-2000?

Model: n/a

Data Sources:

Assumptions:

Special Considerations: 85% of the development on private land, 15% on Bureau of Land Management land. 5% sales tax on turbines. Real property tax revenues increase slightly over time.

Jobs Construction Operations (jobs/year) Total
Direct     18 (full time)
Indirect     9 (full time)
Induced      
Total      
Jobs/MW      

 

Income Construction Operations Total
Direct      
Indirect      
Induced      
Total      

 

Taxes Direct Indirect Total
Local/State      
Income      
Property     $9,433,000 (over 20 years)
Sales     $4,130,000
Total     $13,563,000

Developer Incentives:

Lease Payments: $5,400,000 over 20 years

Other Remuneration:

Conclusion: