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Wind Powers Contribution to Electric Power Generation and Impact on Farms and Rural Communities

January 01, 2004

In this report, the GAO examines the amount of wind power generation in relation to all U.S. electricity generation and the prospects for wind powers growth; the contribution of wind power generation to farmers income and to the economic well-being of rural communities in the 10 states with the highest wind power generation capacity; and the advantages and disadvantages for farmers of owning a wind power project versus leasing their land to a commercial wind power developer.