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rlal q I I I GUEST EDITORIAL " 6 ctF O ; ]- -- The Orlonville Community-Based WindFarms Keep Profits in Minnesotan s Pockets Independent -.LL- (U.S.P.S. 4124601 JAMESD~ KIIRCHER President Obama's vision of making progress Legislature should amend the CBED statute to Publisher/Managing Editor toward energy independence and his recognition .of require at least one or all of the qualifying owners to ~ SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE the important role renewable energy can play in the live in the community or to own the land where the Editor and Advertising Sales nation's economic recovery should be applauded. But wind turbines are located. This small change would MIKE SWENSON going forward we need to let smart policy, not ensure that revenue from the wind farm drives Associate Ed~tor~Ad.vertising Rep policies.P ]itics' determine "our country and state's energy ]awrein'vestments original intent.in the local community and fulfills the Tues Feb. 17, 2009 Vol. 91; No. 5 Wind energy will feature prominently in the shift At the federal level, the federal tax credit needs to Co.ti.ui.g the ORTONVlLLE JOURNAL STAR from fossil fuel to renewable forms of energy, be restructured to allow investors-big and small--to According to the U.S. Department of Energy, wind develop wind farms. Most individuals in rural America Published Every Tuesday at 29 2rid St. N.W. has the potential to supply Up to 20 percent of the do not qualify for the federal tax incentive--the Ortonville. MN 56278 ' nation's electricity by 2030. In Minnesota, wind production tax credit (PTC)---and so raising capital ~ ~~O/g,~ ~V~ Pe,od,ca,s Postage Pa~ at on0nvi,e. M,nnesota supplies nearly five percent of state's energy, and for community-backed wind projects is a challenge. J.i Q-) SUBSCRIPTIONRATES utility companies are required to generate 25 percent The federal tax incentives account for 30 to 50 $34.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in of their power from renewables by 2025. But the percent of the rate of return on investment from a L ''-~/~/ ~~~ ~ Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties viability of wind as a major contributor to Minnesota's big wind project which means wind developers need in South Dakota. $39.00 for all other economic recovery depends on smart policy thatto attract equity from big corporations with the tax counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. encourages the growth of community-based wind appetite to utilize the PTC. Finding a tax-motivated All others, $43.00 per year. projects--wind farms owned by local citizens rather investor is one of the greatest barriers facing the " Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonville Independent, Box 336, development of community wind projects because the Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. po'ol of investors for these projects is small. than foreign companies. Community-based wind farms, like Woodstock Windfarms, developed by Juhl Wind Inc. and located in Woodstock, Minnesota, capture and retain more of the economic benefits locally. A recent study by University of Minnesota-Morris estimated the local economic benefits from community-based wind to be as much as five times that of wind projects owned by an outside corporation. The state and federal government can make small changes to existing laws to boost lucrative community wind farm development right here in Minnesota. In 2005, the Minnesota Legislature adopted the Community-Based Energy Development (CBED) program to promote the development of community wind facilities in Minnesota. Almost any Minnesota resident, small business, local government, cooperative, nonprofit or school is eligible to participate in the CBED program as long as 51 percent of wind farm revenues flow to local entities. The key advantage of theprogram is that utility companies are required to negotiate a 20 year power purchase agreement with CBED projects and frontload the payments to improve cash flow during the early years of operation. Rates decrease overothe life of the contract, but greater cash flow early on also helps projects secure more attractive bank loans. CBED is a great step forward in the promotion of community-based wind farms that bring millions of dollars to ailing local economies. However, one potential problem is that the CBED program does not actually require the qualifying owner to own the land where the turbine is located. The Minnesota s to Furthermore, partnering with an outside investor means that a significant portion of the revenue stream from the wind project will not be captured and retained locally and will not drive reinvestment in the local community. To open the door to new sources of capital for community wind development, federal legislation should be introduced to expand eligibility for the PTC by allowing individuals to apply the PTC against ordinary income. The development of wind energy provides opportunities for obtaining energy independence and creating good jobs for Americans. However, maximizing the benefits to Minnesotans requires smart policy at both the state and federal levels. Minnesota must amend the CBED statute to ensure profits flow back to the local community, and the federal government needs to expand eligibility for the PTC to encourage a variety of investors at a time when capital and credit are hard to come by. As the country's economy continues to falter, Minnesota cannot afford to ignore a golden opportunity to generate jobs and bolster local economies by supporting locally-owned wind energy. by Nathan Paine, an energy and economic development fellow at Minnesota 2020, a St. Paul based policy think tank. For many gardening enthusiasts, er when planning a water feature. implementing a water feature into the '"Water Gardens" will air at 7:30 landscape can provide an area ofp.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, on Pioneer peaceful solitude and tranquility. John Public Television, Channel 10 Elton, landscape manager at St. John's (KWCM), Appleton. 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Produced by Media Services on the historic campus of the University of Minnesota, Morris, PY&G uses its affiliation with the University of Minnesota to bring important and test- ed horticultural information to gar- deners in what is occasionally a diffi- cult and frustrating growing region. After over two decades on public tele- vision with over 500 television episodes to its credit, PY&G has grown into one of west central Minnesota's top resources for garden- ing information. Each season, PY&G travels the state to meet with researchers, garden- ing and nursery professionals, educa- tors and backyard gardeners to discuss specific issues related to horticulture, landscaping and a host of other gar- dening topics. Over the years, PY&G has contin- ued to nurture important relationships with horticulture leaders, such as the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen and the Minnesota Extension Service. These two entities bring both information and guests that are reliable and valuable to gardeners statewide. Type O needed at bloodmobile There will be a Type "O" Bloodmobile on Thursday, March 5 from l:30p.m, until 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Madison. F Checkoutourwebsiteat "~i ONCE AGAIN MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Joe Radermacher John Plathe Diane Dyhevik Charles Schellberg Raymond Schuelke John Adelman Joan Strei Keith Hoffman Thomas Nelson Bud Radermaeher Mike Spots Timothy Henrich Joe Kareis Donald Mielitz Lawrence Millerbernd Roger Karels Kathleen Karels Linda Roggenbuck Douglas Adelman Dennis Rademacher Stanley Adeiman Shirley Reiffenherger Glenda Reiffenberger Mary & Gerard Radermacher By State Sen. Gary Kubly any direct cuts to K-12 education Minnesota legislators will host 14 spending, it does cut higher education public meetings across the state on funding by more than 11 percent-a Feb. 19 and 20 and nine metro-area move that threatens tuition costs and meetings Feb. 23-26 to seek citizens' reduces workforce training input on the governor's proposed state opportunities. "I like the governor's budget. State Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL- idea of zero-based budgeting, but it's Granite Falls, said he and hisquite convoluted. Still, it would help colleagues are interested in hearing to ensure we're getting the best- Minnesotans' opinions on the possible benefit from state dollars," proposed budget cuts and said Sen. Kubly. "It's important that understanding what people believe are we hear the opinions of the people the state's most important priorities, who will be affected by the budget "Minnesota is facing a historic budget decisions we make. We want to move deficit that is only expected to Minnesota forward in economic increase in the next economic recovery, not cause further harm to forecast," explained Sen. Kubly. "If our businesses and families." Sen. we hope to overcome this $5 billion Kubly encouraged his constituents to shortfall, we're going to need the attend these nearby meetings. The input from folks all over Minnesota to format will include a short guide us. Lawmakers need to hear the presentation of budget proposal voices of our state's workers, business details, followed by an open forum owners, families, retirees, and local intended for audience questions and government officials." A group of suggestions. "These meetings will representatives and senators will be in provide you an opportunity to learn . Willmar on Thursday, Feb. 19. The about the different budget proposals meeting will take place at theand offer your input on what you think Kennedy Elementary School at 6 p.m. are good or bad ideas," said Sen. On Friday, Feb. 20, lawmakers will Kubly. "It's a unique chance to be gather in Marshall at 2:30 p.m. in the directly involved in the state's Southwest Minnesota State University budgeting process, so I encourage you Lecture Hall. Sen. Kubly offered a to attend and share your thoughts." few examples of items in the current Sen. Kubly also wanted to inform his budget proposal on which lawmakers constituents that the Senate has are particularly interested in hearing maintained a website to collect public input. The governor's plan thoughts from Minnesotans. The site calls for drastic cuts to state aid to is http://budgetf rum'senate'mn" By local governments, a move that has logging on, citizens have the resulted in massiive statewideproperty opportunity to enter ideas for solving~ tax increases in 1the past, and impacts the budget deficit and getting the rural areas much more than metro economy moving forward. areas. Other portions of the budget Lawmakers regularly review the site would reduce health care spending by for innovative ideas and suggestions. eliminating health insurance for more Ar yone with comments or questions than 110,000 working Minnesotans can contact Sen. Kubly at 301 State over the next two years. There also Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther are proposals to spend millions of King, Jr. Blvd St. Paul, MN 55155- dollars to attract businessthrough tax 1606, sen.gary.kubly@senate.mn or cuts and credits for corporations. And 651-296-5094. while the budget doesn't recommend By State Rep. Andrew Falk budget deficit. Dear Friends and Neighbors, This list of cuts is intended to Six weeks into the 2009 legislative illustrate the scope and magnitude of session, we are deep into the process the hole we're trying to fill. As we of trying to solve our state budget consider the best approach, we need calamity. As required by law, the citizens' input. We want to know process began when the governorwhat programs and departments unveiled his budget proposal on Jan. should be cut, what aspects of 27th. Since that time, House and government can be done more Senate finance committees have been efficiently, what programs should be considering all aspects of the maintained, what programs should be governor's budget, what areas we can expanded, and if a program should be agree on, and what areas will need either maintained or expanded, how compromise. As we look more deeply should it be paid for? To help gather into solving this deficit, it's enormity the thoughts, concerns, and becomes very apparent. Until you can suggestions of the people, there will visualize how big this budget hole is, be hall meetings across the state. I it's very difficult to come up with invite you to join me at my upcoming solutions. Just what will it take to fill a town hall meetings: Thursday, Feb. $5 billion budget hole? To help put 19, 3 p.m. at the Benson Town Hall this into perspective, here are some and at 6:00 p.m. at the Little Theater, current House Research estimates. If Kennedy Elementary School,Willmar. we: I'm also having a meeting on Friday, Cut all kids from health care the 20th, at 9:30 a.m. at the Appleton $139 million, and City Hall. Senator Kubly will be co- Shut down 20% of nursing homes - hosting at all three, and a bipartisan $191 million, and legislative task force will be present at Release all the prisoners - $950 the meeting in Willmar. million, and These meetings are your chance to Let all the sex offenders out- $127 hear more details about the million, and Governor's budget and let us know Close all the state parks - $52how you feel we should handle this million, and budget crisis. When the official Feb. Eliminate Meals on Wheels for forecast numbers (which I believe will seniors- $7.1 million, and be worse than the current estimates) Shut down 10 state college comeout, I will be hosting more town campuses - $146 million, and hall meetings throughout the district. Shut down the departments of We are all in this together, and I look Health, Public Safety, forward to hearing from you. You can Transportation and the rest of State reach me at 651-296-4228 or by email Government - $3.56 billion - all of at rep.andrew.falk@house.mn. these cuts would equal the $5 billion Minnesota Reach 2.5 Million Readers by placing just ONE ad with your local newspaper It's Easy It's Effective It's Affordable Network Expand )'our market and increase )'our profits by advertising in newspapers all over the state through the Minnesota 2x2 Display Ad Network. lrylt NEW SUBSCRIPTION RATE SCHEDULE- ~LLSUBSCRIPTIONS ARE BASED ON A FEBRUARY 1ST DUE DATE- Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse, Swift Counties in Minnesota and Grant and Roberts in South Dakota February 34.00 August 17.04 March 31.20 September '14.20 April 28.77 October 11.36 May.: 25.56 November 8.62 June 22.72 December 5.68 July 19.88 January 2.84 ALL OTHERS IN MINN. AND SO. DAK. 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