Counting wind power's rural economic benefits: Sherman County, Oregon
Wind power has transformed rural Sherman County, OR, according to a story in today's New York Times by Lee van der Voo:
- County residents receive a payment of $590 a year for each household from the county's tax revenues on its burgeoning wind farms, in a program similar to Alaska's annual rebates on oil pipeline revenues.
- The wind farms have brought in $17.5 million in taxes, fees and assessments over the past nine years to the county, which has only 1,735 residents. Benefits have flowed to schools and public works, including a new library.
- The wind industry is the county's largest employer.