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Renewable Energy Resources

Renewable energy, simply put, is energy generated from natural resources. There are five commonly identified sources of renewable energy: solar, hydropower, wind, biomass (biofuel) and geothermal.  The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provides information on all five sources of renewable energy.

Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will work to increase the energy literacy of NY residents including initiatives to increase the understanding and production of biomass energy crops to meet the needs of the emerging bio-economy, while reducing our dependence on foreign oil, as well as providing options for new revenue streams for farmers and landowners.

Transitioning to Renewable Energy: Development Opportunities and Concerns for Rural America -
by Adam Blair, Rod Howe and David Kay, Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI), Cornell  University. RUPRI Rural Futures Lab Foundation Paper #2 (June, 2011).



Agriculture Resources

 WILLOWPEDIA - a willow energy crop information resource, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS).

Grass Bioenergy - the growing of perennial grasses to produce grass pellet energy on marginal farmland provides an alternative for rural communities. Dept. of Crop & Soil Sciences, Cornell University.

   *Grass Combustion Update - July, 2010 
   *Ash Content of Grasses for Biofuel

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) 

     Perennial grasses for fuel.  Photo: Deb Grantham

Small Wind Quick Guide - USDA

Biofuels and Renewable Energy Systems
- highlighting efforts within CALS to develop renewable, clean energy and economically sustainable systems to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Biomass Research - National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Dairy Environmental Systems - addressing water, air and renewable energy on dairy farms. Dept. of Animal Science, Cornell University.

The Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, papers for landowners and communities on renewable energy resources:

Evaluation of perennial grasses for bioenergy feedstock - project of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University (2007-2009).

Community Resources

Energy Transitions: A Systems Approach Including Marcellus Shale Gas DevelopmentWhite Paper, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University (August, 2011).




Renewable Energy Research Projects - Cornell University 


Municipal Approaches to Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Production: A Resource for Community Energy Initiatives  - Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI), Cornell University

Renewable Energy Sources for Development. Ottinger, R. & R. Williams. Pace University-Law School. Environmental Law. Vol. 32(2) 2008.

Large Wind Quick Guide - USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Wind Industry Ethics Code - NYS Office of the Attorney General

Third Annual Lewis County Survey of the Community (2010) - Center for Community Studies, Jefferson Community College.
Renewable Energy and Green Building Program - 2010 Legislative Program of the NYS Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM)

Finger Lakes Energy Choices - Tompkins County energy options offer gas, wind and solar choices. Visual depictions of the land areas required for the energy options discussed, student presentations and details of the calculations.


Household Resources

Solid Fuel Heating Appliances - Kansas State Extension

Heating with Wood as an Alternative Fuel

Small Wind Quick Guide - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), USDA


Youth Resources

The Power of Wind - a National 4-H curriculum designed to introduce youth to the concept of wind power.

The NEED Project - National Energy Education Development

NYS Youth Energy Program Examples

Energy Smart Education Workshops - NYSERDA offers workshops on energy forms, energy efficiency and renewable energy for educators and volunteers with hands-on training and materials to use for informal or formal educational settings.


Wind Energy Resources