To accomplish our mission of safe, efficient, reliable service, we must protect the safety of cooperative personnel and our member-consumers, maintain the integrity and reliability of the grid, and establish mechanisms to ensure rate equity for all member-consumers.

Because small wind systems can affect the safety and reliability of the distribution system, we have developed technical interconnection rules that address those safety and reliability impacts. These rules ensure that we can continue to provide you and all other member-consumers with safe and reliable electricity service.

We are ready to help you by providing information and answering questions. We want to give you the tools you need to make an informed decision about a small wind system.

In this section, you will find the following information:

  • Small Wind Electric Systems an Iowa Consumer’s Guide, which will explain small wind systems.
  • Small wind Basics, which will provide general information on wind turbines.
  • Ten Steps to a Small Wind System, which will walk you through the various issues associated with a small wind system.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which provide answers to the questions that our member-consumers most often ask.
  • Electric Rate Tariff Section 27, which defines Access Energy Cooperative’s interconnection requirements and standards a generator must meet to be connected to our system.
  • A capital cost recovery analysis worksheet, which will help you determine the annual operating cost of a small wind system.
  • Questions to ask wind turbine vendors, which you may want to ask before purchasing a small wind system.
  • Vendor List, which lists several vendors and their wind turbines.
  • Alternative Energy Rebate Application