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Sample Grant Proposal: Low-Income Wind Energy Project
Project Theory, Design and Plan
The Big Picture:  Future of Electricity in Washington
Electricity prices will continue to rise as the electricity supply becomes more and more
dependent on natural gas-fired turbines.  In the U.S. 272 gas-fired plants are projected to be
connected to the grid over the next decade.  At the same time, domestic natural gas production is
expected to peak in 2007, Canadian production in 2005, and Mexican production in 2011. 
Remaining natural gas reserves will be primarily in an unstable Middle East. (Rifkin, The
Hydrogen Economy, 2002, p. 126-7)  In this environment, a continued rise is in the market price
of natural gas is almost inevitable.
For this reason, it makes sense to shift to energy sources that are not subject to market pricing, to
so-called cost-based resources.  Wind is such a source, and is abundant in Washington State. 
The price of wind-based energy is a function of the cost of wind-turbines and other infrastructure
needed to develop a wind farm.  Once these capital costs are paid, the energy source itself, wind,
is free.  In this sense, a wind farm is an insurance policy for low-income families against future
volatility in the price of natural gas.
This project builds on a foundation of partnerships, working with partner utilities to shift from
treating the low-income community as passive consumers of power to active developers of
power.  By developing wind-generated electricity, the low-income community gains access to
cost-based energy, escaping the fluctuations of the natural gas commodity market.