Resources for Minnesota
This information was last updated on August 02, 2011
Windustry is a non-profit organization working to create an understanding of wind energy opportunities for rural economic benefit by providing technical support and creating tools for analysis. We address barriers to wind energy by building collaborations with rural landowners, local communities and utilities, as well as state, regional and non-profit organizations. Windustry's areas of special focus include: economic development from wind energy; landowner rights, risks, and benefits; and community-based wind energy.
Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Energy Education Program
Location: Minneapolis, MN
This information was last updated on June 30, 2010
The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency created the Energy Education program to encourage community involvement and to support wind energy education to its community schools. Energy Education provides regional and local wind energy information as well as teaching tools for educators. The wind energy information includes historical and current wind energy generation, a current wind map, and live turbine information from each Minnesota Municipal Power Agency community hometown turbine. Teaching tools for educators includes lesson plans, activities, and traveling wind turbine kits.
The Energy Education program is an extension of the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency's Hometown WindPower program. Hometown WindPower locates turbines within each member community and at the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency's Faribault Energy Park. The Hometown WindPower turbines are located in: Anoka, Arlington, Brownton, Buffalo, Chaska, East Grand Forks, Faribault, Le Sueur, North St. Paul, Olivia, Shakopee and Winthrop. The power from the turbines goes directly into each member's power distribution system. View live turbine data for each city. Each Hometown WindPower turbine has a capacity of 160 kilowatts. Hometown WindPower gives all Minnesota Municipal Power Agency member communities the chance to become a part of the solution to the state's renewable energy needs. A wind turbine is a signal to all approaching each city that your hometown cares about the environment and clean energy production — a town that is a leader.
This information was last updated on August 09, 2011
This memo offers a brief overview of the existing renewable electricity requirements in Minnesota and the impact that the proposed extension and expansion of these mandates would have. The authors conclude that about about 4,200 MW of wind energy would be built by 2020 under the current 10 percent renewable energy objectives (REO) law (includes Xcel's wind mandate). Under a proposed 20 percent renewable energy standard (RES) there could be 7,300 MW of wind energy development by 2020. Please see the Web site for full details.
This information was last updated on November 02, 2011
The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
A coalition working to improve the quality of life, the environment and the economy of Minnesota by promoting energy efficiency and the sound use of renewable energy. Through a program of research, public education, and intervention in the decision-making process, ME3 seeks to develop and build consensus for an energy vision that will ensure the well-being of future generations.
This site is a resource for Minnesotans interested in wind power. It provides information on Minnesota's operating and planned wind farms, wind reports that are useful to those both in Minnesota and outside of Minnesota, links to wind organizations and companies, and recent news and policy related materials.
This information was last updated on July 26, 2011
Provides information on the Wind Resource Analysis Program (WRAP), Minnesota wind farms, small wind energy systems, wind rights to private land, hiring a renewable energy dealer, and more.