As wind and solar energy have grown, they've created a tide of jobs nationwide in fields from construction to manufacturing. Renewable energy jobs, most of which are in wind and solar, grew by 16 percent to around 6,200 in Minnesota from 2015 to 2016, according to a recent study by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, an industry-led nonprofit.
A Duluth, Minnesota-based energy firm announced Wednesday an $80 million wind turbine project that would refurbish turbines at its two Storm Lake, Iowa wind farms and one in Minnesota.
Allete Clean Energy said the project would replace select blades, gearboxes, and generators at the Storm Lake 1 and 2 wind sites in Buena Vista and Cherokee counties. The project would also repair turbines at the company's wind site in Lake Benton, Minnesota.
Imagine going on a 1,200 mile road trip... On your bike. That's exactly what a UW professor will be doing to highlight wind energy.
James Tinjum leaves Saturday, July 15 for Bike the Wind, a biking tour of Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota that will take him past 17 wind energy sites. Tinjum plans to bike about 75 miles a day, and the journey will take him three weeks.
With the 2040 Comprehensive Plan process underway in cities across the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota, a large focus has been on the importance of increasing wind and solar energy in our communities. For these resources to grow, cities around the area must have policies in place to support them. Support comes from many different areas but the backbone of that support must be the adoption of ordinance language that does not prohibit people from investing in these resources.
March 7, 2017
Consumers have seen flat or declining energy costs as renewable energy becomes a greater part of the energy mix of Minnesota and the nation.
That’s one of the findings in the annual 2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance in partnership with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.