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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
March 2, 2017
Later this year the nation’s first “integrated” wind and solar hybrid project will begin producing power outside a small city in northwest Minnesota.
Developed by Juhl Energy, Inc., the Red Lake Falls Project combines two 2.3 megawatt (MW) General Electric 116-meter rotor turbines with a 1 MW solar photovoltaic installation.Read more
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission held its final hearing and unanimously approved with modifications Xcel Energy’s 15-year energy plan (Integrated Resource Plan).Read more
Invenergy is looking at developing a major wind farm in southern Minnesota. This could break the slump in new wind projects that the state has experienced in the past year.
The company cites the good wind resource in the area, talk of increasing transmission to the area, and the impetus of the clean Power Plan as reasons they have chosen the area.
Great River Energy and its participating member cooperatives launched Revolt, a first-of-its kind program that allows cooperative members to upgrade the electricity used to fuel their vehicles to wind energy at no additional cost. Read more here.
MinnPost has published an informative article about the Clean Power Plan and its impacts for Minnesota. They list the coal, oil, and natural gas power plants that will be affected.Read more