The Path to Community Wind


Plus two more dates! (see below)

The Southwest Initiative Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Commerce invite you to attend a meeting entitled The Path to Community Wind. Prior to the start of the Dispersed Generation study and at other key points in the process, the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) is statutorily required to hold meetings in each of the five greater Minnesota transmission planning zones. A portion of this meeting will satisfy the requirement for a meeting mid-way through the first phase of this study. The remainder of the meeting is devoted to providing information about a statewide assistance program for rural wind energy development.

Agenda items include:

  • Mike Bull, Assistant Director of the Minnesota Office of Energy Security will provide an update on the first phase of the Statewide Study for Dispersed Generation Potential, an overview of our clean energy activities to date (both state and regional) and an update on what is happening related to clean energy legislation at the Capitol.
  • The Southwest Initiative Foundation has been selected to manage and implement a statewide assistance program for rural wind energy development that was established by the Minnesota State Legislature in 2007. The program is designed to provide assistance to rural entities seeking to develop wind energy electric generation projects. Scott Marquardt and Cheryl Glaeser will provide an overview of this program and how it will help build the path for more community wind projects.

Meetings will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. as follows:

Wednesday, March 26 – Holiday Inn – Owatonna, MN
Friday, April 4 – YMCA – Marshall, MN
Wednesday, April 9 – Civic Center – St. Cloud, MN
Friday, April 11 – Shooting Star Casino – Mahnomen, MN
Friday, April 18 – Public Library – Grand Rapids, MN

For more information contact:
Cheryl Glaeser
Southwest Initiative Foundation
1-800-594-9480 OR
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