The Office of Energy at the Minnesota Department of Commerce is working to move Minnesota toward a sustainable energy future, managing energy assistance funds, advocating in the public interest on energy utility rates and facility siting. We provide information and assistance to residents, builders, utilities, non-profits and policy-makers on home improvements, financial assistance, renewable technologies including wind energy information, policy initiatives, and utility regulations.
Click on the pdf link below to download "In the Public Interest: How and Why to Permit for Small Wind Systems" published by AWEA in September 2008. The Guide for State and Local Governments includes discussion of various issues to consider, as well as "red herrings", best practices and a model ordinance.
This publication was released by Farmer's Legal Action Group in August 2007. According to the FLAG website, "This book serves as a guide to the many legal issues faced by farmers and rural landowners who seek to develop wind energy projects.
The Farmers' Guide to Wind Energy: Legal Issues in Farming the Wind provides legal information for individuals developing wind projects, regardless of size. This includes farmer-owned large utility-scale wind farms as well as smaller on-farm or residential wind turbine projects. Legal issues covered in this guide include negotiating wind property agreements, siting a wind farm, liability risks associated with developing and operating wind turbines, project financing, choice of business structure, government incentives for wind development, and the tax consequences of these efforts."
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is located in WI. It hosts and Energy Fair and promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.
This publication from the Minnesota Dept. of Commerce walks you through questions you should ask in hiring a renewable energy dealer, and lists renewable energy dealers in Minnesota.
Small Wind System Research Facility at Appalachian State University, North Carolina A nationally renowned testing facility dedicated to smaller wind energy systems. Find information about reliability and operations and maintenance issues for several turbine models as well as workshops for wind installers.