The Path to Community Wind


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
[email protected] OR
Visit our Web site:

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