Minnesota Wind Resource Estimator - Small Wind

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Division, provides a very useful tool for estimating the average annual wind speed 100 feet (30 meters) up for any location in the state. This interactive tool is ideal for anyone considering a small (home or farm scale) wind system, as the value can be input into our small wind financial calculator to find out whether a wind project will be financially rewarding. They call the tool a "Wind Speed Verification Tool".

The tool is available here.

An Overview of Distributed Generation Resources


Saint Paul, MN - The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources invites you to attend the first in a series of workshops beginning Thursday, Sept. 29 to examine opportunities and issues related to greater development of distributed generation resources in Minnesota. The department will host four workshops this fall to discuss the benefits, barriers, and issues associated with increased DG capacity.

September 29, 2011
11:00am to 4:00pm
Minnesota Judicial Center
Saint Paul, MN

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Minnesota Wind Resource Maps

Minnesota Wind Map

The first step for planning a wind energy project is determining if you have enough wind to justify the expense of the system and the time and expense of operating and maintaining your equipment.

Wind Powering America provides high-resolution wind maps and estimates of the wind resource potential. The Department of Energy's Wind Program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published a wind resource map for the state of Minnesota. The wind resource map shows the predicted mean annual wind speeds at 80-m height for commercial wind farms and Community Wind projects.

Wind Powering America Minnesota Wind Map

The Minnesota Department of Commerce provides wind maps developed for the Department by WindLogics, a Minnesota company that is at the leading edge of wind resource assessment using atmospheric modeling. These 2006 maps show the wind speed resources at 30, 80, and 100 meters, as well as capacity factor and energy production estimates for a 1.65 MW wind turbine at 80 meters.

Minnesota Department of Commerce Wind Maps

For other states, see the Wind Powering America website.

Great River Energy RFP for C-BED Renewable Energy Resources

August 15, 2011 - 10:02am -- Anonymous

Great River Energy (GRE) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for community-based energy development (C-BED) renewable energy resources. GRE seeks proposals for energy resources (minimum 40 kW nameplate capacity) delivered to the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. (MISO) wholesale energy market that qualify as Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) under Minnesota Statute §216B.1612 (2010).

Windustry at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair

July 21, 2011 - 11:04am -- Anonymous
Windustry presents the Wind Energy Center
in The Eco Experience at the Minnesota State
Fair from August 26 - September 6, 2010.
Proud Partner - Eco Experience

The Wind Energy Center is an interactive, museum-quality display within the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair, in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Developed and presented by Windustry, it teaches hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans each year about our great wind resource and how wind energy can provide both environmental and economic benefits to Minnesotans. This will be the fifth year of the Wind Energy Center, and promises to be the best yet, inspiring visitors to actively support and participate in small, midsize, and large wind energy development in Minnesota.

New Energy Video Broadcast


New Energy Video

New Energy tells the story of how wind, biofuels, and other renewable energy technologies are contributing to the region’s energy security, economic sustainability, and integrity of our natural resources. This half-hour documentary offers a fresh look at how the Midwest is leading the nation’s transition to a cleaner, safer, more stable, and more secure energy system. 

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