Wind Energy in Minnesota

Capacity & Generation

Installed Capacity 3,845 MW Source: American Wind Energy Association Market Report

MW Under Construction 500 MW Source: American Wind Energy Association Market Report

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration's Open Data API, Electricity Net Generation.
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration. Net Generation from Wind. Updated Annually.

U.S. Wind Turbine Database

map of wind turbines in Minnesota

The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) provides the locations of land-based and offshore wind turbines in the United States, corresponding wind project information, and turbine technical specifications. The creation of this database was jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office via the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Electricity Markets and Policy Group, the U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resources Program, and the American Wind Energy Association.

Maps & Data

Wind Education & Training

Career training and projects at schools in Minnesota.

Training Locations

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Law School

KidWind Project

Riverland Community College

Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Energy Education Program


Wind for Schools Project Locations

There are no Wind for Schools projects in Minnesota.

Policies & Incentives


30 local wind energy ordinances

Minnesota Incentives

View current Minnesota renewable energy incentives on the DSIRE website.

Renewable Portfolio Standard
Renewable portfolio standard (investor-owned utilities); 31.5% by 2020 (Xcel Energy)
26.5% by 2025

WETO R&D Projects

U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office's Wind R&D Projects Map

To view a list of wind research and development projects in Minnesota funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, visit the Wind R&D Projects Map and select Minnesota from the dropdown menu.

Wind Turbine Component Manufacturers

map of wind turbines in Minnesota

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Wind Prospector tool is a web-based Geographical Information System that supports resource assessment and data exploration for wind development. Wind Prospector includes a data layer dedicated to the locations of U.S. wind turbine and component manufacturing and supply chain facilities. Corporate headquarters, service facilities, material suppliers, R&D and logistics centers, and smaller component manufacturers (e.g., bolt manufacturers) are not included. The list of facilities included is not intended to be exhaustive.

Minnesota Offices & Organizations

25x'25 Alliance

The 25x’25 Alliance is dedicated to securing 25% of the nation’s energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2025.

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota is an industry-led, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening Minnesota’s clean energy ecosystem through public education in support of a prosperous economy.

Clean Energy Group

Clean Energy Group is a leading national, nonprofit organization working on innovative policy, technology, and finance programs in the areas of clean energy and climate change. The group's projects concentrate on climate and clean energy issues at the state, national, and international levels and include stakeholders from governments and the private and nonprofit sectors. Clean Energy Group assists states to create and implement innovative practices and public funding programs for clean energy project deployment; creates networks of U.S. and international policy makers to address climate stabilization strategies; and advances effective distributed innovation theories, finance, and commercialization tools for new climate technologies.

Clean Grid Alliance (formerly Wind on the Wires)

Clean Grid Alliance is a non-profit organization whose 40-plus members include wind and solar developers and manufacturers; non-profit environmental, public interest, and clean energy organizations; tribal representatives; farmer organizations; and other businesses that support renewable energy in the Midwest.

Environmental Law and Policy Center

The Environmental Law and Policy Center works with colleagues throughout the region to create new jobs and spur economic growth with wind power. The group's work includes expert policy analysis and testimony, as well as coordination with clean tech innovators, manufacturers, developers, and policymakers to identify new opportunities for wind power.

Fresh Energy

Fresh Energy's team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators develop and advance solutions that are speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides renewable energy education and demonstrations, including training programs for small wind systems and renewable energy certification programs. The group also organizes The Energy Fair, an annual event in Custer, Wisconsin.

Minnesota Department of Commerce-Energy

The Minnesota Department of Commerce provides information and resources for those seeking to purchase or install clean energy systems, including solar, wind, bioenergy, fuel cells, and heat pumps. Whether searching for basic knowledge about clean energy systems, looking for links to installers or industry groups, or seeking funding options, the agency offers information for homeowners, businesses, schools, local governmental units, and nonprofits.

Windustry

Windustry’s mission is to promote sustainable energy solutions and empower communities to develop and own clean energy assets.