Wind Energy in Minnesota
Find wind data and information in Minnesota, including maps, capacity, ordinances, and more in these areas:
Capacity & Generation
Installed Capacity 4,849 MW Source: American Clean Power Association
MW Under Construction 340 MW Source: American Clean Power Association
Based on EIA data from 2022
U.S. Wind Turbine Database
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.
Wind Education & Training
Career training and projects at schools in Minnesota.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota Law School
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
29 local wind energy ordinances
View current Minnesota renewable energy incentives on the DSIRE website.
Renewable Portfolio Standard
MN Cities with 100% Renewable Energy Commitments
- Minneapolis - 2030
- St. Louis Park - 2030
- St. Paul - 2030
WETO R&D Projects
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
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
Advanced Power Alliance
The Advanced Power Alliance is the industry trade association created to promote the development of the wind energy resource as a clean, reliable, affordable, and infinite source of power. The Advanced Power Alliance is the wind energy industry’s voice within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) systems, including portions of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. The organization works to expand transmission capacity, increase wind power use within the region, and facilitate wind power export.
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's team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators develop and advance solutions that are speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy.
Great Plains Institute
The Great Plains Institute’s team of energy planners, researchers, and facilitators collaborates with local governments and businesses to develop and implement actionable strategies for achieving energy and emissions reduction goals.
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.
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