Minnesota at Forefront of Community Power Movement

October 16, 2009 - 3:01pm -- Anonymous

As the state of Minnesota seeks to generate 25 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2025, communities are finding both that they can be part of that solution and that solution can be part of the future of their community.

"This is the biggest investment Willmar Municipal Utilities has ever made," says chief engineer Wes Hompe about a pair of 2-megawatt wind turbines costing nearly $10 million. "What makes it worthwhile? This is the future."

Hompe is quoted in the Washington Post article "Transforming Clean-Energy Industry Into a Local One - Minnesota Turbines At Forefront of A New Movement: Community Power." The article discusses how local renewable energy sources using wind and solar are being used more and more by small utilities servicing local communities.

Minnesota was spotlighted because of it's unique support for community-owned projects: "Thanks in part to state incentives, turbines have been sprouting in Minnesota locations where local investors or a government entity has cobbled together financing."

For more information about this community wind movement in Minnesota, read our Windustry article on "Municipal Wind Power in Minnesota."