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Historical data on utility scale wind capacity and generation is available through the Energy Information Administration (EIA) State Renewable Electricity profiles. Click on the hyperlink for "Minnesota" to access these statistics. 

Minnesota is in the top five for states with wind power capacity installed (through Q1 2012) according to the American Wind Energy Association.

Distributed generation, also called on-site generation, dispersed generation, or decentralized generation provides electricity generated from many small energy sources. The Minnesota Department of Commerce has been gathering additional information from stakeholders and from national experts on issues related to DG and net metering. There was a series of workshops held in 2011 and another series is being held in 2012. 

A statewide study of dispersed renewable generation potential. Identifies locations in the existing transmission grid where projects could be operated. The study was done in two phases. Includes a total of six reports. Go to https://www.cards.commerce.state.mn.us then select Energy Data and Reports and go to the topic called Dispersed Renewable Generation.

The Clean Energy Project Builder from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) is a resource to find local wind companies. Also, it is an opportunity for wind companies to have their business promoted in the directory.

In 2008, the Governor’s Clean Energy Technology Collaborative (CETC) was created. The group was asked to develop a Clean Energy Technology Roadmap outlining Minnesota’s research and development vision, along with an action plan and related milestones.