Energy and Telecommunications: Affordable, Dependable, Sustainable
Minnesota’s dependable energy providers and telecommunications services (Broadband and Internet) support business success. Energy prices are competitive, and the state is a leader in sustainable, renewable energy. Our leading-edge broadband infrastructure enables businesses across the state to stay connected with clients, customers and suppliers.
Affordable, Dependable Utilities
Source: Energy Information Administration, accessed 2018.
- The state average electric rate for industrial users is 7.73 cents per kilowatt/hour, slightly higher than the national average of 6.93 cents per kilowatt/hour.
- Minnesota’s rate for commercial users is 10.45 cents per kilowatt/hour, slightly lower than the national rate of 10.66 cents per kilowatt/hour.
- Minnesota’s average rate for industrial users is 4.48 dollars per thousand cubic feet, compare to the national average of 4.10 dollars per thousand cubic feet.
- Minnesota’s rate for commercial users is 6.80 dollars per thousand cubic feet, lower than the national average of 7.88 dollars per thousand cubic feet.
Source: Energy Information Administration, accessed October 2019.
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- Minnesota ranked seventh among all states on Site Selection’s 2019 Sustainability ranking. This index balances a number of factors comprising clean tech and green industry activity and potential, energy awareness, the built environment, redevelopment of polluted sites, policy, and human well-being and quality of life.
- Minnesota is one of the top states in wind energy, according to the American Wind Energy Association, ranking seventh nationwide in wind installed capacity (3,845 MW). Eighteen percent of the energy produced in Minnesota is generated by wind, enough to power 1,091,000 homes.
- As far as new solar energy PV installations, Minnesota ranked eighth in 2018, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- The state ranks fourth in ethanol production capacity – with 1.3 billion gallons in 2018 – and fourth in operating production, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce also offers information and assistance about clean energy technologies. Contact the Energy Information Center for more information: Department of Commerce
Minnesota ranks fifth in Internet usage, according to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (2017).
Minnesota’s Broadband Office connects communities, policy-makers, providers, regional support organizations, and state and federal programs with each other and the resources they need to improve broadband access and use in Minnesota. It also provides assistance to the Governor's Task Force on Broadband and the Governor's Broadband Subcabinet.
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