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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.
 
Electric Rates 
  • The state average electric rate for industrial users is 7.73 cents per kilowatt/hour, slightly higher than the national average of 6.91 cents per kilowatt/hour.

  • Minnesota’s rate for commercial users is 10.58 cents per kilowatt/hour, slightly lower than the national rate of 10.68 cents per kilowatt/hour.
Natural Gas
  • Minnesota’s average rate for industrial users is 4.19 dollars per thousand cubic feet, compare to the national average of 3.52 dollars per thousand cubic feet.

  • Minnesota’s rate for commercial users is 6.44 dollars per thousand cubic feet, lower than the national average of 7.28 dollars per thousand cubic feet.
 
 

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RENEWABLE ENERGY


  • Minnesota ranked ninth among all states on Site Selection’s 2017 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.  Eighteen percent of the energy produced in Minnesota is generated by wind, enough to power 1,012,000 homes.
  • As far as new solar energy installations, Minnesota ranked fourth in Q. 1, 2017, 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.

Energy [Wind Turbine]

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
 
 

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

 
Minnesota has a reliable network of telecommunication providers and solid infrastructure to support business success. In addition to broadband and internet services, Minnesota's telecommunications include transmission services using wired, wireless and satellite infrastructure. 
 
The Department of Commerce represents consumer interests in all aspects of the regulatory process to ensure that reliable telecommunications services are provided to all at reasonable rates.  
 
  • Minnesota ranks first in Internet usage (National Telecommunications & Information Administration, 2016) and seventh in Internet access (U.S. News & World Report).

  • Border-to-border high speed Internet access is the goal throughout Minnesota, which is heavily connected to fiber, cable, DSL and wireless broadband networks. Since 2014, the state has invested more than $85 million toward enhancing broadband infrastructure – leveraging another $111 million in private investments. 

  • The Minnesota Broadband Office connects communities, policymakers, 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.
 

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