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Smart Choice: Renewable Energy Drives Business Growth

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Minnesota celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Next Generation Energy Act this year.  This bipartisan legislation to achieve 26.5 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2025 sent a clear signal that Minnesota desired clean energy to protect our air and water, and it is open for business.  It worked.

This legislation sparked a renewable energy sector in Minnesota that has not only helped the state deliver low-cost clean energy to consumers; it is also   […]   Read More »

Categories: Economic Development, Public Education, State Policy

New Study: Wind Energy is a Jobs and Economic Engine

By Kelley Welf and Isak Kvam | Mar. 17, 2017
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There’s a lot of talk about jobs these days. President Trump speaks often, and passionately, about bringing jobs (especially manufacturing jobs) back to America.  Wind energy is and will continue to be an important driver of the growth in American manufacturing and other family-supporting jobs across this nation.  And, according to a new Navigant study, more jobs are on the way.

The wind industry is an economic engine.  In 2016, wind power installations represented more   […]   Read More »

Categories: Economic Development, Jobs

Smart Choice: Wind energy puts farmland to work in a new way

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Red barns, grazing cattle, and the proverbial ‘amber waves of grain’ personify everything good and wholesome about life in rural America.  Yet, across the country, many small towns are struggling.  Young people are leaving in search of good, family-supporting jobs. Schools and churches are closing or consolidating. Roads are falling into disrepair. Businesses are shuttered and left vacant, staple businesses like grocery stores struggle to survive, and even rural hospitals are closing at the rate of   […]   Read More »

Categories: Economic Development, Public Education

Wind energy pays it forward

wind in field with yellow flowers   Microsoft pic

PPADoesn’t it feel great to get a good deal? It’s so gratifying to get something that you really want or need for a great price. 

Well, good deals abound in the wind energy arena right now. 

Wind is 66 percent cheaper than it was just six years ago, thanks to technological advances that make harvesting energy from the wind more effective and efficient than ever before. Improved America   […]   Read More »

Categories: Economic Development, Public Education