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Wind and Solar Production Taxes Deliver for Minnesota Counties

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Minnesota is a national leader in the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Renewables provide 25 percent of Minnesota’s in-state electricity, about 10 percent above the national average. Minnesota is also home to the Midwest’s largest Solar + Storage project, located in Ramsey and Athens Township. In addition to providing clean energy and reducing carbon emissions, renewables, like wind and solar, have provided economic stability to Minnesota’s counties throughout the   […]   Read More »

North Dakota Rides the Winds of Change

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Renewable energy brings great change and opportunity to the electrical grid and the communities benefitting from it. The Midwest is being powered by wind and solar energy in the home, as well as in the economy and job market. As generation increases, North Dakota reaps the benefits in both rural and urban areas.

Ranking 9th in the country for installed capacity, North Dakota has embraced wind energy as an asset to its livelihood. Capacity has more than tripled   […]   Read More »

Renewable Energy Cleans Up the Environment

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April 22 is Earth Day. That makes it a great time to take stock of the many benefits renewable energy offers the natural world 24/7/365.

Renewable energy is a viable alternative to fossil fuels. It provides clean, reliable, low-cost electricity that leaves no carbon footprint. Cleaner air and water, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions offer a cleaner future for America.

One of the greatest environmental benefits renewable energy delivers is pollution reduction. More than a third   […]   Read More »

Wind Energizes Rural America

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No matter what time of year it is, rural communities continue to thrive thanks to renewable energy. As a cash crop that brings a flow of benefits to the landowners and rural communities alike, wind energy has helped revitalize agriculture, schools and small businesses across the Midwest. By the end of the decade, the U.S. wind industry was bringing annual earnings of $1.6 billion to America’s heartland, giving communities plenty to be excited about.

Usually,   […]   Read More »

Michigan is a Midwestern Clean Energy Leader

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Renewable energy has undergone significant change in the last ten years. The U.S. now gets 18 percent of its electricity from clean energy – a significant amount of which comes from the Midwest, now a central hub for wind and solar generation. As generation increases, Michigan has taken action to meet the demands of the upper Midwest. Developments in the state’s wind and solar sectors have positioned Michigan as a leader in the transition from fossil   […]   Read More »

Clean Energy is Powering the U.S.

March 2020 Blog

The United States made 2019 a major year for clean energy. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s 2020 Factbook highlights the state of renewable energy in the last year as prices reach new lows and the quest for decarbonization continues. The U.S. has twice the capacity of renewable energy it had 10 years ago. In 2019, there was a 77 percent increase in new renewable generation, most of which came   […]   Read More »

4 Reasons to Love Renewables

Feb 2020

Renewable energy is on the rise. As a homegrown, reliable energy source, wind and solar have become billion-dollar investments that have created jobs, provided incomes for families and benefitted America’s heartland. As the call for carbon-reduction sounds, the energy market has never been stronger.

Love is in the air this month, and there’s plenty to love about clean energy. Here are just four reasons why we love renewables.


 1.      Secure, family-supporting jobs.   […]   Read More »

Why Wind is a Safe Bet

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Wind is more than just a clean energy resource, it’s a great investment according to the 2018 Wind Technologies Market Report from The Department of Energy. The analysis shows that costs to build and operate wind farms are so low, it would be cheaper than the expected cost of buying fuel for an equivalent natural gas plant. Wind prices have declined 69 percentScreenshot_292880b3efb1 since 2009, making   […]   Read More »