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MinnesotaLike several states in the Midwest, Minnesota is a veritable wind energy leader. 98 wind farms – most of them centered in the southwestern corner of the state – provide 15% of Minnesota’s electricity and have made the state 7th in the country for installed wind capacity.1
Source:
American Wind Energy Association
http://bit.ly/1HIoxRE


Minnesota is also a leader in renewable fuels. The state produces the 4th-most biofuels in the country,2
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, February 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1bvywwd
and the state’s economy has prospered as a result: renewable fuels are responsible for $11 billion of economic activity and support nearly 50,000 jobs in-state according to Fuels America.3
Source:
Fuels America
http://bit.ly/19lnbNE


But it’s not just wind and biofuels taking off in Minnesota. Despite bordering Canada, Minnesota’s solar industry is growing at a rapid pace.4
Source:
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, August 2014
http://strib.mn/1xhFQp3


All of this couldn’t have happened without policy support at the state level. Minnesota boasts an instructive renewable portfolio standard (with a solar carve-out of 1.5%)5
Source:
DSIRE, October 2014
http://bit.ly/1EVX7UI
as well as sales tax exemptions and production tax credits for renewables. It even has it’s own renewable fuel standard for biodiesel.6
Source:
Minnesota Legislature
http://bit.ly/1NhM8XK
Pro-renewable policies like these – and many more – are part of the reason Minnesota can boast a thriving, diverse clean energy industry.

Learn more about energy in Minnesota with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.



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