Like 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
Minnesota is also a leader in renewable fuels. The state produces the 4th-most biofuels in the country,2
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
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
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
as well as sales tax exemptions and production tax credits for renewables. It even has it’s own renewable fuel standard for biodiesel.6
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