in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

The Minnesota Department of Commerce's Office of Energy Security has released the first phase of a statewide study of dispersed renewable generation potential, meeting a requirement of the Next Generation Energy Initiative passed by the 2007 legislature. The study's goal was to identify a total of 600 MW of small renewable energy projects that could be operated in the transmission grid with few or no changes required to the existing infrastructure.

Dispersed renewable energy involves wind, solar and biomass projects that will generate between 10 MW and 40 MW of power. The second phase of the study will seek to identify an additional 600 MW of renewable energy and will begin this fall.

The Phase I study was completed by an analytic team led by staff from the Office of Energy Security and Great River Energy in collaboration with the Minnesota electric utilities and the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO). A technical review committee of national, regional and state technical experts representing MISO, wind and community energy advocates, and Minnesota's utilities guided and reviewed the work of the analytic team.

"Without the commitment and creativity of this group of talented transmission engineers and experts, this nation-leading study could not have achieved its goals," says Edward Garvey, director of the Office of Energy Security. "We owe this team our gratitude for Phase I of the study and our encouragement for Phase II, which presents an even greater challenge as they attempt to identify another 600 MW of dispersed renewable energy."

The study can be accessed on the Minnesota Office of Energy Security Web site at energy.mn.gov

SOURCE: Minnesota Department of Commerce


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Setting The Record Straight: How Many Birds Do Wind Turbines Really Kill?

Several peer-reviewed studies are more or less in agreement with avian mortality rates caused by wind turbines. However, one study, which is wildly off from the others, is most often cited in the media. Why?


Six Takeaways From The IRS' Start Of Construction Guidance: What You Need To Know

The IRS recently issued guidance to wind developers to further spell out what "start of construction" means. Will you be covered?


Eagle Take Permits For Wind Farms - Will They Fly?

Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the first permit allowing the legal take of eagles, can wind developers expect more certainty in the agency's application process?


Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.

Canwea_id1984
Renewable NRG_id1934
Tower Conference_id1965
UnitedEquip_id1995