Community Wind Study
Wind farms are springing up throughout Minnesota as efforts are made to capture the energy of the wind. While some of these farms and turbines are owned by utilities, there is growing interest among farmers and others in rural areas in community ownership. Local ownership tends to keep more of the economic benefit grounded in the local community. But this type of ownership is not without perils.
AURI and collaborating partners have produced a handbook to be used as a decision making aid for those interested in pursuing community-based wind projects. This document is designed to provide non site-specific information for community wind development.
File attached: Community Wind Handbook.pdf
File attached: Sample Power Purchase Agreement
With record crop yields projected for several regional commodities, the support and expansion of value-added agricultural products within Minnesota and the greater Midwest is of the utmost importance. In addition to increasing current demand, it will spur new demand opportunities as well. To that end, AURI is hosting a New Uses Innovation Forum for Minnesota’s […]
Earlier this year a new feasibility study, conducted in part by AURI, showed biomass cooling can be a viable option for small-to-medium sized commercial, industrial and residential units. The research results, which are part of the Biomass for Cooling System Technologies: A Feasibility Guide, also identifies innovations that utilize biomass as the essential wellspring of energy for cooling systems.
With record 2016/17 U.S. crop yields projected for several Minnesota grown commodities, the support and expansion of value-added agricultural products within Minnesota and the greater Midwest is of the utmost importance to spur new demand opportunities. To that end, I am working with AURI staff and key partners to build an informational and educational event for Minnesota’s agricultural industry about the latest ideas and opportunities for developing new uses for Minnesota grown crops and agricultural processing byproducts.
Renewable Energy Finance and Investment October 27, 2016 View the agenda Great River Energy 12300 Elm Creek Blvd Maple Grove, MN 55369 Register here
Read the full report: Development of a Port-Injected Hydrous Ethanol System for Diesel Engines Partners: Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council University of Minnesota