12 Mar '12, 6pm

Citizens Make an Example of Minnesota "Community Wind" Project

Citizens Make an Example of Minnesota "Community Wind" Project

Community wind promises to expand the economic opportunity of transitioning the electricity system to cleaner energy and engage local communities. Unfortunately, there's "community wind" and community wind, as one Minnesota project starkly illustrates. Goodhue Wind was first envisioned as a 78-MW "community wind" project by National Wind in 2008 providing enough power for approximately 25,000 homes. Under its development model, National Wind looks for local landowners to become shareholders in their projects in order to build public support. Residents of Goodhue County, MN, have not been supportive and the evidence suggests that they may be right about the lack of community in the Goodhue Wind "community wind" project. Instead of coming on board, residents have instead spent the past two years stalling the project's development. The crux of the issue is Minnesota's unique ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/03...

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