There is no simple answer, but below are areas to consider when researching this topic.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a small wind electric system can provide you with a practical source of electricity if you answer “yes” to most of these questions:
- Is there enough wind where you live and is it a good wind source?
- Are your home and/or business located on at least one acre of land in a rural area?
- Does your local zoning code or covenants allow wind turbines?
- Is your average monthly electric bill $150 or more?
- Is your property in a remote location that does not have easy access to utility lines?
- How much electricity do you need or want to produce?
- Will building a small wind system be economical for you?
- Are you comfortable with long term investments?
The U.S. Department of Energy states the following benefits that wind energy can offer:
- It’s economically competitive
- It’s a valuable crop of the future for farmers and ranchers
- Unlike most other electricity generation sources, wind turbines do not consume water
- It is an indigenous, homegrown energy source that contributes to national security
- It is inexhaustible and infinitely renewable
- It offers many environmental benefits
- Wind energy’s “fuel” is free, so it reduces the risk associated with volatile fossil fuel
- It can be used in a variety of applications
- More and more people are looking to renewable energy efforts
- Want a simpler solution? Consider MVEC GreenSource renewable energy options
- “Small Wind Electric Systems” – A Minnesota’s Consumer Guide (pdf)
Notice of Cogeneration
The Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative Board of Directors adopted the Cooperative Minnesota Distributed Energy Resource Interconnection process, which was updated by the State of Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Minnesota Statute 216B.1611 states cooperatives shall adopt an interconnection process that addresses the issues addressed in the Commission’s order. MVEC’s updated Cogeneration Policy reflects the adoption of the Cooperative Minnesota Distribution Energy Resources Interconnection Process (C-MIP). All new distribution energy resources will follow the C-MIP interconnection process beginning June 1, 2019.
In compliance with MVEC-adopted rules relating to cogeneration and small power production, MVEC is obligated to interconnect with and purchase electricity from cogenerators and small power producers who satisfy the conditions as a qualifying facility. MVEC is obligated to provide information free of charge to all interested members upon request regarding rates and interconnection requirements. All interconnections require an application and approval to become a qualifying facility. Any dispute over interconnections, sales and purchases are subject to resolution by MVEC. Members with questions can contact Jeff Langeberg, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, 125 Minnesota Valley Electric Drive, Jordan, MN 55352 or call 952.492.2313 or 800.282.6832.
Questions? For more information contact:
Jeff Langeberg, design engineer
(952) 492-2313 or (800) 282-6832