Community Scale Wind Energy Project
To monitor and map wind resource; and also determine its economic feasibility along Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior.
- Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
- University of Minnesota Duluth's College of Liberal Arts
- Northeast Clean Energy Resource Teams
- County and municipal agencies (i.e. DNR, St Louis, Lake and Cook Counties, Duluth and Silver Bay)
- Private businesses (i.e. North Shore Mining, Lutsen Ski Resort)
- Numerous small community organizations
Measured wind along the North Shore of Lake Superior to create a wind resource map for the region and conduct economic feasibility studies for interested communities.
Using data collected from the wind monitoring sites and a procedure to extrapolate between sites, the Center for Sustainable Community Development at University of Minnesota, Duluth, developed a new wind map, which shows we have more wind in this area than portrayed in other maps. This new information has stimulated interest in both small-scale community wind development and large-scale commercial wind development. Larger-scale projects are currently limited by transmission line capacity, but smaller scale projects are underway in Lutsen, Grand Marais and Grand Portage as a result of this study.
Plus more than $4000 in-kind work