The Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 resulted in a rapid expansion of Minnesota’s wind resource. The growth of wind-powered generation hasn’t just helped keep down the cost of electricity, it’s also generated millions of dollars for county and city governments.
Since 2007, Minnesota counties, cities, and townships have been paid more than $42 million. Top earning counties include Mower and Murray, each earning more than $7 million followed by Lincoln and Jackson earning more than $4 million.
Production tax revenue from wind-powered electricity generation in Minnesota
Two new 200-megawatt wind farms are scheduled to be completed in 2015—one in Cottonwood county and the second near Austin, Minnesota.
Minnesota began collecting a production tax for wind-powered generation in 2004 and a similar production tax for solar will begin in 2015. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency has more details.