Community-Based Energy Development

Minnesota C-BED Activities

Click Here for a Current Summary of Minnesota's C-BED Projects
Minnesota Rural Wind Energy Revolving Loan Program - The Rural Wind Energy Revolving Loan assists the funding of wind energy feasibility and transmission interconnection studies for C-BED projects. The program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) in cooperation with the Southwest Initiative Foundation. It provides loans of up to $100,000 per project with an annual interest rate of 1.5%. Loans must be paid back within 30 days of a project beginning commercial operation or within two years of the date the loan is issued, whichever is sooner.

Minnesota 2007 C-BED Ammendments - Background documents on Minnesota's 2007 legislative session that ammended provisions regarding community-based energy development.

CapX C-BED Transmission Study Report Released - Undertaken by Minnesota utilities, the report provides information about how C-BED projects can be interconnected to the transmission system in Minnesota. (January 2007)

Xcel Commits to 500 MW of C-BED Energy by 2010 - Xcel Energy has committed to developing 500 megawatts of community-based wind power by 2010. The utility is already developing projects that should yield 300 megawatts of community-based wind power by 2007. (March 2006)

Great River Energy to Evaluate Five C-BED Projects - Great River Energy is evaluating five C-BED projects that range in size from 6 MW to 120 MW and are located in south-central, southwestern and west-central Minnesota. A final decision is expected in the summer of 2006. The original RFP (request for proposal) from October 2005 is located here (February, 2006)

Minnesota C-BED Developer's Membership - If you are a project developer in Minnesota who is assisting communities with C-BED projects, you are invited to become a Developer Member.

Minnesota C-BED Brochure - Designed to be freely printed and distributed (500KB).

Signing of C-BED Legislation C-BED Language in Minnesota Law - See the specific Minnesota statute that describes C-BED.

History of Community-Based Energy Development in Minnesota - Provides a brief history of the C-BED initiative in Minnesota over the past 12 years.

Minnesota Legislative Electric Energy Task Force - LEETF Progress Report to the Minnesota legislature (January 2005).

The following organizations have been affiliated with the C-BED initiative, but do not have a web presence:

Carstensen Contracting

Garmar Foundation

Metro Energy Task Force


Rural Minnesota Energy Board

SMI & Hydraulics