SMMPA ranks 4th in US Department of Energy report

SMMPA ranks 4th in US Department of Energy report

August 17, 2009

2008 DOE tableIn its recently published annual Wind Technologies Market Report, the U.S. Department of Energy ranks Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency fourth in the nation of all utilities with more than 100 megawatts of wind power, for estimated percentage of retail sales expected from wind power.

The expected percentages are based on projected wind energy production as a percentage of past total energy sales. 

SMMPA owns four wind turbines near member community Fairmont and two wind turbines near member community Redwood Falls. These six wind turbines total 8.5 megawatts. SMMPA purchases all energy generated from 67 wind turbines totaling 100.5 megawatts at Dexter, Minnesota, 26 miles South of Rochester, Minnesota. With these combined wind turbines SMMPA supplies the energy needs of over 38,000 homes.