The most recent studies indicate that MN is rich in wind energy which has the potential to produce 32 times the electricity MN used in 2010, and MN is contiguous to several other states with high wind energy resources. Thus, wind can be a big economic resource for Minnesota. MN could not only produce it's own electricity, but could develop manufacturing facilities for wind turbine components and possibly export electricity in the future to states in the southeast which lack abundant resources.
MN's energy policies should be an important part of the state's economic development policies for the coming decades. The map to the right shows that MN has high potential for producing electricity from wind over large areas of the state. The areas with diagonal lines have ample wind resources. The light green checkered pattern in much of the same area is for biomass.