Ventura calls for state to increase wind energy Statewire
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura is calling for the
state to quintuple the amount of energy generated on wind
The state should aim to produce 10 percent of all power
from wind, Ventura told a regional conference on renewable
" There' s no reason why we can' t, " he said,
citing the state' s ranking -- ninth -- for wind energy
Commerce Commissioner Jim Bernstein said the state can
achieve the goal by the end of the decade.
There are now about 450 wind turbines along the Buffalo
Ridge near Lake Benton. They have nearly 300 megawatts
of generation capacity, enough to power more than 100,
Xcel Energy has said it could more than double its current
wind power output from the area over the next 10 years.