Wind Energy Conversion Systems (Minnesota)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Minnesota

Name Wind Energy Conversion Systems (Minnesota)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector Local

Program Administrator Public Utilities Commission
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Opt-in: Local governments can choose to regulate the siting of small wind energy conversion systems, as defined in this statute. Counties may choose to assume responsibility for processing permits for LWECS with a combined nameplate capacity of less than 25,000 kW.

Last Review 2014-09-15


This section distinguishes between large (capacity 5,000 kW or more) and small (capacity of less than 5,000 kW) wind energy conversion systems (WECS), and regulates the siting of large conversion systems. The statute makes provisions for grouping WECS that are located within five miles and built within one year of each other, and exhibit characteristics (e.g., ownership) of being part of the same development.

It is the policy of the state to site LWECS in an orderly manner compatible with environmental preservation, sustainable development, and the efficient use of resources. A permit under this chapter is required prior to the construction of an LWECS, and is the only site approval necessary. The site permit supersedes and preempts all zoning, building, or land use rules, regulations, or ordinances adopted by regional, county, local, and special purpose governments.

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Authority 1: Minn. Stat. 216F
Date Effective 2005
Date Enacted 1995