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Wellspring Renewable Wind Energy

Do some good for your planet (and yourself), Choose Wellspring Renewable Wind Energy®

Choose to support the Wellspring Renewable Wind Energy® program by subscribing to “blocks” of wind energy…this is one way you can make a difference.

Wind power development and interest has come a long way. Today, Lake Country Power members can choose to purchase wind energy generated in southern Minnesota through the Wellspring Renewable Wind Energy program.

Wellspring wind energy is generated primarily at the following sites in Minnesota:
• Chandler Hills, Chandler, MN: 6 megawatts (MW)
• Christopher, Jackson County: 6 MW
• McNeilus, Dodge Center, MN: 6 MW

Wind resources that enable Lake Country Power and other members of Great River Energy to meet Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard (25% by 2025):
• Elm Creek, Trimont, MN: 99 MW
• Ashtabula II, ND: 51 MW
• Endeavor I, IA: 100 MW
• Trimont, Trimont, MN: 100.5 MW
• Prairie Star, Mower County: 100 MW

The long, flat prairies of the Midwest are perfect for creating wind energy. Currently, more than 6,300 consumers within Great River Energy’s network of 28 electric cooperatives subscribe to Wellspring wind energy. And the program keeps growing.

You’re already using electricity to power your home, why not make it the cleanest electricity possible? Join the thousands already supporting the Wellspring wind energy program today.

How do I get wind energy?

Wellspring is a voluntary program available to Lake Country Power’s residential, seasonal and commercial members. The following guidelines apply to all Wellspring participants:
• You must purchase wind energy in blocks of 100 kilowatt-hours per month. You can choose as many blocks as you like.
• For each block, you will see a small additional charge per month. The charge is 50 cents per block, which is used to support the wind program. 
• You must register for a minimum of one year.
• Members may purchase as many blocks as they want.

This is your opportunity to harness the wind! Contact Lake Country Power today at 1-800-421-9959 or email us for more information. Or sign up online today!

Additional information is available in this Wellspring Renewable Energy fact sheet.

Related Links: 

American Wind Energy Association

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Energy Savers

UseElectric.com  

Energy Star

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

U.S. Department of Energy (energy efficiency and renewable energy)   

U.S. Department of Energy (federal government site)   

Windustry

Tax Credits: 

Lake Country Power shares your concerns about the rising cost of energy, from gasoline to the fuels we use to generate electricity. Tax incentives passed in the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 are a triple win for everyone: they promote wise energy use, help lower your energy bills and help reduce your tax bill.

The energy law provides valuable federal tax credits for consumers who make certain, specified energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes, and purchase fuel-efficient hybrid-electric vehicles. The tax credits took effect in January 2006. To determine availability of tax credits this year, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) Web site. It provides information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Or to find out if you qualify for tax credits, look for the relevant IRS tax forms and consult your tax advisor. You should keep receipts proving that you purchased the improvements.

Here is a quick overview of tax credits:
• Qualifying upgrades for your home include adding insulation, exterior doors, windows and skylights, and purchasing more efficient heat pumps, central air conditioners, furnaces and water heaters. These must meet Energy Star and other efficiency requirements. Incentives are also available for commercial buildings, solar energy installations, fuel cells, and purchase of hybrid-electric vehicles.

• Businesses are eligible for tax credits for buying hybrid vehicles, for building energy-efficient buildings, and for improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

For more information about energy savings and tax credits, visit these web sites:

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency 

Fuel Efficient Vehicle Tax Incentives  

Alliance to save energy  

Tax incentives assistance project  

Commercial building tax deduction coalition  

U.S. Department of Energy 

Minnesota Renewable Energy Society




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