Minnkota and its members have been at the forefront of wind energy development in North Dakota. The first two commercial-scale wind turbines in the state’s history were built through Minnkota’s Infinity Renewable Energy Program near the towns of Petersburg and Valley City. The sustained success of those first turbines jumpstarted efforts to harness the area’s abundant wind energy capabilities.
The Infinity Renewable Energy program allows Red Lake Electric members to decide how much of the electricity they purchase is generated by renewable resources. The program was originally started in 2002 to support the development of the first two commercial-scale wind turbines in North Dakota. The sustained success of those turbines, located near the towns of Petersburg and Valley City, jump-started efforts to harness the state’s abundant wind energy potential.
By enrolling in the Infinity program, members can choose a designated number of kilowatt-hours or percentage of electricity used that they would like to be derived from renewable resources. While it is not possible to direct where electrons are specifically delivered on the electric grid, it is possible to ensure that the renewable energy purchased is from a resource connected to Red Lake Electric’s system. The record of that purchase and the proof that it was reserved for a specific consumer is done through a renewable energy credit (REC).
Participating consumers pay for the additional cost to purchase renewable energy and to specifically designate how this energy is credited and used.
Contact the Member Services department to learn more.
To learn more, visit Infinity Renewable Energy