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Public Forum on Renewable Energy Opportunities and Plans for a Sustainable Community at UMore Park

The University of Minnesota hosted a public forum on Renewable Energy Opportunities and Plans for a Sustainable Community at UMore Park on Thursday, July 29, at the Rosemount Community Center. The event, drawing more than 140 participants, included brief presentations on the vision for the UMore Park property, the wind energy research project, and other research, education and partnerships related to renewable energy opportunities.he forum provided an avenue for public information and discussion with citizens and organizations interested in renewable energy innovation.


  • Learn about the wind energy research consortium project launching at UMore Park, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Discuss innovations in renewable energy in the context of a sustainable community
  • Explore opportunities for regional economic development through renewable energy technologies
  • View informational exhibits and talk with researchers about aspects of the wind energy research project, as well as other energy-related research and education activities



5:00 pm
Light meal and refreshments
5:20 Welcome and overview of the vision for a sustainable community on the UMore Park property – Carla Carlson, Executive Director, Office for UMore Park Academic Initiatives and Vice President for Operations, UMore Development LLC
5:35 Wind turbine research: Federal research investments; local innovations – Mostafa Kaveh, Associate Dean for Research and Planning, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
5:45 Economic and Workforce Opportunities in the Growing Energy Field – Ronald E. Thomas, President, Dakota County Technical College
5:55 Questions, discussion, public comment
6:20 Closing remarks
6:25 Informal networking, public comment, and information displays on energy alternatives
7:15 p.m. Adjourn


The University of Minnesota was one of three U.S. institutions to receive a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wind energy research grant. The funding supports a University-led consortium team in research and education activities to support the DOE goal to increase the wind power contribution to the U.S. electricity supply from approximately 2% to 20% by 2030. The project includes siting of a 2.5 MW turbine on the eastern edge of the UMore Park property for research, testing and field-scale demonstration of cutting-edge turbine technologies to reduce the cost of wind energy through increased reliability, more durable component parts and more efficient operations. The project will also produce web-based educational curriculum for undergraduate and graduate instruction as well as training for practicing engineers. Consortium partners include the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Syracuse University, DCTC, Clipper Windpower, Barr Engineering, Lockheed Martin, 3M, WindLogics, Sandia National Laboratories, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The U’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) provided significant early-stage research funding to support consortium collaborations. Construction of a wind turbine is expected to be completed at the end of 2010. 

Read a fact sheet on the wind energy research consortium (127 KB PDF)