Energy

Water Power Park. Saint Anthony Fall, downtown Minneapolis

Farmington

Region: Metro
Dakota Electric Association
4300-229th Street West
Farmington, MN 55024
Contact: Peggy Johnson
Phone: (651) 463-6110
Fax: (651) 460-7509
E-mail: pjohnson@dakotaelectric.com
Website: www.dakotaelectric.com
Tour Focus: On this tour, learn about the electric cooperative dispatch system, operations, and GIS mapping system.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: free
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: guided

Fergus Falls

Region: Central
Otter Tail Power Company
215 S. Cascade Streer
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Contact: Lori Bogen
Phone: (218) 739-8102
Fax: (218) 739-8105
E-mail: lbogen@otpco.com
Website: www.otpco.com
Tour Focus: On this tour, visit the Hoot Lake Plant, the coal/fire plant, and the hydro power units.
Group Size: no maximum, no minimum
Cost: free
Availability: year round, by appointment
Tour Guide: guided

Lake Benton

Region: Southern
Heritage and Windpower Learning Center
106 South Center Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Contact: Heather Ulrich-Glynn
Phone: (507) 368-4480
Tour Focus: See the 208 ft. high, 57 ton wind towers. Stand near them and listen to the gentle wooshing sound they make. A newly built museum with interactive computers to learn about wind power is also available. See the history of Lake Benton and learn more about the benefits of wind power.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $1/person
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: guided

Pine River

Region: Northwestern
Happy Dancing Turtle
2373 Dancing Wind Road SW
Pine River, MN 56474
Phone: (218) 587-2303
Fax: (218) 597-5002
E-mail: general@happydancingturtle.org
Website: www.happydancingturtle.com
Tour Focus: The Hunt Utilities Group Campus is a destination point for research and development of sustainable living, renewable energy, and high efficiency housing. Tour points include experimental buildings incorporating straw bale and cob, Structural Insulated Panels, cob artwork, greenhouse, heat storage systems, solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, water catchment, composting toilets, waste water reclamation, and sustainable landscaping. Hands-on activities can also be arranged.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum, but approximately 60 people
Cost: no fee at this time
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: educational staff

St. Paul

Region: Metro
District Energy St. Paul
76 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102
Contact: Joan Nicola
Phone: (651) 297-8955
Fax: (651) 221-0353
E-mail: inquire@districtenergy.com
Website: www.districtenergy.com
Tour Focus: On this tour you will see a wood-fired combined heat and power plant produces thermal energy for Saint Paul's district heating and cooling systems and electricity for the local utility.
Group Size: 4 minimum, 30 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: by appointment
Tour Guide: guided

Waseca

Region: Southern
University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center
35838 120th Street
Waseca, MN 56093
Contact: Jeanette Williams
Phone: (507) 837-5612
Fax: (507) 835-3622
E-mail: willi098@umn.edu
Website: http://sroc.cfans.umn.edu
Tour Focus: On this tour you will learn about environmental and renewable energy studies.
Group Size: 2 minimum, 100+ maximum
Cost: free
Availability: Seasonal weather, by appointment
Tour Guide: Research leader or staff