Report shows 15 percent of Minnesota's energy comes from wind

Minnesota ranks third among the states in the percentage of electricity produced by wind power. President Obama highlighted the Energy Department's report on the growth of wind energy during an Iowa campaign stop. He's calling for the extension of a tax credit for wind energy producers.
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Minnesota ranks third among the states in the percentage of electricity produced by wind power. President Obama highlighted the Energy Department's report on the growth of wind energy during an Iowa campaign stop. He's calling for the extension of a tax credit for wind energy producers.

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