MN’s Next-Door Neighbor: ‘The Saudi Arabia of Wind’

What made New England the center of the Industrial Revolution — and specifically, the textile industry — more than 150 years ago?

Two things: technology, and cheap energy (specifically, hydroelectric power from the area’s many rivers).

A century ago, what made the Twin Cities the nation’s milling capital? Technology, and cheap energy and transportation costs (both of the latter courtesy of the Mississippi).

Turning on the ‘Wind Spigot’

Fast forward to today.

Minnesota is located downwind, quite literally, from North Dakota — often billed as “The Saudi Arabia of Wind.”

Thanks to the Internet and the area’s investment in education, the Twin Cities has access to word-class technology and technology workers.

In an era when everyone’s scrambling to deal with volatile, mostly-rising energy costs, the Twin Cities has practically on its doorstep the best imaginable solution: a supply of relatively cheap, green — and inexhaustible — energy.

All that’s needed is a way to turn on the spigot.

Anyone else see a screaming opportunity here?? (Or, care to point out what I’m missing)

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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