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Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland, left, and Nathan Paine, a research fellow with Minnesota 2020, an organization that promotes wind power, meet Wednesday to discuss the benefits of in-state wind energy development in Centennial Park in Moorhead. Photo by Heidi Shaffer / The Forum

Wind-generated jobs: Minnesota could see more than 3,000 renewable energy positions

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Minnesota could generate at least 3,000 jobs by catering to industries involved in making and installing wind towers likely to result from the state's ambitious renewable energy standard, advocates said Wednesday.

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Minnesota 2020, an organization that promotes wind, said the state's renewable energy standard - which obligates utilities to derive at least 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025 - can be an economic engine.

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