Wind Resource Assessment Report: Mille Lacs Indian Reservation, Minnesota

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the RE-Powering America's Land initiative to encourage development of renewable energy on potentially contaminated land and mine sites. EPA collaborated with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians to evaluate the wind resource and examine the feasibility of a wind project at a contaminated site located on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation in Minnesota. The wind monitoring effort involved the installation of a 60-m met tower and the collection of 18 months of wind data at multiple heights above the ground. This report focuses on the wind resource assessment, the estimated energy production of wind turbines, and an assessment of the economic feasibility of a potential wind project sited this site.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages78
StatePublished - 2013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-60429


  • contaminated land mine sites
  • energy
  • indian reservation
  • Mille Lacs
  • Minnesota
  • renewable energy (RE)
  • turbines
  • wind power
  • wind resource assessment


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