About the RMEB
The board was formed to provide policy guidance on issues surrounding energy development in rural Minnesota. Originally formed in 1996 as the Ridge Counties Task Force, it developed into the Wind Task Force, SW Minnesota Energy Task Force, and Rural Minnesota Energy Task Force; as both the membership and policy issues expanded. The initial focus on wind energy has broadened to include renewable energy and transmission issues. In January 2004, the process to become a more formal entity through the formation of the Joint Powers Board was initiated, the first joint powers’ meeting with fourteen county members was held in January 2005. The counties have been active in working together to resolve many energy related issues, including the barriers to local wind energy generation and development.
The Rural Minnesota Energy Task Force addressed many energy issues that have local long-term benefits to rural Minnesota. These issues and initiatives include:
The Rural Minnesota Energy Board is committed to cooperating in a joint venture to provide the greatest public service benefit possible for the 18 county area encompassed by the Counties in policy, planning, management, and implementation of methods to deal with energy and transmission in rural Minnesota.
Rural Minnesota Energy Board | 2401 Broadway Avenue, Slayton, MN 56172 | Phone: 507-836-8547, Fax: 507-836-8866