Become a wind supporter by joining our Wellspring® Renewable Wind Energy Program.

While the electricity that Connexus Energy delivers to your home includes approximately four percent renewable energy, the Wellspring® Renewable Wind Energy Program offers energy-conscious members an option to do more for the environment.

Participation not only supports wind energy development in Minnesota, but also helps reduce our dependency on non-renewable energy sources like coal and other fossil fuels.

Commitment to Environmental Leadership

As the demand for electricity continues to increase, our power supplier, Great River Energy (GRE) is on track to meet the green energy objective passed into law that requires utilities to generate 25 percent of their power from renewable sources such as wind, water, and sun by 2025. The law encourages the use of wind farms, hydroelectric power, and solar energy, as well as cleaner burning fuels.

Today, GRE’s renewable sources generate enough electricity to serve the annual needs of 64,000 homes.

Our commitment to environmental leadership is part of our strategic initiatives. We are convinced that pursuing renewable energy alternatives and giving customers the choice to support those initiatives is the right thing to do.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Wellspring® Wind Energy?

The Wellspring® Renewable Wind Energy Program is a voluntary program offered to customers of Connexus Energy. Renewable energy is supplied by our wholesale power supplier, Great River Energy.

While the electricity that is delivered to all homes and businesses includes some renewable energy in the mix, including wind, participating in the Wellspring® program is an added bonus. In the last few years, additional turbines were built specifically for program subscriptions. As long as there is an additional demand for wind energy, more turbines will be built.

How long do I have to stay on the program?

You must remain on the program for at least 12 months. After 12 months, you may discontinue participation at any time.

Where is Wellspring® wind energy produced?

Wind energy is produced using giant wind turbines in southwestern Minnesota.

How does wind energy work?

Large blades are attached to a generator on top of a tall tower. As the wind blows, the spinning blades cause the generator to turn. This generates electricity that is transmitted over wires to homes and businesses.

Is the wind power supplied directly to my home or business?

No. The electricity generated by the wind turbines is fed into the state’s electric system or grid. It is like pouring a pitcher of water into a pond. You can’t get the water from the pitcher back out of the pond. The same holds true for recapturing wind-generated electricity from the grid. It is there and available to use, but to deliver the exact electron generated by the wind turbine is not possible. The wind power that you purchase will replace electricity that would have been generated by conventional fuels.

Will I still receive traditional power sources?

Yes. You won’t be able to distinguish whether the electrons flowing into your home are generated by wind power or not. Rest assured that your commitment to purchase Wellspring® Wind Energy will result in the construction of new wind generators that will help lessen our reliance on coal and other fossil fuels.

Will power in my home or business be dependent on the wind blowing?

No. Your power will continue as usual. Additional generation is built to ensure power is supplied when the wind is not blowing. This is typically gas-powered generation.

Can we generate all our electricity from wind?

No. Wind is a great way to meet some of our electricity needs. However, wind could not generate all our electricity needs because the wind doesn’t blow all the time. Quite often, wind doesn’t blow at all during the hottest days if summer, when people are using the most electricity. Wind is a good option and we need to continue to harness its power. Wind-generated electricity is an important part of the overall mix of generation options.

Is wind energy cheaper to produce than other generation options?

Not yet. Someday wind may be a less expensive alternative. Today, it is still more expensive than traditional generation methods. By providing financial incentives, the government has helped increase the growth of wind energy. As technology advances and costs come down, wind becomes more and more cost-competitive. Another factor is that the windiest areas are often far from the areas that need the power. Therefore, transmission lines need to be built, which adds to the overall cost of wind energy.

What are the environmental impacts of wind generators?

Wind has minimal environmental impact. There is a risk if a bird flies into the spinning turbine. However, the new, larger turbine blades rotate at a relatively slow speed and have a much lower risk to birds than earlier turbine designs. Overall, the number of animal deaths from turbines is very small. Many more birds are killed from other human-related impacts such as buildings and vehicles than by turbines.

Visual impact and noise are two other environmental factors related to wind-generating towers. Proper placement and design can help the visual impact, and new turbines are quieter than older models.

Wellspring Wind Energy Enrollment

Yes, please sign me up to be a Wind Supporter. You choose the level at which you want to join.
(.61 cents per 100 kWh block)

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What type of supporter do you want to be?
An average home uses a total of 800-1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per month. Becoming a Wind Friend is equivalent to an average home's monthly electric use.
I understand by submitting this form I am committing to wind energy for 12 months.