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July 16, 2003

McKnight Foundation to Provide $8 Million for Renewables

The McKnight Foundation, a private philanthropic organization, announced in late June that it will devote $8.1 million over the next three years to promote renewable energy development in seven Upper Midwest states: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota. McKnight will work with the Energy Foundation to administer the program, which will focus on wind power and build on its existing "Wind on the Wires" program. See the McKnight Foundation press release.

The Wind on the Wires Initiative, also sponsored by McKnight and the Energy Foundation, has been working since 2001 to remove roadblocks to large-scale wind power development in the Upper Midwest. The initiative has focused primarily on removing bottlenecks in the power grid and changing transmission system rules, which can present barriers to wind power development. See the Wind on the Wires Web site.