The Next Generation Energy Board was established by the Governor and the Minnesota Legislature in 2007 as part of the Next Generation Energy Act. The "NextGen" Act established nation-leading requirements on Minnesota’s electric utilities, expanded and strengthened the state’s commitment to the development of locally-owned renewable energy projects and put Minnesota as one of the top states leading the way toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The NextGen Board's role was to develop bioenergy policies and recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature. The Board researched and recommended how the state could invest its resources to most efficiently achieve energy independence, agricultural and natural resources sustainability, and rural economic vitality.
The NextGen Energy statute, M.S. § 41A.105, which created the NextGen Energy Board, expired on June 30, 2015. Future funding for bioenergy and biochemical projects, when available, will be funded through the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program.
Kevin Hennessy, Bioenergy Manager
Kevin.Hennessy@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6223
Ag Marketing & Development Division