State officials are considering whether to launch a second request for projects as soon as next month.
The proposal to legislators asks for $300,000 to study the state’s potential role in the offshore wind industry.
A western Minnesota wind-solar project is among the first of its kind in the country but won’t be the last.
The utility says its interim goal of 80 percent carbon reduction by 2030 can be met with existing technology.
Wind and solar generation on the nation’s largest regional electric grid lags other parts of the country.