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There is growing interest by farmers to install small wind generators like these located west of Kerkhoven. But the growing number of small wind generators is beginning to raise concerns among Rural Electric Associations, which find themselves paying retail rates and buying the power at times and locations that are disadvantageous to them. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

As interest in small wind grows, so does resistance

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OLIVIA -- Glen Rohlik is like a growing number of farmers these days. He installed a small wind turbine on his farm in Redwood County and pumps electricity back through the wires of his local Rural Electric Association when the winds produce more power than he needs.

Brian Jeremiason is the energy service manager with the Renville-Sibley Power Cooperative, and is like a lot of managers with farmer-owned REA's.

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