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Attend MESA’s First Hot Topic Brown Bag: Assessing the Capacity Value of Energy Storage

June 23, 2016Megan ButlerEvents, MESA, UncategorizedComments Off on Attend MESA’s First Hot Topic Brown Bag: Assessing the Capacity Value of Energy Storage

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The Energy Transition Lab Invites You to Attend MESA’s First Hot Topic Brown Bag: Assessing the Capacity Value of Energy Storage

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You are invited to attend the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance– MESA’s first Hot Topic Brown Bag Lunch discussion on assessing the capacity value of Energy Storage. The discussion will focus on how to best assess the value of energy storage as it relates to capacity resource adequacy in Minnesota, how capacity planning and adequacy is conducted at both the MISO level and the distribution utility level, and approaches that have been used for renewable resources (wind/solar) that may be applicable to energy storage. Discussion leaders will include Rao Konidena (MISO), John Reinhart (MISO), Alan Gleckner (Fresh Energy), John Frederick (Energy Storage Consultant), and a representative from Xcel Energy.

This event is intended to be first in a series of Hot Topics on Storage, where energy enthusiasts can indulge their inner energy geek and engage in an in-depth, informal conversation with experts.

Time and Place: This event will be held from 11:30 to 1:30 on Monday, July 11 at the University of Minnesota Law School Room 50. The Law School, Mondale Hall, is at 229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, 55455.

Getting here:  We are located near the West Bank light rail stop on the Green Line.  From the stop, go up the stairs/elevator to 19th Avenue, turn right, and walk to the nearest building on your right, which is Mondale Hall. The University of Minnesota Law School is located on several Metro Transit bus routes including routes 23 7 and 22 as well as the University of Minnesota’s Campus Connector. By car, parking in pay lots at Mondale Hall is available at a variety of locations on the U of M West Bank campus including: Surface Lot C86, north of Mondale Hall, the 19th Ave. Ramp and the 21st Ave. Ramp.  

This will be a brown bag lunch event. MESA will provide beverages and cookies but please bring your own lunch. Some suggestions for locations nearby to pickup a take out lunch include:

This event is free and open to all interested, so feel free to invite friends or colleagues

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Sandia Labs

 

Energy Storage in Minnesota and Beyond

May 27, 2016Megan ButlerEvents, FeaturedComments Off on Energy Storage in Minnesota and Beyond

On Thursday February 11th, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) hosted the Energy Transition Lab Executive Director Ellen Anderson and Research Assistant Megan Butler for a presentation on Energy Storage in Minnesota and Beyond. The full presentation can be seen below:

The presentation provides an overview of the current work being done on Energy Storage in the state as well as how energy storage can fit into Minnesota’s future energy system. The talk also provides a broad overview of current applications for energy storage technology as well as how policy, technology, regulatory and market drivers affect the future of energy storage in Minnesota and how people can get involved in the new Minnesota Energy Storage Collaborative.

Photo Credit: Sandia Labs (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

June 15 Power Pairings Event: Using solar and storage to enhance community preparedness

May 23, 2016Megan ButlerEvents, MESAComments Off on June 15 Power Pairings Event: Using solar and storage to enhance community preparedness

St.-Paul-skylineAlways Ready: Using solar and storage to enhance community preparedness.

Fresh Energy’s next Power Pairings Event will be held on Wednesday, June 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 AM.

When: Wednesday, June 15, 7:00-8:30 AM

Where: Town and Country Club, 300 N Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55104

Cost: $30 Fresh Energy members/Government employees/Students, $45 General admission

*Early Bird tickets available for $10 off through May 31. Registration will be open through Thursday, June 9.* 

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Ellen Anderson to Speak at Sabo Symposium: “Climate Change After Paris: How do we Get There?”

March 7, 2016Megan ButlerEvents, NewsComments Off on Ellen Anderson to Speak at Sabo Symposium: “Climate Change After Paris: How do we Get There?”

Ellen Anderson to Speak at Sabo Symposium: “Climate Change After Paris: How do We Get There?”

Energy Transition Lab Executive Director & Adjunct Associate Professor Ellen Anderson will speak at Sabo Symposium, Augsburg College, Minneapolis at a forum entitled, “Climate Change After Paris: How do We Get There?” The forum will be held Tuesday, March 8, at 7 pm, at Hoversten Chapel, 625 22nd Avenue South, Augsburg College, Minneapolis.

Other panelists include Anne Hunt, Environmental Policy Director, City of St. Paul, and Amy Fredregill, Resource Planning and Strategy Manager, Xcel Energy. The panel will be moderated by Sabo Center Senior Fellow Tom Berg. The forum is named after former Congressman Martin Olav Sabo. The panel will discuss the Paris Cllimate Change Conference and offer thoughts on how we take action.

Read Ellen Anderson’s faculty profile.

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Thursday February 11th: Energy Storage in Minnesota and Beyond

February 9, 2016Megan ButlerEventsComments Off on Thursday February 11th: Energy Storage in Minnesota and Beyond

Photo Credit: Sandia Labs (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Join the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) on Thursday February 11th for Ellen Anderson’s presentation on Energy Storage in Minnesota and Beyond!

During this presentation, University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab Executive Director Ellen Anderson and Research Assistant Megan Butler will discuss the current work being done on Energy Storage in the state as well as how energy storage can fit into Minnesota’s future energy system. The talk will provide a broad overview of current applications for energy storage technology as well as how policy, technology, regulatory and market drivers affect the future of energy storage in Minnesota and how people can get involved in the new Minnesota Energy Storage Collaborative.

Date and time: Thursday February 11th  at 6:00 PM

Location: Mayflower Church (downstairs) 106 East Diamond Lake Road Minneapolis, MN 55419

For more information about MRES or Thursday’s presentation visit: http://www.mnrenewables.org/node/1751 

Photo Credit: Sandia Labs (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Free Public Seminar on Community Solar

January 13, 2016Megan ButlerEvents, NewsComments Off on Free Public Seminar on Community Solar

Community Solar Gardens are centrally-located solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that provide electricity to participating subscribers. A free public seminar hosted by Clean Energy Resource Teams will provide participants with information and resources to better understand community solar gardens (http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/solargardens).

Time: 3:304:30 p.m Wednesday, January 27.

Place: 105 Cargill Building, University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus.


Community solar projects have been enabled by the Minnesota legislature and provide and opportunity for individual participation in larger scale solar. Called Community Solar Gardens, these are centrally located solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that provide electricity to participating subscribers. The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) provide consumers with resources to better understand community solar garden projects and implement community based clean energy projects. .

In this free public seminar, CERTS Director Lissa Pawlisch will provide an overview of community solar gardens and resources available to consumers.

Photo Credit: Westmill Solar Park (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

 

 

Climate Adaptation Conference January 28th

January 5, 2016Megan ButlerEvents, NewsComments Off on Climate Adaptation Conference January 28th

The 2nd Annual Climate Adaptation Conference will be held on January 28th in Minneapolis. The conference is organized by University of Minnesota’s Water Resource Center and is open to the public. For more information about the Climate Adaption Conference visit the Water Resource Center Website or see the conferences Climate Adaption Conference Agenda.

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The conference will include panels involving corporate leaders, tribal communities, and local mayors. Breakout sessions will involve themes such as: emergency management and climate adaptation, climate change communication, local foods and climate change, energy, and climate impacts on water resources.

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Watch The Reflections From The Paris Climate Talks Discussion

December 17, 2015Megan ButlerEvents, NewsComments Off on Watch The Reflections From The Paris Climate Talks Discussion

 

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On Wednesday Night over 100 people packed the Reflections from the Paris Climate Talks Forum hosted by Climate Generation at The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.. A full web recording of the post-COP21 panel discussion can be found here.

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Reflections From Paris Climate Talks, December 16th

December 9, 2015Megan ButlerEventsComments Off on Reflections From Paris Climate Talks, December 16th
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Photo Credit: Yann Caradec (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Reflections From Paris Climate Talks Forum

Time and Date: Wednesday December 16, 2015
Panel Discussion & Live Webinar 6-7:30 pm

Reception to follow until 8 pm

Location: Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
1954 Buford Ave, Seminar Room R380
St Paul, MN 55108

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The Road to Paris: Multidimensional action to address climate change

October 22, 2015Hari OsofskyEvents, NewsComments Off on The Road to Paris: Multidimensional action to address climate change

All eyes are on Paris as the deadline for negotiation of a new climate change agreement under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of the Parties approaches at the end of this year. Whatever those international negotiations deliver, it is unlikely to be a panacea for the problem of climate change. Climate change is increasingly recognized to be a multiscalar, multidimensional problem that will require concerted action across many levels of government and by a range of actors, public and private. Federal action under the newly released Clean Power Plan, local action by cities and states, engagement of corporations and the private sector, and litigation and advocacy by civil society, are all likely to be part of the puzzle in developing effective climate change regulation.

This event, to be held at the University of Minnesota Law School, on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27-28, 2015, will seek to take stock of multidimensional action to address climate change and its interaction with international efforts to reach a new climate agreement in December in Paris. The workshop is being organized by the Energy Transition Lab and Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, together with the International Environmental Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.

The workshop is designed to encourage production of innovative, new scholarship on questions of climate change regulation, with a particular focus on supporting new professionals and young or emerging scholars. Participants will be required to prepare a working draft of their paper for intensive discussion and comment at the workshop.

Agenda

Day 1: October 27, 2015

8:30 – 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop
Hari Osofsky, Professor, University of Minnesota Law School; Faculty Director, Energy Transition Lab; Co-Chair, ASIL International Environmental Law Interest Group
9:15 – 10:15 am Where We Are on the Road to Paris
Group discussion: participants each give brief (2 min or less) views on most important questions and then group brainstorms key issues in negotiations and the broader climate change context.
10:15 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 11:35 am State and Local Action to Address Climate Change
Moderator: Kathryn Milun, Associate Professor, Sociology/Anthropology Department, University of Minnesota, Duluth; Founder and Director of the Solar Commons Project

  • Uma Outka, Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law
    • Cities and the Low-Carbon Grid
  • Paolo D. Farah, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University, Department of Public Administration & College of Law
    • A Multiscalar and Multilevel Approach to the Role of Non-State Actors and Sub-State Actors in International Environmental Governance and in the Climate Change and Energy Security Discourses
11:40 – 12:30 pm Federalism and the Clean Power Plan
Moderator: Ira Feldman, President & Senior Counsel, greentrack strategies; Lecturer, Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) Program, University of Pennsylvania

  • Melissa Powers, Associate Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School and Amelia Schlusser, Staff Attorney, Green Energy Institute, Lewis & Clark Law School
    • The Risks and Opportunities of a State Measures Approach under the Clean Power Plan
  • Hari Osofsky, Professor, University of Minnesota Law School; Faculty Director, Energy Transition Lab; Co-Chair, ASIL International Environmental Law Interest Group
    • Regional Energy: Bridging the Energy-Environment Divide in the Clean Power Plan
12:30 – 1:35 pm Lunch
1:35 – 2:25 pm U.S. Climate Change and Energy Politics, and the Domestic/International Interface
Moderator: Elizabeth Wilson, Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Law, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

  • Juscelino F. Colares, Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Law, Case-Western Reserve University School of Law
    • Climate Change Mitigation and Trade Rules: The Opportunities and Limitations of Neutral Border Tariffs
  • David A. Wirth, Professor of Law and Director of International Programs, Boston College Law School [remotely at 2pm CST/3pm EDT]
    • The International and Domestic Law of Climate Change: A Binding International Agreement Without the Senate or Congress?
2:30 – 3:20 pm Climate and Energy Federalism
Moderator: Ellen Anderson, Executive Director, Energy Transition Lab

  • David Adelman, Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, Texas Law and David Spence, Professor of Law, Texas Law
    • Cost-Benefit Politics in U.S. Energy Policy
  • Felix Mormann, Associate Professor, Miami School of Law
    • Constitutional Challenges and Regulatory Opportunities for State Climate Policy
3:20 – 3:50 pm Break
3:50 – 4:40 pm Adaptation at Multiple Scales
Moderator: Randel (Randy) D. Hanson, Co-Director, Program in Environment and Sustainability Studies and Coordinator, Sustainable Agriculture Project @ UMD, University of Minnesota, Duluth

  • Jessica J. Hellmann, Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
    • Measuring the “Adaptation Gap” to Inform Adaptation Investment and Track Adaptation Progress Globally
  • Sarah Reiter, Ocean Policy Research Analyst, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Adjunct Faculty, Vermont Law School
    • A Changing Climate, A Coast in Conflict
4:45 – 5:35 pm Transnational Action to Address Climate Change and Its Limits
Moderator: Steve Kelley, Senior Fellow, Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy, Director of Graduate Studies, Master of Science in Security Technologies, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Carlisle Ford Runge, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Applied Economics and Law, University of Minnesota and James Dorsey, Partner, Frederickson and Byron, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Disrupting the Climate in Paris: Creative Destruction and the Global Environmental Logjam
  • Jacqueline Peel, Professor of Law, University of Melbourne; Co-Chair, ASIL International Environmental Law Interest Group
    • A Rights’ Turn Climate Change Litigation?

Day 2: October 28, 2015

8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am Introduction to Day 2
Jacqueline Peel, Professor of Law, University of Melbourne; Co-Chair, ASIL
International Environmental Law Interest Group
9:15 – 10:05 am Corporate Action to Address Climate Change
Moderator: Jennifer Gunn, Associate Professor, History of Science, Technology & Medicine; Director, Institute of Advanced Studies

  • Shi-Ling Hsu, John W. Larson Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law
    • Capital Transitioning: The Race from the Bottom and an Alternative Approach to Climate Policy
  • Brett McDonnell, University of Minnesota Law School
    • Energy Divestment/Investment
10:10 – 11:00 am Corporate Action to Address Climate Change
Moderator: Winthrop A. Rockwell, Executive Director, Green Minneapolis

  • Paul M. Vaaler, John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law & Business Law School & Carlson School of Management
    • Do Stronger Employee Protections in the National Workplace Lead to Higher Rates of Green-Tech Innovation in the Global Marketplace?
  • Lisa Benjamin, Assistant Professor, College of the Bahamas
    • Companies and Climate Change – An Analysis of Five Carbon Major Emitters’ Activities
11:00 – 11:30 am Break
11:30 – 12:20 pm Rethinking Institutional Responses
Moderator: Brad Karkkainen, Henry J. Fletcher Professor in Law, University of Minnesota Law School

  • Todd Aagard, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law [remotely at 11:30 am CST; 12:30 pm EST]
    • Smart Climate Primacy
  • Gabriel Chan, Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota and Joern Huenteler, Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
    • Financing Wind Energy Deployment in China through the Clean Development Mechanism
12:20 – 1:30 pm Lunch and Discussion of Next Steps
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Administration
The Energy Transition Lab is a strategic initiative of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment in partnership with the Law School.
Funding
Funding for the Energy Transition Lab is primarily provided by the Institute on the Environment. Other funders include McKnight Foundation, Energy Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, US Department of Energy, Wind Energy Foundation and the University of California Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute. Support for energy storage work is provided by the Minneapolis Foundation, Great River Energy, Mortenson Construction, AES Corporation, Next Era Energy Resources, and General Electric. Funders have no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of any manuscript.