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Addressing Climate and Peace in Paris and Minnesota

December 11, 2015Megan ButlerEnergy Transition Blog, Featured, NewsComments Off on Addressing Climate and Peace in Paris and Minnesota

Energy Transition Lab executive director Ellen Anderson and two seniors from Macalaster College explored connections between global climate change and peace at  in this editorial which originally appeared as an article on the MINNPOST

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2015 Energy Storage Summit Videos and Presentations

August 5, 2015Megan ButlerFeatured, NewsComments Off on 2015 Energy Storage Summit Videos and Presentations

 

The 2nd Energy Storage Summit Will Be Held in Fall, 2016.

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What People Are Saying About The Energy Storage Summit:

    • “Leaving the summit I had my interest peaked and had new resources to look for information”
    • “Let’s form a partnership among the key stakeholders, and roll our sleeves and get to work. How about making MN the leader in Midwest storage?”

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    Additional Feedback:

     

    • “Good review of what is real and what is 5-10 years away in regards to energy storage”
    • “Speakers represented a good range of stakeholders
    • Overall, great content”
    • “[I liked] the way questions were handled and holding the presentations to their allotted time”
    • “It was fun at the end to do the live polling and then to network at the reception afterwards”
    • “[I liked] the real time gathering of our opinion using the [Poll Everywhere] technology, as a result we were engaged much better”
    • “Hopefully there will be a follow up session”

Janice Lin Keynote Speaker of the Energy Storage Summit at the University of Minnesota Law School on July 15, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. © Tony Nelson

Janice Lin Keynote Speaker of the Energy Storage Summit © Tony Nelson

The Energy Transition Lab held a summit on July 15 at which national and local experts examined the policy, technology, regulatory, and market drivers that affect energy storage in Minnesota. Click here to view a list of presenters for the energy storage summit.

Summit participants from a variety of sectors convened to network and participate in a high level discussion about the future of energy storage in the state. Of the more than 200 participants, roughly half were from the private sector, with the rest representing government, academia, and nonprofit organizations. Videos and presentations for the event can be seen below. Read more →

The Energy Transition Lab is recruiting students to be a part of the University of Minnesota’s Solar University (SUN) Delegation.

July 22, 2015Megan ButlerFeatured, NewsComments Off on The Energy Transition Lab is recruiting students to be a part of the University of Minnesota’s Solar University (SUN) Delegation.

The Energy Transition Lab is now recruiting students to be a part of the University of Minnesota’s Solar University (SUN) Delegation. The SUN Delegation will be made up of a student deployment team whose goal is to have the University of Minnesota invest in, or build, at least 1 megawatt (MW) of solar. The student deployment team will help recruit other students, find solar sites, determine investment propositions and present a viable investment plan to the University of Minnesota decision makers. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis but we would appreciate applications by August 10th so we can make decisions on our first traveling opportunity. Send applications to cinax012@umn.edu

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Energy Storage Summit and to our excellent speakers!

June 26, 2015Megan ButlerEvents, Featured, NewsComments Off on Thank you to everyone who attended the Energy Storage Summit and to our excellent speakers!
Solar Thermal Storage Project

Florida International University’s solar thermal collector system. Photo Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The Energy Storage Summit hosted by the Energy Transition Lab on July 15th at the University of Minnesota Law School, featured a blend of presentations by national and local energy storage experts on topics related to the policy, regulatory and market drivers affecting energy storage in Minnesota. Summit participants from a variety of sectors convened to network and participate in a high level discussion about the future of energy storage in the state. The full agenda including presentations for the event can be seen below. Click here to view a list of presenters for the energy storage summit.

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Energy Transition in Minnesota and Beyond

June 17, 2015Megan ButlerFeatured, NewsComments Off on Energy Transition in Minnesota and Beyond
Wind farm construction

Photo credit: Wind Farm Construction by Vattenfall/Jorrit Lousberg CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Last month Energy Transition Lab Executive Director Ellen Anderson presented to the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society on the future of Energy Transition in Minnesota as well as the work that the Energy Transition Lab and University of Minnesota Researchers have been doing related to understanding Energy Transition.  Read more →

Local Energy Security in Transition

June 16, 2015Megan ButlerFeatured, NewsComments Off on Local Energy Security in Transition
Enegy Transition Lab Faculty Director Hari Osofski

Dr. Osofsky at the MEPC Making Connections Summit.       Photo Credit: MPEC 2015 Energy Summit by Great Planes Institute CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

This month Dr. Hari Osofsky, the Energy Transition Lab’s Faculty Director presented the keynote address at the Metropolitan Energy Policy Coalition’s Energy Summit held held in St. Paul.  Read more →

Ten things we learned about the energy transition

October 21, 2014grafe014Featured, NewsComments Off on Ten things we learned about the energy transition

energy transition solar panel

Energy Transition Lab executive director Ellen Anderson and Energy Transition Lab faculty director Hari Osofsky explored the “Top 10″ key areas of energy transition and the Energy Transition Lab’s role in them. This story originally appeared on the Institute on the Environment blog.

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Ellen Anderson named executive director of energy lab

August 28, 2014grafe014Featured, NewsComments Off on Ellen Anderson named executive director of energy lab

Our energy system is in the midst of a major transition. Our power sources are shifting from coal to more natural gas and renewables. We need to upgrade our aging grid to accommodate those new sources. As our grid becomes “smarter,” we need it to be responsive and reliable. And new greenhouse gas emissions regulations and the need to make our grid resilient as the climate changes add further complexities.

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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.