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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)

The Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA)

May 20, 2016Megan ButlerFeaturedComments Off on The Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA)

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About the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA)

The Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA) was formed by interested volunteer stakeholders, based on the shared view that our state and region will be a strong market for energy storage.  We aspire to be a Midwest forum to share knowledge; connect industry, utilities, researchers, policymakers, regulators, experts, and clean energy advocates; and advance smart policies to support energy storage. MESA is convened by the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab with support from the McKnight Foundation.


Our Mission

To lead in accelerating the development of energy storage in Minnesota and the Midwest Region. Click Here to Read More About Our Vision and Principles.


What We Do


    Our Structure

    Steering Committee

    The Steering Committee represents a broad cross-section of energy stakeholders and experts.  Current members include:

    Ellen Anderson, Convenor                                Massoud Amin, U of MN

    Holly Lahd, Fresh Energy                                 Christine Andrews, Attorney

    Hari Osofsky, U of MN                                     Laureen Ross McKalib, Great River Energy

    Ralph Jacobson, IPS Solar                               Brent Bergland, Mortenson Construction

    Bria Shea, Xcel Energy                                     Lise Trudeau, MN Department of Commerce

    W. John Frederick, Energy Consultant                Matt Prorok, Great Plains Institute

    Phyllis Reha, Par Energy Solutions                    Beth Soholt, Wind on the Wires

    Jenny Edwards, Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)

    John Kearney, MN Solar Energy Industry Association (MNSEIA)

    Rao Konidena, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)


    Committees

    • Policy & Markets Barriers and Solutions Committee, focuses on overall energy storage legal, regulatory, policy, and market issues.
    • State Policy Sub-Committee focuses on the Public Utilities Commission and State Legislature.
    • Regional Markets Sub-Committee, focuses on MISO rules and wholesale market policies.
    • Committees in Formation:  Knowledge Sharing and Outreach Committee, Industry & Research Development Committee

    Funding

    Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA) funding is provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Energy Transition Lab.  The Energy Transition Lab (ETL) is funded by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Law School, as well as by grants from the McKnight Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.  ETL is actively seeking additional funding to support MESA’s work.


    Click Here to contact MESA

    Watch Catching The Sun, A Documentary About the Race to Clean Energy, May 26th in Minneapolis

    May 20, 2016Megan ButlerETL Blog, FeaturedComments Off on Watch Catching The Sun, A Documentary About the Race to Clean Energy, May 26th in Minneapolis

    Catching the Sun
    Come see Catching the Sun, a documentary about the race to clean energy, in Minneapolis on Thursday  May 26. Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. The documentary is coming to Minneapolis as part of its National Screening Tour which aims to spark new conversations in over 30 cities across the United States! http://www.catchingthesun.tv/seethefilm/ 

    Time: Thursday, May 26 7:00PM – 8:28PM

    Location: St Anthony Main Theater. 115 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN, US, 55414

    Get Your Tickets here: https://www.tugg.com/events/96340 Read more →

    The University of Minnesota SUN Delegation

    December 22, 2015Megan ButlerFeatured, UncategorizedComments Off on The University of Minnesota SUN Delegation

    Sun Delegation Students Presenting Campus RoadmapThe SUN Delegation is a program of the Solar Endowment project which is funded by the DOE Sunshot Initiative and managed by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. The University partners other than the University of Minnesota are: Purdue, University of Illinois and the Missouri University of Science and Technology. At the University of Minnesota the project is being led by the Energy Transition Lab with the guidance of the Institute on the Environment.

    The University of Minnesota SUN Delegation is made up of the 52 students from Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. SUN Delegation students include both undergraduate and graduate students interested in encouraging the University of Minnesota to invest in solar.

    The objective of the SUN Delegation is to encourage the University of Minnesota to install, or subscribe to, via community solar gardens, at least 1MW of solar PV for one or more of the University’s five campus locations. Read more →

    Addressing Climate and Peace in Paris and Minnesota

    December 11, 2015Megan ButlerETL Blog, FeaturedComments 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

    Written by: Ellen Anderson, Laura Humes and Kayla Walsh Read more →

    2015 Energy Storage Summit Videos and Presentations

    August 5, 2015Megan ButlerETL Blog, FeaturedComments Off on 2015 Energy Storage Summit Videos and Presentations

     

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

    Stay Tuned for more details 

     

    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 ButlerETL Blog, FeaturedComments 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 ButlerETL Blog, Events, FeaturedComments 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 ButlerETL Blog, FeaturedComments 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 ButlerETL Blog, FeaturedComments 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 →

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