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MESA Hot Topic: What can MN learn from the West Coast?

May 1, 2017Barb JacobsEvents, Featured, MESAComments Off on MESA Hot Topic: What can MN learn from the West Coast?

Recently, the Energy Transition Lab led a Minnesota delegation on a week long tour of energy storage and microgrid projects in California and Washington. On 5-15-17, the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance hosted a Hot Topic event focusing on the experiences and lessons-learned from this group, comprised of University of Minnesota, Public Utilities Commission, NGO and Utility representatives.

You can watch a recording of the event by clicking here.

You can access the slides shown at the presentation here.

The discussion, facilitated by Ellen Anderson, executive director of the Energy Transition Lab, featured:

  • Commissioner John Tuma, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
  • Mike Kaluzniak, Facilities Staff, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
  • Alison Hoxie, Professor, University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Amy Fredregill, Resource Planning and Strategy Manager, Xcel Energy
  • Erick Van Meter, Assistant Director for Utility Operations, University of Minnesota
  • Jodi Slick, CEO, Ecolibrium3
  • Joel Tallaksen, Renewable Energy Research Scientist, West Central Outreach and Research Center, University of Minnesota
  • Shane Stennes, Director of Sustainability, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Troy Goodnough, Director of Sustainability, University of Minnesota-Morris

Is energy storage the game changer we’ve been looking for? Find Out February 23 at 12:00

February 21, 2017Megan ButlerEvents, MESA1

Photo Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory   (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Why is energy storage called the “Swiss Army Knife” of the electric grid?  It can potentially provide many different services to enhance renewable energy, reduce unnecessary infrastructure expenses, and help smooth out demand/supply curves.  But is this a good deal for customers?  Is the technology ready for prime time? And is it just about batteries? Attend the next presentation for the Institute on the Environment’s Frontiers in the Environment series and find out. The presentation will feature a panel discussion moderated by Ellen Anderson, Executive Director, Energy Transition Lab. The panel will include: Brian Burandt, Connexus Energy; Ron Nelson, Attorney General’s office; Ned Mohan, Engineering Professor, University of Minnesota, and Don Fosnacht, Associate Director, Natural Resources Resource Institute. Burandt, an electric cooperative and Nelson, a ratepayer advocate, will discuss the value proposition for utilities and customers.  Mohan and Fosnacht will discuss technology advances in energy storage.Join YouTube Live here for 2/23.

Date: Thursday, February 23 at 12:00 PM

Location: Digital Technology Center, Walter 402, 117 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis

Minnesota Energy Storage Strategy Workshop

November 3, 2016Megan ButlerEvents, Featured, MESAComments Off on Minnesota Energy Storage Strategy Workshop
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Energy Storage System Photo Credit: Portland General Electric (CC BY-ND 2.0)

In September the Energy Transition Lab convened and hosted an informal Energy Storage Strategy Workshop in partnership with the Energy Foundation and a number of key local and national storage and utility industry leaders. Workshop partner and co-facilitator, Strategen Consulting, provided technical assistance and case studies of storage projects from around the country and is working to analyze specific energy storage use cases in Minnesota.

The goal of the workshop was to identify and prioritize key electric power sector challenges in Minnesota which can potentially be addressed cost-effectively by energy storage. Additionally, the workshop served to inform Minnesota stakeholders about various grid services energy storage can provide such as reliability, peak shaving, efficiency, flexibility, power quality, and renewable energy enhancement.

The workshop was the first of its kind in the nation, bringing together a diverse set of key Minnesota energy ecosystem stakeholders in an informal, small group meeting format to form hypotheses for how energy storage can be locally deployed across electric power sector silos, and to develop methodologies and approaches to evaluate its cost-effectiveness. The Energy Transition Lab and Strategen Consulting envision this informal approach as a potential model that can be expanded to other states looking to evaluate if and how energy storage can be integrated into their electric power sector.

The workshop included several presentations on energy storage which can be accessed below:

See the resources below for additional information:

 

Attend the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance Hot Topic: Rate Design and Energy Storage

October 25, 2016Megan ButlerEvents, MESAComments Off on Attend the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance Hot Topic: Rate Design and Energy Storage

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The Energy Transition Lab Invites You to Attend MESA’s Hot Topic: Rate Design and Energy Storage

You are invited to attend the Hot Topic discussion hosted by the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA) on rate design and Energy Storage. The discussion will feature a presentation by Chris Villarreal, Director of Policy for the Minnesota Public Utility Commission and Char of the NARUC (National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners) Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design. Chris will talk about the final version of the NARUC Manual on Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Rate Design and Compensation, rate design, and the role of DER going forward including the relevance of rate design to energy storage applications.

This event is part of a series of Hot Topics on Storage hosted by MESA, 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 2:30 to 3:30 on Wednesday, November 9 at the University of Minnesota Law School Room 40. 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.  

MESA will provide beverages and light refreshments. This event is free and open to all interested, so feel free to invite friends or colleagues Read more →

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

Register Today

Featured Image Photo Credit: Sandia Labs

 

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.* 

Register Today

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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.