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Energy Transition Lab

Midwest Energy Storage Summit Agenda

Friday, September 15, 2017

Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota

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7:30-8:00 AM           Registration


8:00-8:30 AM           Welcome and Overview (Click here for video)

  • Dr. Jessica Hellmann, Director, Institute on the Environment
  • Ellen Anderson, Director, Energy Transition Lab (Click here for slides.)

8:30-9:00 AM           The Midwest, MISO, and Energy Storage (Click here for video)

  • Keynote: Clair Moeller, Executive Vice President, Operations, MISO (Click here for slides.)
  • Introduction by Ellen Anderson

9:00-9:40 AM           Energy Storage from the Regulator Perspective (Click here for video)

  • Ted Thomas, Chair, Arkansas Public Services Commission and Vice President, Organization of MISO States
  • Nancy Lange, Chair, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission; Chair, Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, NARUC; Chair, Midcontinent States Environment and Energy Regulations
  • Moderator: Alexandra Klass, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota Law School

9:40-10:10 AM          Energy Storage: A Critical Hub for the Clean Energy Ecosystem (Click here for video.)

  • Keynote: Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association 
  • Introduction: Phyllis Reha, PAR Energy Solutions

10:10-10:25 AM        Morning networking break (Click here for slides.)


10:25-11:20 AM       State Policies on Energy Storage (Click here for video.)

  • Dr. David Kolata, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board, Illinois (Click here for slides.)
  • Bill Grant, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Energy Resources, Minnesota Department of Commerce (Click here for slides.)
  • Brett Simon, Energy Storage Analyst, GTM Research (Click here for slides.)
  • Moderator: Bradley Klein, Environmental Law & Policy Center

11:20- 12:10 PM       Keynote & Utility Executive Dialogue (Click here for video.)

  • Keynote: Mary Powell, President, & CEO, Green Mountain Power (Click here for presentation.)
  • Special Guest: Chris Clark, President, Xcel-Energy Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (Click here for slides.)      
  • Moderator: Ellen Anderson, Director, Energy Transition Lab 

12:10-1:00 PM          Lunch Break (Click here for slides.)


1:00-2:00 PM            Energy Storage Research Keynote & Panel Discussion (Click here for video.)

  • Keynote: Dr. George Crabtree, Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Argonne National Laboratory (Click here for slides.)
  • Ellen Anderson, Director, Energy Transition Lab, University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment
  • Ed Burgess, Senior Manager, Strategen Consulting (Click here for slides.)
  • Dr. Christopher Clack, CFO, Vibrant Clean Energy (Click here for slides.)
  • Moderator: Dr. Eray Aydil, Ronald L. and Janet A. Christenson Chair in Renewable Energy, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Professor, College of Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota

2:00-3:00 PM            Energy Storage Implementation Keynote & Panel: Energy Storage Projects that Pay for Themselves (Click here for video.)

  • Keynote: Dr. Imre Gyuk, Director of Energy Storage Research, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, US Department of Energy (Click here for slides.)
  • Sarah Van Cleve, Energy Policy Advisor, Tesla (Click here for slides.)
  • Lin Franks, Senior Strategist, RTO, FERC & Compliance Initiatives, Indianapolis Power & Light (Click here for slides.)
  • Moderator: Ken Smith, President & CEO, Ever-Green Energy/District Energy St. Paul

3:00-3:15 PM            Afternoon networking break (Click here for slides.)


3:15-4:00 PM           Wrap-up Discussion: Bringing It All Together (Click here for video.)

  • Beth Soholt, Executive Director, Wind on the Wires
  • Lissa Pawlisch, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) Director for the University of Minnesota’s Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
  • Dr. George Crabtree, Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Dr. Imre Gyuk, Director of Energy Storage Research, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, US Department of Energy
  • Moderator: Dr. Jessica Hellmann, Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

4:00-6:00 PM            Reception-Refreshments:

Campus Club, 4th floor, Coffman Memorial Union

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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.