University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
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Energy Transition Lab

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Mission

To lead in accelerating the development of energy storage in Minnesota and the Midwest Region.

Vision

Energy storage is a transformative  technology that can enable a clean, smart, reliable, flexible, resilient and efficient modern grid.  We will advance the innovative use of energy storage in our region through education, policy, regulatory, technology, and market solutions.

Principles

  • Foster broad stakeholder participation
  • Identify and remove barriers to fully valuing energy storage’s contributions to a resilient and efficient grid.
  • Support a diversity of applications, ownership models, and business models.   
  • Be entirely technology neutral, from electric vehicles to thermal storage to batteries to pumped hydro.
  • Advocate for all scales from customer to utility to grid operator.  
  • Identify best practices that support Minnesota’s clean energy and carbon reduction policies.
  • Provide high quality information and knowledge opportunities.
  • Highlight broad economic benefits of job creation and industry growth.
  • Promote storage where it is a prudent alternative to additional investment in conventional infrastructure.
  • Work with stakeholders including policy makers, regulators, and utility/regional operators to determine and implement better policy, regulatory, and market rules.
  • Partner with stakeholders across MISO states for regional impact.
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