University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Energy Transition Lab



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


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.


  • 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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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 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.