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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, ETL                                        Massoud Amin, U of MN

Allen Gleckner, Fresh Energy                           Christine Andrews, Attorney

Hari Osofsky, U of MN                                     Beth Soholt, Wind on the Wires

Ralph Jacobson, IPS Solar                               Brent Bergland, Mortenson Construction

Amy Fredregill, Xcel Energy                              Lise Trudeau, MN Department of Commerce

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

Phyllis Reha, Par Energy Solutions                    Fran Crotty, MN Pollution Control Agency

Laureen Ross McKalib (alternate Angela Maiko), Great River Energy

Joe Sullivan (alternate Josh Quinnell), Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)

John Kearney, MN Solar Energy Industry Association (MNSEIA)

Rao Konidena, Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO)



  • Policy & Markets Barriers and Solutions Committee: focuses on overall energy storage legal, regulatory, policy, and market issues.  Lead:  Phyllis Reha
  • Regional Markets Sub-Committee: focuses on MISO rules and wholesale market policies. Lead: Matt Prorok


Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA) funding is provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Energy Transition Lab.  The Energy Transition Lab’s energy storage work is also supported by the Energy Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation, the Carolyn Foundation, and several corporate sponsors including Great River Energy, Mortenson Construction, GE, AES, and NextEra Energy.  The Energy Transition Lab (ETL) is supported by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and the Law School.

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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.