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About the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA)

PLEASE NOTE: The Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance is going through a strategic planning transition period, and is not accepting new members at this time.  In September 2018, a new MESA  plan and structure will be announced, so STAY TUNED!  We apologize for the delay and encourage you to check this website for updates.   

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.


  • 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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