University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Energy Transition Lab

The Energy Transition Lab focuses on high-impact collaborative projects that help support our energy systems’ transition to the 21st century. Our projects connect University experts with public, private, community and nonprofit partners, and range from local, regional, state and national to global scales.

Local and regional projects relate to cities, communities and the people who populate them — wherever they happen to be. Minnesota-based projects focus on state policy and other ideas and endeavors connected to Minnesota institutions, industry and economy, and transcend local boundaries. National and global projects have a large sphere of influence. Often, the lines are blurred. For example, our previous work on an Alaskan borough’s access to renewable energy was local in scale but global in its reach. In addition, the Energy Transition Lab also participates as a collaborative partner on several energy transition related projects throughout the state of Minnesota.

To learn more, please see Local, MinnesotaNational/Global scale, and Partnerships sections.

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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.