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ETL Publications & Reports

Energy Storage
Minnesota Jobs Project
Minnesota/Duluth Clean Energy Future

ETL Videos

Carbon Neutral Minnesota – IonE Impact Goals

At the 2018 Institute on the Environment Annual Meeting, Ellen Anderson introduced a new IonE “Impact Goal” that the Energy Transition Lab would be championing within the IonE Community.

Two additional Impact Goals were announced: Safe Drinking Water and Sustainable Land-Use Planning.

COP21 (Dec 2015)

Critical Minerals & Clean Energy

On 11/26/18, The Energy Transition Lab welcomed Professor Roopali Phadke to speak about critical minerals and our mining future.

Energy Storage Summit (Jul 2017)

  1. Welcome and Overview
    • Jessica Hellman, Institute on the Environment
    • Ellen Anderson Energy Transition Lab
  2. The Midwest, MISO, and Energy Storage
    • Clair Moeller, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)
  3. Energy Storage from the Regulator Perspective 
    • Ted Thomas, Arkansas Public Services Commission
    • Nancy Lange, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
    • Alexandra Klass, University of Minnesota Law School
  4. Energy Storage: A Critical Hub for the Clean Energy Ecosystem
    • Kelly Speakes-Backman, Energy Storage Association
    • Phyllis Reha, PAR Energy Solutions
  5. State Policies on Energy Storage
    • Dr. David Kolata Citizens Utility Board of Illinois
    • Bill Grant, Minnesota Department of Commerce
    • Brett Simon, GTM Research
    • Bradley Klein, Environmental Law and Policy Center
  6. Keynote & Utility Executive Dialogue
    • Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power
    • Chris Clark, Xcel Energy of Minnesota, North Dakota & South Dakota
    • Ellen Anderson, Energy Transition Lab
  7. Energy Storage Research Keynote & Panel Discussion 
    • Dr. George Crabtree, Argonne National Lab
    • Ellen Anderson, Energy Transition Lab
    • Ed Burgess, Strategen Consulting
    • Dr. Christopher Clack, Vibrant Clean Energy
    • Dr. Eray Aydil, University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering
  8. Energy Storage Implementation Keynote & Panel: Energy Storage Projects that Pay for Themselves
    • Dr. Imre Gyuk, US Department of Energy
    • Sarah Van Cleve, Tesla
    • Lin Franks, Indiana Power & Light
    • Ken Smith, Ever-Green Energy & District Energy of St. Paul
  9. Wrap-up Discussion: Bringing It All Together
    • Beth Soholt, Wind on the Wires
    • Lissa Pawlisch, Clean Energy Resource Teams/UMN Extension
    • Dr. George Crabtree, Argonne National Lab
    • Imre Gyuk, US Department of Energy
    • Jessica Hellman, Institute on the Environment
Energy Storage Summit (Jul 2015)

Energy Storage Videos

Other Publications & Reports

Energy Storage

The Economics of Battery Energy Storage (Rocky Mountain Institute)

A more in-depth, battery energy storage focused analysis with an emphasis on 13 identified applications of battery storage to customers, utilities, and RTO/ISOs, along with economic benefit potential

“Battery-based energy storage is an important component of an increasingly secure, reliable, low carbon, and cost-effective electricity future. Energy storage has the potential to help integrate deeper penetrations of renewable energy onto electricity grids large and small, accelerate the adoption of other distributed energy resources by enabling customer independence, and, perhaps most importantly, deliver efficient, low-cost, fundamental electricity-grid services to society at large…”

Energy Storage for the Electricity Grid: Benefits and Market Potential Assessment Guide (Sandia National Laboratories)

A high-level, technology neutral framework for assessing Energy Storage Economic Potential

“Electric energy storage is poised to become an important element of the electricity infrastructure of the future. The storage opportunity is multifaceted – involving numerous stakeholders and interests – and could involve potentially rich value propositions. Those rich value propositions are possible because, as described in this report, there are numerous potentially complementary and significant benefits associated with storage use that could be aggregated into attractive value propositions…”

U.S. Energy Storage Monitor: 2015 Year in Review Executive Summary (GTMResearch)

A comprehensive Energy Storage Market Analysis

“U.S. Energy Storage Monitor is a quarterly publication of GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA). Each quarter, we gather data on U.S. energy storage deployments, prices, policies, regulations and business models. We compile this information into this report, which is intended to provide the most comprehensive, timely analysis of energy storage in the U.S….”

New York Battery and Energy Storage Consortium Roadmap 

This Roadmap recommends specific actions for the energy storage industry, policy-makers and stakeholders to take to ensure that New York’s electric grid and economy realize the enormous benefits of energy storage.

Make connections with other organizations and initiatives

Electric Utility Associations
Electric Vehicles
General Initiatives

Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

Department of Commerce, Energy

Department of Employment & Economic Development

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Public Utilities Commision

  • Currently considering Xcel’s Integrated Resource Plan, Community Solar Gardens, Externalities, e21, Customer Energy Usage Data, and more. Search for key dockets or topics

Minnesota Legislative Energy Commission

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Department of Energy

Metropolitan Council

Nonprofit Organizations
Public Utilities
Renewable Energy Industry Associations
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