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Thank you to everyone who attended the Energy Storage Summit and to our excellent speakers!

June 26, 2015Megan ButlerETL Blog, Events, FeaturedComments Off on Thank you to everyone who attended the Energy Storage Summit and to our excellent speakers!
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Florida International University’s solar thermal collector system. Photo Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The Energy Storage Summit hosted by the Energy Transition Lab on July 15th at the University of Minnesota Law School, featured a blend of presentations by national and local energy storage experts on topics related to the policy, regulatory and market drivers affecting energy storage in Minnesota. Summit participants from a variety of sectors convened to network and participate in a high level discussion about the future of energy storage in the state. The full agenda including presentations for the event can be seen below. Click here to view a list of presenters for the energy storage summit.

Energy Storage Summit Agenda July 15th 2015


7:30 AM         Arrival and Breakfast

8:00 AM         Welcome and Introductory Comments

8:15 AM         Energy Transition and Energy Storage

This presentation features a high-level overview of how our energy system is changing and the future of the electricity grid, and provides a brief overview of energy storage and how it fits into a modernized grid. It addresses questions such as:

  • What do we mean by energy storage?
  • What role does storage play in the current and future energy grid?
  • What will it take to make storage cost-effective?
  • How does energy storage address greenhouse gas reduction, resiliency and reliability?

Presentation: Energy Storage and the Networked Grid by James Tong of Clean Power Finance

9:00 AM          The Latest Energy Storage Research

This panel discussion features University of Minnesota scientists highlighting some of the latest research related to batteries, compressed air, flywheels, pumped hydro storage and solar thermal storage and opportunities for energy storage in Minnesota.

Moderator:        Kristen Nelson    University of Minnesota


10:00 AM        Coffee and Networking Break

10:15 AM         Integrated Energy Systems and Storage

This presentation features a panel discussion on the different ways that energy storage fits into a truly integrated energy system. Experts focus upon a variety of storage applications such as electric hot water heaters, solar and storage, and pumped hydro storage; how they can be integrated into a modern energy system; and benefits to the system in terms of resiliency, reliability, and greenhouse gas emission reduction.

Moderator:        Nina Axelson     Evergreen Energy


11:15 AM          Networking and Lunch Break

During this time Summit participants had the opportunity to network and review posters describing current University of Minnesota research related to energy storage.

12:00 PM          Lunch and Keynote Address

The Energy Storage Summit’s keynote address was provided by Janice Lin,  Co-Founder and Executive Director of the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) and the Global Energy Storage Alliance, and Founder and Managing Partner of Strategen Consulting LLC. The presentation features a discussion of national and global trends related to energy storage and focuses upon the policy, regulatory and market drivers of energy storage opportunities and barriers in California. Ms. Lin also discusses the need to organize industry and stakeholders around the issue of energy storage and how this process helped to accelerate deployment in California.

Presentation: Energy Storage: Power System Game Changer by Janice Lin

12:50 PM             The Rules Matter

This panel discussion focuses upon state, regional and national legal, regulatory, and market rules related to energy storage. The panel features representatives from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), experts on Mid-continent Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO), and other local energy law and policy experts.

Moderator:     Alexandra Klass    University of Minnesota Law School


2:10 PM              Coffee and Networking Break

2:25 PM               The Business Case for Storage

During this presentation Minnesota-based companies and other experts speak about the value proposition that energy storage technology provides for their business and their customers. This features a discussion of storage at multiples scales including utility/transmission scale to distribution to the customer side of the meter.

Moderator:     Paul Douglas    Aeris Weather


3:45 PM             Facilitated Participant Engagement and Concluding Remarks

Immediately following the Summit, participants were invited to a Networking Reception at the University of Minnesota Law School from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM

The reception was sponsored by Juhl Energy, Ever-Green Energy, Xcel EnergyInnovative Power Systems Inc, Great River Energy, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and PAR Energy Solutions LLC-Policy Analysis and Regulatory Advice.

The entire Summit was videotaped and will be available on the Energy Transition Lab website shortly

Energy Storage Summit Program

 Energy Storage Summit Participant List

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