Upcoming Events

2017 e21 Forum #2: Toward a 21st C. Electric System in Minnesota

July 14, 2017
350 Market Street St. Paul, MN 55102
The Saint Paul Hotel


1:30 PM - 6:00 PM 


The e21 Initiative brings together key interests including utilities, consumer advocates, energy technology companies, other businesses, environmental and academic organizations, and government to enable Minnesota to continue to lead in shaping an electric system for the 21st century. 

e21 Forums happen 3-4 times per year and provide an opportunity for interested parties in Minnesota to hear about and discuss important issues facing the electricity sector.


Draft Agenda


1:30 – 1:45 pm: Welcome, Meeting Overview, Update on e21 Phase 3

Rolf Nordstrom, Great Plains Institute

Mike Bull, Center for Energy and Environment


1:45 – 3:15 pm: Panel Discussion: Designing Better Rates as if Consumers Matter

Jim Lazar, Regulatory Assistance Project

John Howat, National Consumer Law Center

Dave Kolata, Citizens Utility Board of Illinois

Moderator: Annie Levenson-Falk, Citiziens Utility Board of Minnesota


3:30 – 4:30 pm: Project Launch: The Implications of Performance Based-Approaches to Utility Regulation

Steve Kihm and Frank Greb, Seventhwave

Pete Cappers and Andy Satchwell, Berkeley Lab


4:30 – 6:00 pm: Hosted Networking Reception


This meeting is free and open to the public

Questions? Please contact Jess Jellings with the Great Plains Institute at 612-400-6285 or jjellings@gpisd.net

Solar Power Hour

July 26, 2017
2821 E. Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN
Insight Brewing

4:00 PM

Join us for a free education session about solar energy options in Minnesota! This summer, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association is partnering with municipalities and neighborhoods around the state to provide information on solar energy to residents.

Topics will include residential solar, community solar, and solar for your business. We’ll discuss financial considerations, available incentives, and how to go about selecting the right installer. Find out what you need to know to get started.

After the presentation, there will be opportunity to talk with partnering solar installers and community solar developers about your specific questions.

Opportunities & Barriers to Utility Infrastructure Efficiency

July 28, 2017
451 Lexington Parkway North Saint Paul, MN 55104
Wilder Center

The Minnesota Department of Commerce invites you to participate in a stakeholder meeting to explore opportunities and barriers to utility infrastructure efficiency projects, and to begin developing a framework to improve the overall generation, transmission, and distribution efficiency of Minnesota’s electric system.