Previous Events

CEEM Member Webinar: How to Engage at the PUC

April 3, 2019

A live webinar on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 2:00pm CT

Join this CEEM member-only webinar to learn the ins and outs of participating in a proceeding at the Minnesota PUC. Regulatory experts will walk through the process using an example case.

Regulatory agencies and their decisions impact your business, and your participation in proceedings can lead to positive clean energy growth. This webinar is an opportunity for CEEM members to learn from regulatory experts, and to ask questions within a small group of industry participants.

The webinar will be led by:

  • Chris Villarreal, President, Plugged In Strategies

Chris was Director of Policy for the Minnesota Public Utilities and worked for nine years at the California Public Utilities Commission. In these roles, he provided policy and regulatory guidance on matters relating to demand response, rate design, grid modernization, data privacy, data access, cybersecurity, energy storage and distribution system planning. Chris was lead staff in California on its Smart Grid proceeding and participated in many other CPUC proceedings related to rate design, data privacy, data access, energy storage, energy efficiency and demand response.


  • Benjamin Stafford, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, CEEM

Benjamin Stafford has over 14 years of engagement in state and federal regulatory policy related to energy and public utilities. Benjamin worked for eight years at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, studied wholesale market regulation in academia, managed state regulatory strategies for a national trade association across 26 states, and provided regulatory and government affairs strategies as a consultant.


CEEM members may register for this free webinar by emailing Lily Osborne.


April 8, 2019 to April 9, 2019
Saint Paul, MN

USGBC's IMPACT Conference is the leading event for sustainable development in the Midwest. Drawing hundreds of building professionals, the conference features the latest updates for LEED, green business programs, new technology platforms like Arc, and provides robust educational sessions and networking opportunities.

This year, IMPACT will be hosted in partnership with Green Schools Conference & Expo, a national event bringing together all the players involved in making green schools a reality. Read more about the event and register here.


Midwest Renewable Energy Summit

April 16, 2019 to April 18, 2019
Chicago, IL

Midwest Renewable Energy is the networking event where the entire Midwest renewable energy community gathers to get the latest insights into the market and to meet key players.

Carlson Energy Conference

April 22, 2019

Monday, April 22 | Humphrey School of Public Affairs

1:00 - 4:00 pm with reception to follow

The Carlson Energy Club has teamed up with the Law School’s Energy and Environmental Law Society and the Humphrey School’s Energy and Environmental Policy Club to host this year’s Energy Conference.

The theme is Minnesota’s Energy Transition: Getting the Details Right, and will feature a single speaker from each of the business, law, and policy disciplines followed by a moderated discussion. For more details and to register, visit the event page.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Jessica Hellman, Executive Director, Institute on the Environment, U of M
  • Nicole Geneau, Strategy and Market Development Director, Mortenson
  • Laura Hannah, Senior Policy Associate, Energy Markets, Fresh Energy
  • Moderator: Raj Rajan, Fellow, Institute on the Environment, U of M