Electrify Minnesota! The Future Is Electric!

November 28, 2018

Hosted by: Great River Energy
Sponsored by: The Beneficial Electrification League (BEL)
Supported by: NRECA, NRDC, MREA, WECC, Community Storage Initiative, Fresh Energy

7:30 – 8:00 am Breakfast and Welcome
Sponsored by WECC
Jeff Haase, Great River Energy
8:00 – 8:30 am Framing the Promise and Potential of Beneficial Electrification

  • Steven Koep, Westinghouse Water Heaters/Kingsway Marketing
  • Keith Dennis, NRECA
  • Gary Connett, Chairman- Beneficial Electrification League (BEL)
8:30 – 9:45 am Viewpoints from MN Leaders on Beneficial Electrification Opportunities
Moderator: Steven Koep, BE-A (Beneficial Electrification Ambassador)

  • Gary Connett, Beneficial Electrification League (BEL)
  • Jeffrey Haase, Great River Energy (GRE)
  • Kevin Schwain, EV Program Lead, Xcel Energy
  • Greg Ridderbusch, Connexus Energy
  • Michael Noble, Fresh Energy
  • Ellen Anderson, Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance
  • Brendon Slotterback, McKnight Foundation
9:45 – 10:00 am Break
Sponsored by Westinghouse Water Heaters/Water Heaters Only
10:00 – 10:30 am The Opportunity and Challenge: NREL and EPRI’s National Assessments

  • The NREL Electrification Future Study – Robin Roy, NextEnergy US
  • EPRI National Electrification Assessment – Keith Dennis, NRECA
10:30 – 11:45 am Stakeholder Dialogue 1: Technologies – Barriers and Lessons Learned
Moderator: Keith Dennis, NRECA

  • David Ranallo, Great River Energy (GRE)
  • Steven Koep, Westinghouse Water Heaters/Kingsway Marketing
  • Justin Margolies, Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp. (WECC)
  • Carla Frisch, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
  • David Lis, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
  • Ben Schoenbauer, Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE)
  • Paul Steffes, Steffes Corporation

The Beneficial Electrification Technologies dialogue will discuss the variety of residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial BE technologies that will meet the needs of customers and utilities, while increasing overall emissions efficiency.

11:45 – 12:45 pm Lunch
Sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC
12:45 – 2:00 pm Stakeholder Dialogue 2: Public Policy
Moderator: Robin Roy, NextEnergy US

  • Camille Kadoch, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
  • Darrick Moe, Minnesota Rural Electric Association
  • Anthony Fryer, Minnesota Dept. of Commerce
  • Margaret Cherne-Hendrick, Fresh Energy
  • Aaron Tinjum, Xcel Energy
  • Amanda Levin – NRDC
  • Jennifer Edwards, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Bob DiBella, ICF

The Beneficial Electrification & Public Policy dialogue will explore the relationship between market development and public policy, specifically the legislative and regulatory environment in Minnesota as it relates to Beneficial Electrification.

2:00 – 2:45 pm Stakeholder Dialogue 3: Public Engagement & Market Development
Moderator: Steve Koep, Beneficial Electrification Ambassador

The BE Market Development & Public Engagement session will discuss coordinated BE market development efforts and public awareness strategies. What has been learned from our joint efforts to promote the ideas of grid-interactive water heating (GIWH), Community Storage and environmentally-beneficial electrification? Join us as we lay the groundwork for the Beneficial Electrification League of Minnesota!

2:45 – 3:00 pm Break
Sponsored by Steffes Corporation
3:00 – 3:30 pm Beneficial Electrification – The Path Forward
Closing Remarks & Next Steps
Gary Connett, Jeff Haase, Keith Dennis, Robin Roy, Steve Koep
3:30 pm Adjourn