On Thursday, January 12, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, our friends at the Center for Energy and Environment will be hosting the 2017 Energy Policy Forum: Electric Co-ops Lead Minnesota Innovation at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.
Innovation is essential in the face of rapid change, and no one knows this better than Minnesota’s rural cooperative electric utilities. An innovation themselves nearly a century ago, our rural electric cooperatives were created to ensure that electricity’s benefits were available to the farm communities and local economies of rural Minnesota. Today, rural electric cooperatives are still on the leading edge of innovation, bringing new options to their member-customers while ensuring reliable, affordable electric service.
Throughout the evening a panel of five Minnesota energy experts will discuss how different Minnesota co-ops are responding to the emerging and changing industry dynamics, such as lower customer demand growth; aging infrastructure; stronger expectations and policies for cleaner fuel and more efficient technologies; and cheaper wind and solar. They will also discuss what’s new and what’s next for different electric cooperatives. The evening will also include a keynote address from President and CEO of Great River Energy David Saggau.