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Examine Minnesota’s renewable energy future

The 5th Annual Energy and the Environment Conference will explore the most viable options for Minnesota’s renewable energy future, convening expert panels on solar power, wind turbines, and the electrical grid.

The conference will be held from 11 am to 4:30 pm Friday, April 25, in the William Mitchell Auditorium.The conference will be held from 11 am to 4:30 pm Friday, April 25, in the William Mitchell Auditorium.

Bill Grant, deputy commissioner of energy and telecommunications for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, will give the keynote speech, drawing on his experience in energy planning and advocacy.

The conference will also include three separate panels, each exploring a different subject on the renewable energy landscape.

Solar power panel:

  • Moderated by Professor Michael Connelly, William Mitchell
  • Betsy Engelking, vice president, Development, Geronimo Energy
  • Lynn Hinkle, director of policy development, Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Rick Evans, director of regional government affairs, Xcel Energy

 Wind energy panel:

  • Moderated by Sarah Johnson-Phillips, associate with Stoel Rives Energy Development practice group
  • Michelle Rebholz, supervisor and economic analysis for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
  • Beth Soholt, executive director for Wind on the Wires

 Infrastructure and grid panel:

  • Moderated by Michael Krikava, shareholder and chair working in the Energy Section at Briggs and Morgan
  • J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director for Fresh Energy
  • Beth Soholt, executive director for Wind on the Wires
  • Lynn Hinkle, director of policy development for Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association

 Closing Remarks:

  • Beverly Jones Heydinger, chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

 

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served, and CLE credits will be available.

It is presented by William Mitchell and the Environmental Law Society and made possible thanks to generous support from Briggs & Morgan and Xcel Energy.

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