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2022 Electrify Minnesota Conference

April 27, 2022

Co-hosted by: The Beneficial Electrification League and the Minnesota Rural Electric Association

Location: University of Minnesota, Minnesota

Thank you to our sponsors.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
7:30 – 8:30 amBreakfast and Welcome – Breakfast Sponsored by Wells Fargo

  • Host Dignitaries and Sponsors if appropriate
8:30 – 9:00 amOpportunities Abound: Framing the Promise and Potential of Beneficial

  • Darrick Moe, Minnesota Rural Electric Association
  • Keith Dennis, Beneficial Electrification League
9:00 – 9:45 amViewpoints from MN Leaders on BE Opportunities and the ECO Act
Policy Panel

  • The Honorable Jason Rarick, Minnesota State Senate
  • The Honorable Katie Sieben, Chair, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
  • The Honorable Jamie Long, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • The Honorable David Senjem, Minnesota State Senate
9:45 – 10:30 amUtility Perspectives

  • Moderator Jeff Haase, Great River Energy
  • Nick Mark, Xcel Minnesota
  • Mike Bull, Minnesota Rural Electric Association
  • Katie Frye, Minnesota Power
10:30 – 11:00 amNetworking Break
11:00 am – NoonStakeholder Dialogue 1: Electric Vehicle Funding Opportunities and Perspectives

Noon – 1:00 pmLunch Sponsored by Polaris and Daikin
1:00 – 2:00 pmStakeholder Dialogue 2: Technologies – Barriers and Lessons Learned With a Focus
on the Eco Act

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Stakeholder Dialogue 3: State and Local Activities and Opportunities
The Beneficial Electrification & Public Policy dialogue will explore the relationship between market development and public policy, specifically the legislative and regulatory environment in as it relates to Beneficial Electrification.

  • Rolf Nordstrom, Great Plains Institute
  • Joe Sullivan, Vice Chair, MN Public Utilities Commission
  • Kevin Lee, Deputy Commissioner, MN Department of Commerce
  • Kent Sulem, MN Municipal Utilities Association
Strategic Session: Electric School Bus Initiative
A roundtable session on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Bus Initiative.

3:00 – 3:15 pmAfternoon Keynote: The Investment in Infrastructure and Jobs Act

  • The Honorable Tina Smith, U.S. Senate (live remarks via video)
3:15 – 4:15 pm
Stakeholder Dialogue 4: Public Engagement & Market Development
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.

  • Gabe Chan, University of Minnesota
  • Tim Sullivan, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association
  • Ben Pierson, Sioux Valley Energy
Strategic Session: Low-Income, Weatherization, and Residential Opportunities and Strategies
A roundtable session cold climate heat pump and dual fuel HVAC systems.

4:15 – 4:30 pmNetworking Break
4:30 – 5:00 pmTechnology Showcase, Toolkit Introduction, and the Path Forward

  • Matt Mukomela, Polaris Off-Road Vehicles, featuring the All-New RANGER XP
  • John-Michael Cross, Environment and Energy Study Institute, Beneficial
    Electrification Toolkit

Closing Remarks & Next Steps

5:00 pmAdjourn
5:00 – 5:30 pmReception & Exhibits and Demonstrations