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Minnesota Electrification Leadership Summit

December 6, 2023

Location: Rapids Brewing Co - Grand Rapids, MN


Co-Sponsors

Great
River Energy

Minnesota Rural Electric Association

Beneficial Electrification League

Wells Fargo Foundation


Agenda

Wednesday December 6, 2023
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 1:15Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Jamie Stallman - Energy Conservation and Optimization Specialist, GRE
  • Keith Dennis - President, Beneficial Electrification League
  • Julie Kennedy - General Manager, Grand Rapids Public Utilities
1:15 - 1:45Viewpoints from Minnesota Leaders on Beneficial Electrification Opportunities (GRE Moderated)

  • Louise Miltich - Assistant Commissioner of Regulatory Analysis, MN Department of Commerce
  • Dan Cooper - Key Accounts/Business Development, Lake Country Power
1:45 - 2:15Stakeholder Dialogue 1: Electric Transportation

  • Mike Birkeland - VP, Electrification & Member Experience, Beltrami Electric Co-op
  • Diana McKeown - Co-Director, Clean Energy Resource Teams & Drive Electric Minnesota
  • Rodney De Fouw - Member Electrification Strategist, Great River Energy
2:15 - 2:30Break
2:30 - 3:15Stakeholder Dialogue 2: Residential Opportunities – W/E Together

  • Lisa Severson - Energy Conservation Coordinator, Minnkota Power Cooperative
  • Ryan Fedie - VP Energy Services, MVEC
  • Chris Duffrin - President, CEE
  • Tracy Smetana - Residential Affordability Office Director, MN Department of Commerce
  • Jon Blaufuss - Energy Efficiency and Electrification Programs Manager, Daikin
3:15 - 3:30Keynote

  • US Senator Tina Smith - United States Senator, Minnesota (video remarks)
3:30 - 4:00Break
4:00 - 4:45Stakeholder Dialogue 3: Economic Development, Innovation, and Grant Partnerships

  • Linda Stevens - Sr. VP Sales and Chief Strategy Officer, OATI
  • Tamara Lowney - President & CEO, Itasca Economic Development Corporation
  • Angela Bokovoy - MN Area Director, USDA Rural Development
  • Rep. Spencer Igo - House Climate and Energy Committee, MN House of Reps
  • Arik Forsman - Minnesota Power
4:45 - 5:00Academic Funding / Facilitated Research Perspectives

  • Gabe Chan - University of Minnesota, UMN Duluth
5:00Networking / Dinner

  • Closing Remarks Darrick Moe - CEO, MREA

Minnesota Electrification Leadership Summit – Dec. 6 Speaker Lineup