Putting Minnesota on the Map: Next Steps for Building a Smart Grid Coalition

Nov. 18, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
St. Paul Student Center
Northstar Ballroom, St. Paul campus

Smart grid technologies bring both challenges and opportunities, and require significant investment in research and development. But smart grids also have the potential to serve as a catalyst for economic recovery. How do we retrofit and engineer a stable, resilient grid in the face of unpredictable power sources? What role will increased efficiency, energy storage, advanced power electronics and other technologies play in the grid of the future? What emerging technologies will enable new products, services and markets? Hear from prominent smart grid experts as they address these questions, among many others, during this half-day conference. Hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, a signature program of the Institute on the Environment, the conference takes place the day after E3 2009: The Midwest’s Premier Energy, Economic and Environmental Conference.


Conference Agenda

Click on each panelist's name to download PowerPoint presentations from the workshop.

7:30-8:00 - Registration
Coffee and continental breakfast served

8:00-8:10 - Welcome
Richard "Dick" Hemmingsen, Director, Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, University of Minnesota

8:10-9:00 - Keynote Address
The Smart Grid Landscape: What’s on the Horizon?
Massoud Amin, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering / Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota
                               
9:00-9:45 - Panel Discussion I
Integration of Renewables
Kay Gehring, 3M
Ned Mohan, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
Bruce Sayler, Connexus Energy
Mike Bull, Xcel Energy (moderator)

9:45-10:00 - Networking Break

10:00-10:45 - Panel Discussion II
Energy Efficiency
Wendy Foslien, Honeywell
Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Power Electric Metering
Paul Hepperla, Verisae
Joel Limoges, Xcel Energy
Bill Glahn, Minnesota Office of Energy Security (moderator)

10:45-11:30 - Panel Discussion III
Smart Grid Security
Hy Chantz, IBM
Brian Isle, Adventium Labs
Bruce Wollenberg, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
Massoud Amin (moderator)

11:30-12:15 - Closing Panel
Connecting the Dots: Building Minnesota’s Competitive Advantage through Partnerships and Technology Development
Rod Larkins, Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, University of Minnesota
Gary Smaby, Collaborative Innovation, University of Minnesota
Fotis Sotiropoulos, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Norb Biderman, 3M (moderator)