Is energy storage the game changer we’ve been looking for?


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:00pm
Walter Library or Online
117 Pleasant St SE
UMN Digital Technology Center #402
Minneapolis or online  Minnesota
United States

Hosted by

Institute on the Environment (IonE), University of Minnesota

Why is energy storage called the “Swiss Army Knife” of the electric grid? It can potentially provide many different services to enhance renewable energy, reduce unnecessary infrastructure expenses, and help smooth out demand/supply curves. But is this a good deal for customers? Is the technology ready for prime time? And is it just about batteries? Burandt, an electric cooperative and Nelson, a ratepayer advocate, will discuss the value proposition for utilities and customers. Mohan and Fosnacht will discuss technology advances in energy storage.

Panel discussion moderated by Ellen Anderson, Executive Director, Energy Transition Lab

Panelists include:

  • Brian Burandt, Connexus Energy
  • Ron Nelson, Attorney General’s office
  • Ned Mohan, Engineering Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Don Fosnacht, Associate Director, Natural Resources Resource Institute

Minnesotans building a clean energy future


    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission