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April 05, 2018

Carlson Energy Conference
April 05, 2018
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Carlson School of Management 3M Auditorium
321 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
The Business of Energy Transition

The Part Time MBA Energy Club is hosting a half-day conference that explores the business angle of the transformative changes taking place in the energy industry today. Speakers and participants include industry stakeholders throughout the business cycle; those involved in academia and technology development, and the private sector and the utility and policy sectors. The event will explore questions in three distinct areas:

1. Research & Development, Startups, and Financing

Where do startups get financing and develop inroads within the utility industry? What role does UMN research fulfill?

2. Early Adopters and Developers

When and why do businesses and utilities adopt new technologies? How do developers compete in the market, and where is the market headed?

3. Scaled Implementation

What does the energy transition look like at scale? How is Minnesota positioned to be a leader in this transition, and what more do we need?


Conference Program

12:30 p.m. Introduction: Energy Transition, Policy, and the Business Community - Carlson School of Management Energy Club, Ellen Anderson - Energy Transition Lab, Gabe Chan - Humphrey School of Public Policy

1:00 p.m. Session #1: Innovation, R&D, Emerging Technology, Startups, Financing - Matthew Blackler - Zef Energy, Xcel Energy (speaker confirmation pending)

1:55 p.m. Session #2: Early Adopters and Developers - Betsy Engelking - Geronimo Energy, Great River Energy (speaker confirmation pending)

2:30 p.m. Break: Carlson School of Management Atrium

2:50 p.m. Session #3: Scaled Implementation - Senator David Senjem - MN State Senate, Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee, Rao Konidena - Midcontinent Independent Service Operator (MISO)

3:45 p.m. Keynote: The Nexus of Emerging Technology, Falling Prices, and Public Interests - Commissioner Dan Lipschultz - Vice Chair, Public Utilities Commission

4:30 p.m. Reception: Networking with Sponsors and Participants


You will not be able to register through the MNASHRAE website.  Register Here



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