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The Future of Minnesota’s Electric Utilities: The Sequel

November 13th, 2013

Environmental Initiative’s recent policy forum on “The Future of Minnesota’s Electric Utilities” drew a block-buster crowd—you would have thought they were giving away free beer. Especially for a topic as potentially dry and esoteric as the future of electric utilities, one would have expected a much smaller crowd and the deafening sound of crickets. But the meeting room overlooking the iconic Como Zoo was packed and humming with conversation.

Timing is everything, and the electricity industry in this country (and elsewhere in the world) is undergoing seismic changes that deserve the kind of attention they got at Environmental Initiative’s recent forum. Indeed, for anyone working in (or just interested in) the energy sector, it’s impossible to escape talking about what the utility of the future might look like and how it might evolve. It is the right conversation to be having. (more…)

Policy Forum Recap – What Is Needed for Minnesota’s Future Energy Infrastructure?

September 22nd, 2011

If you are reading this blog post you are either (a) a true energy geek, (b) paid to care about what kind of energy infrastructure we have in this state, (c) a concerned citizen who deserves an award for caring so much about the common good, (d) desperately looking for a distraction from whatever else you should be doing, or (e) possibly all of the above.

“Infrastructure” is one of those ten-dollar words that policy wonks love to use because it’s so economical—it can describe a million different things all in one little word. In the case of energy, it can cover everything from power plants and transmission lines, to the emerging “smart grid” and “smart meters” that give real-time information about how much energy we are using and its cost.


Rolf Nordstrom


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