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Friday, December 15, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and light breakfast 

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Event program
TIES Conference Center
1644 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113


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Policy Forum Series: The evolution of Utility resource planning:   designing for disruption


The energy system is currently undergoing a massive transformation. Changing customer demands and access to new technologies are shifting us toward a more decentralized power system. This increasingly complex relationship between energy consumers and producers is also increasing the uncertainty utilities face as they make decisions about their long-term investments in electricity generation and distribution. Because it is one of the most important processes that determines what the future energy system will look like, the Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process, is a place where the pressures of this change are being felt most acutely.

This forum will explore how the IRP process could evolve to accommodate a more diverse electric generation system and changing consumer demands, as well as support balanced investment in a more efficient, more renewable, and lower-carbon grid.

Additionally, this forum will explore the following questions:

•  How is the shift to more distributed resources changing utilities’ roles and relationships to the grid? How are these changes impacting the planning process that utilities undergo every two years?
•  How do we accommodate more and more uncertainty in the planning process while also building in more resilience? 
•  How might the relationship to customers and stakeholders change along with other changes to the way planning happens (inside and outside of the formal IRP filing process)?

Speakers & Agenda

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•  Mike Bull, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Center for Energy and Environment
•  Leigh Currie, Senior Staff Attorney, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy 
•  Brian Draxten, Manager, Resource Planning, Otter Tail Power Company
•  Betsy Engelking, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Geronimo Energy
•  Bill Grant, Deputy Commissioner of Energy and Telecommunications, Minnesota Department of Commerce
•  Holly Lahd, Lead Energy Program Manager, Target
•  Annie Levenson-Falk, Executive Director, Minnesota Citizen's Utility Board
•  Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Executive Director, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (invited)
•  P.J. Martin, Director, Resource Planning, Xcel Energy
•  Drew Moratzka, Partner, Stoel Rives
•  Julie Pierce, Vice President, Strategy and Planning, Minnesota Power
•  Halston Sleets, Sustainability and Environmental Justice Policy Aide, City of Minneapolis

Questions and Reduced Event Rates

For questions about the program, contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104. 

For questions about registration or a reduced rate, contact Erin Niehoff at 612-334-3388 ext. 8102. Reduced rates are available for nonprofit staff, students, or those experiencing financial hardship.

Let us know you're coming or share your questions by using #IRPevolution on Twitter. You can also follow us at @EnvInitiative.