The Great Plains contain some of the richest renewable energy resources in the country. States like Minnesota are beginning to tap into the clean, affordable wind energy in the region. Yet, there is the potential to include even more renewable energy on the grid.
In order to realize this, though, significant investment is needed in our electric transmission system. Many challenges remain to accessing the wind energy – and resultant savings in energy costs – in the region, such as cost-allocation, permitting and land owner compensation.
To this end, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid is hosting the Great Plains Clean Energy Transmission Summit October 21st, with support from our sponsor Midwest Energy News. The event will feature expert panelists exploring the obstacles and opportunities of a clean energy grid in the region. While the Great Plains will be highlighted, we will also underscore the common themes from our previous events around the country. The event is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Kristine M. Schmidt, President, ITC Great Plains
- Phyllis Reha, Former Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utility Commission
- Michael Skelly, President, Clean Line Energy Partners
- Michael Noble, Executive Director, Fresh Energy
- Johnathan Hladik, Energy Policy Advocate, Center for Rural Affairs
- Teresa Mogensen, Vice President of Transmission, Xcel Energy
- Rolf Nordstrom, Executive Director, Great Plains Institute
- Beth Soholt, Executive Director, Wind on the Wires
- Ken Paulman, Editor, Midwest Energy News
- John Moore, Senior Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project
- Will Kaul, Vice President of Transmission, Great River Energy
- Jim Fixsen, Central Region Sales Manager, Bell Lumber & Poles
- Frank James, Staff Director, Dakota Rural Action
- Al Bloniarz, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Systems Control
- Dan Haugen, Energy Journalism Fellow, Midwest Energy News
- Dan Prowse, Special Projects and Renewable Energy Officer, Manitoba Hydro