Innovation is essential in the face of rapid change, and no one knows this better than Minnesota’s rural cooperative electric utilities. An innovation themselves nearly a century ago, our rural electric cooperatives were created to ensure that electricity’s benefits were available to the farm communities and local economies of rural Minnesota.
Today, rural electric cooperatives are still on the leading edge of innovation, bringing new options to their member-customers while ensuring reliable, affordable electric service. So how are Minnesota’s co-ops responding to emerging industry dynamics such as lower growth in customer demand, policy and customer expectations for cleaner fuel sources and more efficient technologies, aging infrastructure, and cheaper wind and solar?
Join us to learn from their experience and discuss what’s new and what's next for our electric cooperatives.
5:00-6:00 Networking, cash bar & appetizers
David Saggau | Great River Energy, President and CEO
Minnesota Expert Panelists
Jim Horan | MN Rural Electric Association, Director of Government Affairs & Counsel
Beth Soholt | Wind on the Wires, Executive Director
Ryan Hentges | Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, General Manager
Jessica Burdette | MN Department of Commerce, State Energy Office Manager
Mike Bull | Center for Energy and Environment, Director of Policy and Communications
Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A
Moderated by Chris Farrell, American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio
This forum is sponsored in part by The McKnight Foundation