MN Energy Future Scoping Study - Stakeholder Workshop
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (CDT)
Minnesota Energy Future Scoping Study
Legislation passed in 2013 requires the Minnesota Department of Commerce to develop the scope for a Minnesota Energy Future Study of how the state can transition to a sustainable energy system that does not rely on fossil fuels (Scoping for a Renewable Energy Study: MN Laws 2013, Chapter 85 HF 729, Article 12, Section 7).
(14MB | .pdf) Before the workshop, attendees are encouraged to preview the Review of Studies report prepared by the Rocky Mountain Institute. This report provides a helpful summary of commonalities and differences across ten studies, completed between 2010 and 2012, that explore the potential for significant carbon and/or fossil fuel reductions. Categories of information evaluated include study goals, timeframe, sectors, geographic bounds, technologies considered, assumptions, granularity, findings and gaps.
- Present a review and assessment of prior related studies and begin strategic framing for the Minnesota work;
- Introduce options for the Minnesota Scoping Study;
- Hear feedback from stakeholders.
The Minnesota Energy Future Study, if authorized and funded, is anticipated to evaluate the following:
- How can emerging technologies and practices transform energy use in Minnesota?
- Are there potential cross-sector opportunities in electricity, transportation, thermal (heating and cooling), industry and agriculture?
- What strategies should be considered to end Minnesota's contribution to greenhouse gases within the next few decades in a cost-effective manner?
More information on the Scoping Study and other 2013 Energy Legislation Initiatives is available on the Division of Energy Resources website.
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