The Future of Energy Storage in Minnesota (Part 2)

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Discussing community-scale deployment of energy storage technologies, specific applications, workforce development, and growing the market.

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It’s clear that Energy Storage is necessary to reach our clean energy goals, but the amount, technologies, and applications we need are still emerging.

Join us as we continue CERTs Energy Futures events in 2021 in collaboration with our colleagues at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment to talk about Energy Storage. The second event in this two-part series will focus on community-scale deployment of energy storage technologies, specific applications, workforce development, and growing the market. We'll hear from:

  • Akisha Everett, Energy Storage Project Coordinator, University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, running a pilot project with community-level energy storage sites
  • Jamez Staples, CEO of Renewable Energy Partners, a clean energy training and construction services company based in North Minneapolis adding an on-site energy storage system
  • Ralph Jacobson, Chief Justice Equity Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Impact Power Solutions, a full-service clean energy development company in Minnesota with storage experience

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Akisha Everett, Moderator | Energy Storage Project Coordinator | UMN Institute on the Environment: A natural convener and all-around social butterfly, Akisha Everett was welcomed to the Institute on the Environment’s Energy team in 2019 as the Energy Storage Project Manager. She has 15 years of project management experience working in Minneapolis with state and city health equity initiatives and performing in nonprofit management & administration. She is currently a student pursuing her degree in Multidisciplinary Leadership minoring in Sustainability and Communication. She proudly lists North Minneapolis as her hometown and firmly believes in the richness and potential of her community. As an engaged community resident, she participates as a board member of the Hawthorne Neighborhood Association, Cooperative Energy Futures as well as PRG, Inc., with a focus on creating possibilities for all communities and engaging residents from all neighborhoods.

Jamez Staples | CEO | Renewable Energy Partners: Jamez Staples, a social entrepreneur is founder and owner of Renewable Energy Partners (REP). Staples is a fierce proponent of renewable resources and an advocate of the green economy; REP’s mission is pairing the economic opportunity of climate change mitigation strategies with careers for the underserved, i.e., "Green Collar" economy. In April 2013, Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton passed the Solar Jobs Act, which mandated that 1.5 % of the state’s energy must come from Solar. On October 14, 2013, Articles of Incorporation for REP company were filed. Renewable Energy Partners (REP) is a certified Minority Business Enterprise for state and federal projects. REP provides full-service renewable energy development. REP’s sister company Northgate Development has a long-term commitment to bring training by way of the Regional Apprenticeship Training Center (RATC). Currently training partnerships are still being established, however the goal is to use the existing 22k square foot building as a centralized career and technical education center for students of the metropolitan regions public schools and adults in the evening hours. RATC will focus on areas of sustainability, and emerging technology, preparing RATC students for careers of the 21st century.

Ralph Jacobson | Chief Justice Equity Diversity & Inclusion Officer | Impact Power Solutions: I founded IPS Solar (formally Innovative Power Systems) in 1991 with the simple goal of helping customers save money and the environment. Since that time we’ve completed over 1,000 renewable projects and solidified our spot as one of the top US solar contractors. Our company’s mission is to lead the transition away from fossil fuels toward renewable power while saving money for our customers.

About this series, Energy Futures: Conversations on Where We’re Headed

There are many people putting forward compelling ideas and visions for the future, and we have been craving a little time to step back and consider these fresh perspectives and how they can contribute to the clean energy future we’re building together. We thought it would be fun to just sit down with folks, hear what they’re thinking, and invite a couple others into a conversation to help us think more expansively about the potential opportunities and trade-offs.

The new Energy Futures virtual event series from CERTs will be an opportunity to do just that! Join us to:

  • Take a step back and imagine potential energy futures
  • Learn from different perspectives on varying aspects of Minnesota's quickly evolving clean energy path
  • Hear a range of ideas over the course of the series about where we’re headed
  • Consider potential implications of these futures and better understand the role of communities in these scenarios

Click on the "Register" button to sign up for this conversation. The Zoom login information will be included in your confirmation message and will be emailed to you.

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