Electric Storage: Addressing Grid Demands & Customer Values

At this policy forum, we discussed the changing landscape of electric storage in Minnesota— from what our grid needs to meet state greenhouse gas goals, to adoption benefits and barriers for customers. While it’s still an evolving industry, many in the energy field are wondering where they fit into storage policies and what decisions to track. Connecting all these pieces, this forum will elaborate on relevant wind and solar market changes, policy implications, and what’s next for electric storage in Minnesota. Participants discussed the gap between the potential and current state of storage development. In addition, we explored differing customer values, policy implications, and what barriers there are to storage development and market participation. View the agenda (PDF) »

Why Electric Storage Matters

In a lot of ways, electric storage is a solution that’s still being tested, but a solution to what problems? There are some early adopters experimenting with electric storage, including distributors, utilities, and customers alike. However, many are still working to understand how to capture the multiple values of electric storage for their needs and the needs of their customers.

Recent studies from the University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab shine a light on the ways electric storage can help meet our state’s energy goals and make our grid smarter, more resilient, and accommodate more renewables. According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, with some upgrades, Minnesota’s current power system could handle at least forty percent wind and solar energy without impacting reliability. The addition of electric storage would help our grid push past that number, which not only contributes to sustainability and decarbonization but also supports the growth of microgrids to build resiliency at a community level.


  • Ellen Anderson, Executive Director with Energy Transition Lab at the Institute on the Environment – University of Minnesota
  • Brian Burandt, Vice President – Power Supply and Business Development at Connexus® Energy
  • Julia Eagles, Public Policy and Strategy Manager with Xcel Energy
  • Barb Jacobs, Project Manager with Energy Transition Lab at the Institute on the Environment – University of Minnesota
  • Rao Konidena, President & CEO of Rakon Energy LLC
  • Mallory Lindgren, Director of Solar and Storage with Westwood Professional Services
  • Matt Prorok, Senior Policy Manager at Great Plains Institute
  • Peter Rood, Chief Development Officer at GlidePath Power Solutions
  • Beth Soholt, Executive Director of Clean Grid Alliance
  • Lise Trudeau, Senior Engineering Specialist of Clean Energy Technologies with Minnesota Department of Commerce

Check out what happened or ask follow-up questions using the hashtag #ElectricStorageMN on Twitter. You can also follow us at @EnvInitiative.



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