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8/9/2017 to 8/10/2017
When: August 9-10, 2017
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Where: River's Edge Convention Center
10 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota  56301
United States

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The Energy Issues Summit is one of MREA’s signature and most anticipated annual events. It provides an exclusive environment for electric co-ops in Minnesota and the Midwest region to become informed on key issues, exchange illuminated ideas, share experiences, and talk through various co-op strategies in a familiar forum.





Issues Summit

August 9-10, 2017 (W 9-4pm, Th 8-11:30am)
River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud
Prices: please see below










Pre-conference Training Event:

New Director Orientation, August 7-8 (M 1-4pm, T 8-3pm)

Grassroots Strategy for Co-op Leaders, August 8 (T 9-3:30)


Tuesday, August 8:Related Events:

·   Cooperative Network Electric Sector Meeting (3:30 to 5:30)

·   Political Fundraiser for Senator Julie Rosen (5:30-7:00)
(immediately following Co-op Network Meeting)


*EIS Short Talk - The “EIS Short Talks” featured throughout this year’s Energy Issues Summit are a fast-paced 15-20 minute TED-talk style session, starring co-op leaders or energy industry experts sharing what they believe you need to know when it comes to some essential topics, updates on new ideas or current trends in energy or within the co-op family.



EIS Day 1: August 9, 2017

Powerful Questions in Energy

8:30      Registration – continental breakfast


9:00      Welcome – Alison Deelstra, Director of Education and Communication, Minnesota Rural Electric Association


9:10      Powerful Questions in EnergyDarrick Moe, President & CEO, Minnesota Rural Electric Association


9:30      Leading in the Connected Era – Kim Lear, Inlay Insights (


10:15    Break


10:35    Preference Power Unpacked – Deborah Sliz, President & CEO, Morgan Meguire


11:30    *EIS Short Talk: Bolton Honey and Solarwise Partnership – Greg Ridderbusch, Connexus Energy


11:45-1:00  Lunch                   


1:00      The Future of Minnesota Energy Policy – Moderated byJim Horan, MREA Director of Government Affairs and Counsel

·       Senator David Osmek, Chair of Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy

·       Rep. Marion O'Neill, Assistant Majority Leader


1:45      The Road to the Utility of the Future Runs Through Our Members – Ken Black, ESource


2:30      Break  


2:45      Trusted Energy Provider Panel: Putting Members First – Moderated by Mark Glaess, retired General Manager, MREA

·       Arkansas Electric Co-op’s Residential Solar Leasing – Duane Highley, CEO Arkansas Electric Co-ops, Inc.

·       Onsite Solar Options – Jeff Bean, Executive VP and General Manager, Western Iowa Power Co-op

·       Solar Rebate Program Syd Briggs, General Manager, Steele-Waseca Co-op Electric


4:00      Powerful Questions, Roundtables & Polling


4:30      Adjourn


5–6:30  Please join us poolside for refreshments, snacks and fellowship with neighboring cooperative directors.



EIS Day 2: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Powerful Questions in Energy


7:00      Breakfast buffet served pool side


8:00      Critical Infrastructure & Cyber Security – John Bonhage, FBI Critical Infrastructure Division


8:45      *EIS Short Talk: MiEnergy Merger – Brian Krambeer, CEO, MiEnergy


9:00      Break


9:20      EVs and Electric Co-ops – Lisa Poger and George Sharpe, Advanced Energy
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10:00    Beneficial Electrification – Ken Colburn, Principal and US Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project (


10:45    “Poles, Wires and War” – Ted Case, Executive Director, ORECA


11:30    Closing Remarks, Evaluations & Adjournment



If we continually ask powerful questions, it will help us better address the swarm of new challenges from changing member expectations and to adapting to new regulatory models to that are evolving our co-op business.



Education Program

Non-Education Program

  • Full Summit



  • Day 1 Only



  • Day 2 Only



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BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelly Inn, 100 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN  56301 




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