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MnSPE Half-Day Workshop: Minnesota’s Electrical Infrastructure Today and Beyond - 4.0 PDHs
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Seminar Only (No Webinar Option)

When: 01/09/2019
8:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Great River Energy
12300 Elm Creek Boulevard
Maple Grove, Minnesota  55369
United States
Contact: 651-457-2347

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MnSPE Half-Day Winter Workshop:

Minnesota’s Electrical Infrastructure Today and Beyond –


Is renewable energy the solution or the problem?

4.0 PDHs - live seminar

Due to the workshop nature and length of this seminar, there will be no live webinar.
The program will be recorded and available online via MnSPE's on-demand webinars following the program.


Program Overview:


Our national electrical grid and infrastructure is one of the most outstanding “machines” ever built.  But it is aging rapidly, and receives a D+ rating on the American Society of Civil Engineers' report card. While Minnesota's energy report received a C rating, what does this mean for our engineering industry in Minnesota today and into the future?


Join us for this half-day interactive workshop that includes several presentations and an opportunity for a panel question & answer and discussion session. The seminar is intended to provide a well-rounded look at the current state and future direction of Minnesota's electrical infrastructure, and is intended for all engineering disciplines.


In advance of the program, attendees are invited to watch The Power of Minnesota documentary on "Our Energy. Our Community. Our Stories." as further background information for the discussion portion of the program.

Great River Energy will provide beverages and breakfast snacks in the morning. Attendees may choose to order a boxed lunch that will be delivered on a break near the end of the main presentations, prior to the Q&A panel discussion.

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2019

All registrations after 1/4 will be assessed a $50 late fee, up until Monday, January 7.
No registrations will be accepted after 1/7.
No walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Presentation Details & Presenters:

1.) Overview: Current State of Minnesota's Electrical Infrastructure - The Evolving Power Grid

This program will review background information on the original planning of the power grid, how we got to where we are today, and explore some of the new impacts on the grid as well as a future look at power transmission. Specifically, this program will cover: 

  • Existing grid discussion
  • New grid-related challenges today
  • A look at new technologies and the future of the grid


Presenter: Dave Kempf, PE, is Manager of Transmission Planning at Great River Energy.  A graduate of North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Electronics with an emphasis on power systems, David began his transmission planning career working at United Power Association that later became Great River Energy.  He has over 28 years of experience in transmission planning.


2.) Minnesota’s Energy Policy Approach - Cause and Effect

This presentation will cover the 2019 Minnesota legislative preview and consider potential energy policy issues that can affect our local engineering community. This presentation will specifically address the policy-making process and its unpredictability, and the importance of educating legislators and building coalitions, within the framework of energy policy.


Presenter: Stacey S. Fujii is the Director of Governmental Affairs for Great River Energy. In her current position, Ms. Fujii leads Great River Energy’s representation before Congress, the Minnesota state legislature and other executive agencies.  Prior to joining Great River Energy, Ms. Fujii was the Government Affairs Director for a multi-state investor-owned utility.

Ms. Fujii holds a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, as well as a Masters in Public Administration (M.A) from Hamline University.  She received a B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.




3.) A Look into the Future: Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Study – What would happen if all electricity in the region were 100% renewable?


This presentation will review the MISO Renewable Integration Impact Assessment (RIIA). The overall goal of the study is to better understand the impacts of renewable energy growth in MISO over the long term. This assessment provides technically rigorous, concrete examples of integration issues and examines potential solutions to mitigate them through evaluation in three focus areas:

  1. Resource Adequacy
  2. Energy Adequacy
  3. Operating Reliability

Presenter: Jordan Bakke is the MISO manager of policy studies, focusing on how public policy and changing economic conditions impacts energy and gas systems for the MISO footprint. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering at North Dakota State University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He has held many roles at MISO, working in resource forecasting, transmission planning and renewable integration. His current work deals with understanding the impacts of the evolving power system.



4.) Case Study – Power Supply Planning for Rochester: A 100% Renewable Energy Vision


Rochester’s existing wholesale power supply contract expires in 2030. Starting next year, we will begin the process of studying alternatives to replace that supply, including 100% renewable options and battery storage. This presentation will focus on factors to consider when looking at various supply options.


Specifically, we will review the following considerations in our discussion:

  • Capacity vs. Energy
  • Electric wholesale markets
  • Price hedges
  • What does 100% renewable mean?

Presenter: Mark Kotschevar is a 37-year employee of Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) and currently serves as the general manager.  In addition to his present position, he has also served as director of core services, manager of maintenance and construction, and several engineering positions within RPU. These positions have given him broad experiences in electric generation, transmission, distribution, water supply and its distribution, system operations and engineering. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from North Dakota State University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Winona State University.  He is a Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota.

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2019

All registrations after 1/4 will be assessed a $50 late fee, up until Monday, January 7.
No registrations will be accepted after 1/7.
No walk-in registrations will be accepted.


MnSPE members and subscribers MUST log in to see the free/reduced rates.

Attendees have the option to purchase a boxed lunch during the registration process.
No lunch orders can be accommodated after Friday, January 4.



  • FREE for current MnSPE members, Great River Energy Maple Grove employees and MnSPE Platinum Partner employees
  • MnSPE subscribers and all MnSPE Gold Partner employees: $100
  • Individual non-members: $200

*Membership and subscriptions must be current on the date of the seminar.


To the best of our knowledge, this seminar meets the requirement for continuing education as outlined by the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Land Surveying, Geoscience and Interior Design.

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