Webinar: "Minnesota’s Smarter Grid Report"

The Energy Systems Integration Group is hosting a no-cost webinar titled "Minnesota's Smarter Grid Report" featuring speakers from Vibrant Clean Energy and the McKnight Foundation. The webinar will be held on February 6, 2019 2:00 pm EST.

The webinar will present the key findings from Minnesota’s Smarter Grid report, which focuses on 80% decarbonization of the economy (91% decarbonization of electricity with electrification of other sectors) by 2050. The study was funded by the McKnight Foundation, managed by GridLab, and executed by Vibrant Clean Energy. Vibrant Clean Energy used its WIS:dom energy model for the entire U.S. Eastern Interconnection out to 2050, with a focus on Minnesota.

The study modeled numerous scenarios to determine optimal pathways that significantly decarbonize Minnesota’s economy. The study shows each scenario’s steps and costs for 2020, 2025, 2030, 2040 and 2050. Scenarios were dispatched at 5-minute intervals with 3-km weather data for an entire year for each period across the entire Eastern Interconnection, and implications for the entire interconnection and various decarbonization levels are also discussed.

Key takeaways that will be discussed during the webinar include:

  • electricity costs would go down, with residential rates stable or decreasing;
  • total energy costs would save typical households $600-$1200 per year; and
  • clean energy jobs would triple.

The webinar will be presented by Christopher Clack of Vibrant Clean Energy and Brendon Slotterback of the McKnight Foundation.

Click here to register and for more information.

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