Solar On The Retail Rooftop & Minnesota's Energy Policy
For many retailers, a major cost of doing business--other than labor, rent and inventory--is energy. The vast majority of energy policy is done at the state level, and most states have a highly regulated industry, with Minnesota being one of the most regulated states in the nation.
Minnesota is facing a massive restructuring in our energy generation marketplace. A significant percentage of our energy generation (coal plants, nuclear plants and some natural gas) is scheduled to be retired in the next ten years. The cost and rate structure of the generation that replaces these facilities will fall on commercial customers--especially retail.
However, recent technological advances in “new energy” (renewables, storage and efficiency) solutions are changing the energy marketplace forever. In many states, the retail community has a strong voice in crafting policy that leads to more competition and choice, more clean energy, and lower costs.
Join MnRA for a discussion facilitated by representatives of the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum (www.mncef.com). Its President Mike Franklin and Leadership Council Member Chris Villarreal will:
- walk us through an analysis of the marketplace;
- discuss model policies being developed to address today's changing energy infrastructure;
- and explore related opportunities for retailers in Minnesota.
This event is open to members and invited non-members.
Dial-in option available. Indicate dial-in preference when registering.