The theme of this year’s conference is Cooperation and Innovation – highlighting the ways that our region’s utilities, developers, regulators, stakeholders, and communities have worked together for the public good.


Conference agenda

Agenda may change. Updates will be posted regularly with speakers and additional information.

Sunday, June 9

2-7 pm Registration open
5-6:30 pm Welcome reception at the Renaissance Hotel

Monday, June 10 

7:30-8:30 am  Continental breakfast 
8:30-9 am  Welcome and opening remarks 

Chair Katie Sieben, Minnesota PUC and MARC President 

9-10 am  Panel – Cooperation and Innovation: A Minnesota Perspective 
10-10:30 am  Break 
10:30-11:30 am  Breakout sessions 

  • Transmission Innovations 
  • Tales from the Demand Side 
11:30-1 pm  Lunch hosted by 2025 MARC host state – Indiana 
1-2 pm  Panel – Energy storage for grid reliability 
2-3 pm  Panel – The Future of Gas: Planning for Equity 
3-3:15 pm  Announcements 
3:15-3:45 pm  Break 
3:45-4:45 pm  Breakout sessions 

  • Advanced Meters and Data Issues 
  • IRA and IIJA Implementation 
5-6 pm  MARC Board Meeting (Commissioners Only) 
Evening  On your own 


Tuesday, June 11 

7:30-8:30 am  Continental breakfast 
8:20-8:30 am  Announcements 
8:30-9:30 am  Panel – Innovative Energy Technologies: Nuclear, Geothermal, Transmission, Hydrogen, and More 
9:30-10:30 am  Panel – The State of Inter-Regional Planning in the MARC Footprint 
10:30-11:00 am  Break 
11:00-12 pm  Breakout sessions 

  • Electric Vehicles 
  • Grid Resilience and Reliability 
12-1 pm  Lunch 
1-2 pm  Panel – Domestic Manufacturing and the Energy Workforce 
2-3 pm  Panel – Equity and Affordability 
3-3:15 pm  Announcements 
3:15-3:45 pm  Break 
3:45-4:45 pm  Breakout sessions 

  • DER, DR, and VPPs 
  • Data Centers and Load Growth 
6:40 pm  MARC outing to Minnesota Twins baseball game at Target Field 

Wednesday, June 12

7:30-8:30 am Continental breakfast
8:20-8:30 am Announcements
8:30-9:30 am Panel – The State of Regulation in the MARC Footprint: Commissioners’ Perspectives 
9:30-10 am Closing remarks
10-2 pm  

Tours, including:

  • District Energy St. Paul
  • CenterPoint Energy Hydrogen Electrolyzer Pilot
  • Xcel Energy Sherco Solar Facility
  • Xcel Energy Marshall Operations Center
  • Prairie Island Nuclear Generation Facility
  • Walking tour of downtown Minneapolis led by Minnesota Commissioner John Tuma

Additional tours and specific times to be announced – attendees will be sent an additional registration form to register for tours.

Transportation will be provided – will depart from and return to the Renaissance Hotel.

Other information

  • Conference dress code is business casual