Grid Resilience

Event Description

Parking is free and allowed in the Mitchell Hamline parking lot and in the nearby Grotto lot. A map can be found here.


*Please note that parking is limited within the Mitchell Hamline parking lot.


Deadline to Register:  Monday, April 23, 2018


Schedule: A lunch buffet will be served at 12:00 Noon. Pre-registration is required. The program begins at 12:45 PM. Reception and light refreshments following the program.



Please join the MSBA Public Utilities Law Section and Mitchell Hamline School of Law as our speakers address the unofficial buzz-phrase of 2018 - "Grid Resilience." Recent extreme weather events, continuing examination of our distribution and transmission infrastructure, and evaluation of various solutions on the customers’ side of the meter, have launched resilience of the electric grid into the forefront of the minds of industry experts and legal practitioners. Come to hear experts discuss what have been dubbed as the four pillars of improving our nation’s grid resilience - smartening the grid, hardening the grid, distributing generation, and building resilience on demand.   

Keynote Speaker:

Arshad Mansoor, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Arshad Mansoor is Senior Vice President of the Research and Development for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with executive responsibility for EPRI’s portfolio of research, development and demonstration programs, spanning renewable, fossil, and nuclear generation; power delivery and utilization; and the environment. Previously he served as Vice President of EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization sector where he led research, development, demonstration, and application of transmission and distribution and energy utilization technologies, grid resiliency and customer solutions.
Mansoor has a strong technical background in power systems engineering, with 20 years of experience in consulting and R&D related to the electricity industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Master of Science (1992) and doctorate (1994) in electrical engineering focusing on power systems engineering from the University of Texas in Austin. He has completed the MIT Reactor Technology Course and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He holds five U.S. patents in distributed energy resources.
He has published numerous papers in journals and conference proceedings on all aspects of power system engineering and economics, has been cited and quoted extensively as an expert in power systems by national media, and has given numerous talks as a panelist in technical forums worldwide.

First Panel:

Our first panel is comprised of industry experts familiar with the deployment of smart grid technologies and solutions for hardening the grid and ensuring grid reliability in the face of extreme weather events.  This panel will be moderated by Daniel Lipschultz, Vice-Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

• Ellen Anderson : Executive Director; University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab
• Daniel Lysaker : Senior Grid Modernization Engineer; Xcel Energy
• Tim Sullivan : Manager of Electric Standards & Materials; CenterPoint Energy

Second Panel:

Our second panel is comprised of industry experts familiar with programs to facilitate growth in distributed generation and keys to expanding incorporation of demand-side management programs.  This panel will be moderated by Andrew P. Moratzka , partner at Stoel Rives LLP.

• Michael Riewer : Manager of Special Projects; Otter Tail Power Company
Jukka Kukkonen: Electric Vehicle Consultant. Fresh Energy
• Jeremy Bertsch : Ventures Technology Leader; Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend, LLC 

CLE Credits:

3.0 Standard CLE credits approved | Event Code: 255887

Remote Participation:

Teleconferencing/webcasting are not available.


MSBA members and non-members: $10

Law students: Free

Join the Public Utilities Law Section:  $32.00  MSBA members who are not members of the Public Utilities Law Section can join the section & attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Tram Nguyento register for this meeting at no charge.

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If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify Tram Nguyen at 612-278-6316 or Tram Nguyen.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations at this event.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

12:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Auditorium / Mitchell Hamline School of Law Saint Paul, MN United States