The “Renewable Electricity for Minnesota’s Future” program aims to strengthen and expand the renewable energy industry in Minnesota, while benefiting current Xcel Energy ratepayers now and in the future. The University of Minnesota, through the Institute on the Environment (IonE) will achieve this goal by supporting university - based research that could produce innovations on renewable electricity that have high potential for approaching commercial growth.
IonE conducted an environmental scan of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private companies in the renewable energy industry to identify the possible stakeholders of the project. Stakeholders from 11 organizations were selected to be on an Advisory Board for ensuring that the program initiatives lead to near-commercial development and effectively communicating information about the program's milestones to the public in general.
In the succeeding weeks, the University of Minnesota's Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) conducted the necessary legal and administrative review of the contract governing the project and on October 15, 2015, released a Notice of Grant Award to IonE, signaling the latter to formally commence project implementation.
A panel of 11 reviewers has been assembled and is reviewing the 21 proposals that were submitted. IonE anticipates that the final selection of proposals will be determined in the second quarter of 2016.
University of Minnesota's 1st annual presentation to the RDF advisory group
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