Upcoming Events

The MGA provides a forum for the exchange of information by sponsoring periodic meetings and regularly producing publications that keep the governors and their staffs in touch with news from our region and the nation’s capital. Annual meetings of the governors were first held in 1962, and since then the MGA has also organized special summits and regional round tables devoted to issues impacting the Midwest.

MID-GRID- Phase 2 Kick-Off Meeting

April 20, 2020 - Virtual

To launch Phase 2 of the MID-GRID 2035 initiative, state participants will be joined by additional stakeholders to discuss their collective goals and objectives as they relate to the electric grid of the future. States will discuss work completed to date as part of the initiative and invite stakeholders to share their perspectives on long-term needs and identify additional relevant issues for achieving the MID-GRID 2035 Vision.

Past Events

2019

New Transmission-Cost Causation & Beneficiary Analysis

November 5-6, 2019 - St. Louis, Missouri

To build upon the region’s successes and the MGA’s past efforts on transmission, this meeting brought together a group of state policymakers, utility regulators, industry representatives, NGOs, and academic experts from around the country to participate in substantive, challenging and thought-provoking conversations on the age-old question of how to determine cost causation and beneficiaries of new transmission. In the highly dynamic and technolog-ically evolving electric industry, two key subjects continue to be transmission planning and development as well as the applicable cost allocation and rate recovery design. 

Grid Security & Modernization Meeting

June 13-14, 2019 - Chicago, Illinois

This meeting highlighted key themes including grid security, privacy and data access issues the industry is facing today and how they are expected to evolve in the future. Additional topics to be discussed include emerging investment needs for the Bulk Power System and the confluence of regional policy priorities, and how the industry has confronted extreme weather events that have affected parts of the region over the past year.

2018

Midwestern Grid Vision: Challenges Of Integrating Grid Scale Wind, Solar and New Technologies

November 28-29, 2018 - Des Moines, IA

The Midwest has made steady progress in planning for the transmission needs of the future. Midwestern governors have been actively engaged in this process to ensure collaboration and progress among the many regional stakeholders. To build upon the region’s successes and the MGA’s past efforts on transmission, this meeting focused on the challenges of integrating grid scale wind, solar and new technologies into the Midwestern grid.

Grid Security and Modernization Phase II Meeting 2

October 17-18, 2018 - St. Louis, Missouri

The MGA hopes for a rich discussion of not only what is happening in grid modernization in the Midwest, but also what should states and stakeholders be on the lookout for, as technology, customer choice and changing electricity demand continue to disrupt the traditional framework of our electric distribution system.

The Smartland: Prepared, Agile and Empowered for the Future Summit

September 19-20, 2018 - Columbus, Ohio

This summit served as a capstone event and highlight what makes the Midwest great—the ways we are adapting education and workforce training, infrastructure, energy and quality of life assets to navigate and emerge stronger from the coming wave of disruption that emerging technologies will inevitably bring.

Grid Security and Modernization Phase II Meeting 1

April 11-12 - St. Paul, Minnesota

The goal of the project is to help states better understand the issues surrounding the fast-changing nature of the electric sector including pressures on the existing business utility model as more distributed generation and customer choice impact the traditional model. 

Maximizing the Economic Potential of Midwestern Forests

February 21-22 - Madison, Wisconsin

As part of Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda as MGA chair, the MGA will focus on promoting the economic, recreational, and tourism benefits of the regions’ forests.

2017

Grid Security and Modernization: Grid Hardening

October 30-31 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

An important component of securing and modernizing the grid is a “fix it first” approach. The MGA hosted its seventh annual conference, which provided an opportunity to learn how the Midwest is safeguarding and improving the region’s electric grid. Topics covered at this meeting included disaster preparedness, micro grids, distributed generation, and cybersecurity.

Maximizing Bioenergy Resources in the Midwest

October 11-12 - Iowa City, Iowa

The meeting will take place in Iowa City, Iowa and will be a combination of selected high-level speakers and attendee discussion to synthesize lessons learned. We are tentatively planning 2 biomass related tours.

Grid Modernization: Energy Storage

June 13-14 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Advances in energy storage are leading to rapidly growing opportunities for Midwestern states. Participants in this series learned about how battery energy storage is applied to the electric grid across the country, energy storage project development, and how regulatory frame-works are evolving to ensure the Midwest can utilize energy storage to create a more reliable and modern grid. 

Grid Modernization: Integrating Solar Energy

March 15-16 - St. Paul, Minnesota

Solar is evolving quickly in Midwestern states, with regulators and policy-makers taking different approaches to fostering or integrating solar development. Distributed solar and utility-scale solar are both elements of the modern grid, but with substantially different markets, distinct risks and opportunities, and technological synergies. 

2016

Grid Modernization: Understanding Technology Advancements​

October 5-6 - Columbus, Ohio

The Midwestern Governors Association held its sixth annual invite-only transmission meeting in Columbus, Ohio on October 5-6, 2016.

The sixth annual transmission conference provided an opportunity to learn how recent technology advancements can help utilities and state and federal regulators meet future energy goals and examine the regulatory challenges.

New Utility Business Model

July 13-14 - St. Paul, Minnesota

The MGA organized a project for the staffs of public utility commissions and other elected and appointed officials in Midwestern states to discuss the changing nature of the electric utility business model, as more distributed generation and customer choice impact the traditional business model.

Truck Driver Shortage

May 24-25 - Indianapolis, Indiana

A shortage of truck drivers is a rapidly growing problem in MGA states. Nearly 70 percent of freight moved in the U.S. goes by truck, particularly in the manufacturing heavy Midwest. The trucker shortage is estimated to be at least 48,000 drivers nationwide, and will grow to about 175,000 drivers by 2024. In 2016 the MGA will focus on the truck driver shortage in the Midwest as part of the America’s Smartland Discussion Series.

Midwestern Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit: Promoting and Expanding Industrial Energy Efficiency​

February 24 - Chicago, Illinois

This summit featured two speaker panels that provided attendees with information about industrial energy productivity (IEP) projects in the Midwest. The first panel highlighted their approaches to implementing efficiency in terms of the decision-making process and as a company priority and the specific roles of corporate and individual plants in efficiency implementation.

2015

Federalism and the Grid: Federal and State Collaboration to Ensure a Reliable Electricity Grid

September 30 - October 1 - Washington, DC

The MGA held its fifth annual transmission meeting in Washington, DC on September 30 and October 1 on the theme of Federalism and the Grid.

The Midwest has made steady progress in planning for the transmission needs of the future. Midwestern governors have been actively engaged in this process to ensure collaboration among the many regional stakeholders. To build upon the region’s successes and the MGA’s past efforts on transmission, this meeting focused on federal and state collaboration needed to ensure a reliable electric grid.

Exploring Poverty Reduction Strategies and Advancement Opportunities in the Midwest

September 22-23 - Kansas City, KS

The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) will be holding a regional poverty summit in Kansas City. The summit, Exploring Poverty Reduction Strategies and Advancement Opportunities in the Midwest, will bring together an array of stakeholders from governors’ offices, state agencies, non-profits and other sectors who are leading efforts to reduce poverty and expand opportunities in the Midwest.

Midwestern Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit: Capitalizing on Opportunity

January 28 - Chicago, Illinois

This summit featured two speaker panels that provided attendees with information about industrial energy productivity (IEP) projects in the Midwest. The first panel highlighted the results of work underway with the assistance of DOE competitive grants.

The second panel highlighted their experience with moving efficiency projects through their company’s internal decision-making process.