Future Events

MGA-OMS 12th Annual Transmission Summit

November 1-3 - Virtual Meeting

MGA’s Annual Transmission Summit will cover several key Transmission topics, including weatherization and cold weather operations, interregional transmission, and advanced transmission technologies

Past Events

2022

MGA MID-GRID 2035 - U.S. DOE Grid Deployment Office Update

October 18 @ 10 am CDT - Webinar

The MGA will be joined by Whitney Muse, Chief of Staff, Grid Deployment Office, U.S. Department of Energy to discuss structural changes at DOE, including the formation of the Grid Deployment Office (GDO). Attendees will learn about the mission of the GDO, its programs and initiatives, and the offices role in federal legislation include BIL, CHIP, and IRA

MGA MID-GRID 2035 - Converter Stations

October 4 @ 10 am CDT - Webinar

The MGA will host Roger Rosenqvist, Vice President of Business Development for Hitachi Energy’s HVDC Division in North America for a webinar about converter stations. High-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission technology has not been deployed widely in the Midwest, compared to alternating current (AC) transmission. This is in part because the equipment needed to manage a DC grid, and to connect the DC and AC grids, has been prohibitively expensive. Today, HVDC technology is gaining traction around the world as power system are modernized and decarbonized. Technological improvements and cost declines in DC-AC converter stations have helped spur deployment. During this webinar, participants will hear from one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of converter stations on the capabilities these assets can offer and how those capabilities can address emerging reliability needs and be part of an optimized transmission grid that meets the MID GRID 2035 vision.

MGA MID-GRID 2035 - FERC Update Webinar

September 20 @ 10 am CDT - Virtual Meeting

Liz Salerno, Lead, Transmission and Technology Initiatives for Chairman Glick, FERC provided an update on Transmission related topics at FERC. Since we heard from Chairman Glick at last year’s MGA-OMS Transmission Summit, the FERC-NARUC task force has meet multiple times, FERC’s transmission planning NOPR has received comments from stakeholders, and FERC has issues even more proposed rules related to transmission planning and interconnection, just to name of few of the things that FERC has going on that is impacting transmission.

MGA MID-GRID 2035 - Advanced Conductor Webinar

August 23 @ 10 am CDT - Virtual Meeting

David Townley, Director of Public Policy at CTC Global will present on their work with advanced conductors. CTC Global is a pioneering manufacturer of advanced transmission conductors. CTC’s innovative design enables more power to flow through existing transmission corridors, delivering more efficient and reliable energy to customers than conventional wires do today. MGA participants will have the opportunity to discuss the benefits of advanced conductors, barriers to their broad implementation, and opportunities for states and utilities to explore their use in the Midwest.

MID-GRID 2035 Workshop -
Generation Fleet Change Pathways and Cost Implications

April 20 @ 8:50 am CDT - Virtual Meeting

MID-GRID 2035 participants will join a discussion of technological and regulatory approaches for maximizing benefits of transmission development for landowners and local communities. Discussion could include opportunities for conducting outreach to engage stakeholders upstream in the process—early and often—especially with groups that have often not been adequately represented in past decisions, including rural residents, communities of color, and sovereign Tribal Nations. Participants will also discuss opportunities for unlocking co-benefits via transmission infrastructure deployment and how transmission planning and siting process can be structured to minimize conflict and broadly support beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders.

2021

MID-GRID 2035 Workshop -
Generation Fleet Change Pathways and Cost Implications

February 23, 2021 - Virtual

Meeting participants will hear from some of the nation’s leading experts on the pathways these changes present in terms of total system cost. As each state and utility makes its own choices around generation resource types and location, there are regional implications for reliability and cost. Presenters will discuss their research findings on potential pathways to a low-carbon energy system, the of various technologies including distributed energy resources, carbon capture and storage, and the transmission system. Presenters will also highlight opportunities for meaningful collaboration amongst Midwestern states with an eye toward a reliable, affordable system that enables various policy goals.

Preparing Midwestern Communities for Power Plant Closures - Kick-Off

January 13 - Virtual Meeting

This event to start Gov. Walz’s Chair’s Agenda that focuses on preparing Midwestern communities for power plant closures.

2020

Optimizing Grid Technologies

November 16, 17, & 18, 2020 - Virtual Meeting

The 10th Annual Transmission Summit focused on how advanced technology is providing new pathways to optimize and unleash the potential of the Midwestern electric grid. Speakers and panelists discussed how this technology will impact planning and operating the system.

MID-GRID 2035 Workshop - Corporate Buyers Perspective

April 20, 2020 - Virtual

A growing number of corporations are setting goals for renewable energy and carbon reduction in their operations and supply chains. In tandem, the nature of these goals is evolving to include “additionality” requirements and sophisticated operational approaches to match load to renewable generation output. Participants heard from a number of companies and industry groups at the center to these trends to gain a deeper understanding of what these corporate customers endeavor to accomplish, how utilities are responding to these customers’ needs and the implications for the region’s electricity system.

MID-GRID 2035- Phase 2 Kick-Off

April 20, 2020 - Virtual Meeting

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.

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.