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1 Minnesota Energy Center MN Renewable Energy Roundtable October 24, 2013 Bruce Peterson Director 320-308-6639 1

2 The Minnesota Energy Center was established in 2013 to support energy-related programs in the State to meet current and future workforce needs Minnesota Energy Consortium MnEC Partner Institutions MnEC Leadership Team 2 Minnesota West Community and Technical College Fiscal Lead Bruce Peterson Director St. Cloud Technical and Community College

3 2013 accomplishments to date… Improve connections for businesses to communicate their need for prepared college and university graduates; MN Energy Consortium Strategic Planning Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund Coordinate business and higher education collaboration to support educational opportunities for K-12 students to learn more about industry; 2014 Concurrent enrollment project Assess and develop industry (career) pathways to increase student program completion and program efficiencies; and, Energy Technical Specialist consortium degree Revise curriculum and programs to address the occupational-specific and non-technical MnSCU Institution survey 3

4 As we look forward to the year ahead, our priorities have been identified 4 Minnesota Energy Consortium (MEC) Minnesota Energy Center (MnEC) Improving the pipeline for technical experts to teach energy curricula Kyle Ault, ALLETE Qualified workforce Peter Wasburg, Ottertail Power Andy Zieglmeier, SCTCC Career awareness and creating a diverse pipeline Malinda Mehrhoff, Dakota Electric Assoc. Nancy Juntunen, Great River Energy Initiate the Xcel Energy RDF grant program Provide support to the MEC K-12 career awareness and outreach Analysis of ETS curriculum Assessment of MnSCU programs and resource Creation of resource website

5 To recap highlights of the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund opportunity Proposals were considered for various-sized projects in three categories: Energy Production, Research and Development which includes a new initiative for renewable electric energy delivery projects, and Research Funding for Minnesota higher education institutions* MnEC submitted a block grant application for $5.5 million Anoka-Ramsey Community College submitted a R&D application for $828,900: Research Coordinated Solar PV Demonstration Project 5 $30 million $10 million *Change in RDF based on 2012 Legislation (S.F. 2181)

6 Thank you for everyone’s patience RFP Phase Evaluation & Public Comment Phase 6 Xcel Energy filed intent with MPUC 11/29/12 RFP released 2/15/13 Proposals due 4/1/13 Initial WebEx with Xcel Energy 7/16/12 1 st public comment deadline 9/27/13 2 nd public comment deadline 10/11/13 3 rd public comment deadline 12/12/13 Recommendations submitted to MPUC 7/29/13

7 The good news is that we made the cut! The RDF advisory group strongly supported providing a $4.5 million block grant for the MnSCU proposal. The RDF advisory group believes the proposal has the potential for the development of a coordinated and well-managed program to solicit research projects that are relevant to Minnesota and also the ability to have the research incorporated into a jobs training program. The statewide aspect is very attractive and the proposal anticipates beneficial partnerships/linkages between academics, industry, agriculture, existing workforce specialists, students currently enrolled in workforce training programs, and local community stakeholders. The program also allows researchers at smaller campuses to compete for funds. Although the RDF advisory group recommended a $4.5 million block grant award to MnSCU, the Company is proposing Commission approval of MnSCU’s request for $5.5 million. The RDF advisory group and the Company are proposing RDF grants awards for EP and R&D projects in the full amount requested by the applicants, and propose to do the same for MnSCU. The Company believes MnSCU’s proposal is exemplary and their grant request should also be fully funded. If the Commission approves a grant award for MnSCU, we will then enter into a RDF grant contract with the institution and submit it to the Department of Commerce for review and approval. 7 Source: Xcel Energy RDF Selection Report

8 In addition the Anoka-Ramsey project also made the cut! Project Goal: To demonstrate three types of solar energy deployment which will be a living, hands-on laboratory for research and skills development. Project Description: ARCC will be installing two photovoltaic (PV) arrays, a unique ground-mount array and a roof-mounted array on its Training Center, as well as a solar electric vehicle (EV) charging station that is integrated with a carport outside its main administrative building. The solar arrays and the EV charging station will be monitored for performance data and will also be hands-on laboratories integrated with solar energy related coursework and energy research activities at ARCC. Installed Capacity: 458.38 kW Contact: Jon Olson, 8 Source: Xcel Energy RDF Selection Report

9 We anticipate the next steps for the MnSCU block grant are: ActivityDeadline MPUC issues decisions selection reportJanuary 2014 Info WebEx open to all MnSCUMid-January 2014 MnSCU Block Grant team reassemblesMid-January 2014 Grant Contract Negotiation CompleteFebruary 15, 2014 MnSCU First Round sub grant RFP issued (call for proposals – award) March 1-April 30, 2014 MnSCU Second Round sub grant RFP issued (call for proposals – award) July 1-August 31, 2014 Grant endsQ4, 2016 9 Goal is to fund up to 14 projects with a maximum request of $275,000 (+ 15% indirect costs)

10 Next steps for the Minnesota Energy Center MnEC Partnership Agreement finalized and signed MnEC Leadership team finalized MnEC committees and project teams identified and activities begin Xcel Energy RDF grant program begins 10 Contact Bruce Contact Jaime To follow the RDF activity:, select “Search eDockets” Enter the year (12) and the docket number (1278)

11 Contact Information Bruce Peterson Executive Dean for Academic Initiatives St Cloud Technical and Community College 320-308-6639

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