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MREC Conference 2015

53rd Annual MREC Conference and Workshop.

February 18-20, 2015

Embassy Suites Hotel, Bloomington, MN

A Workshop and Conference on Rural Energy Issues

Click here for MREC Conference Brochure

Click here to register for the conference.

Conference fees are detailed below the
Agenda and Presentations

NOTE: For information on the 2015 Stray Voltage Investigators’ Workshops, please see the pageWhat’s New and Calendar of Events

Agenda and Presentations:

Preconference workshop on Wednesday, February 18, 1:00-5:00

Advanced Topics in Stray Voltage Investigation, Paul Ortmann (Idaho Power) and Tom Seidl (We Energies)

11:30 AM Registration
12:00 Lunch
1:00-5:00 Workshop with breaks and snacks

Conference Presentations on Thursday and Friday Feb. 19-20

7:00 AM Registration
8:00 Welcome and Conference Overview, Robert Fick, Alliant Energy, MREC President

Thursday morning February 19
8:15 Iowa Stray Voltage Guidelines, Tony Harvey

10:00 Break

10:15 Standby Generation, Peak Shaving, and Tier 4 Engines, tentative topic

11:00 Robotic Milking Do’s and Don’ts, Dan Schultz, Farmer, Taylor, WI

12:00 Lunch

Thursday afternoon break out sessions
Track 1: Agricultural Energy Management on Farms
Energy Use in Swine Production, Larry Jacobson, University of Minnesota

Grain Drying and Related Issues, Mark Hanna, Iowa State University

Overview of Customer Owned Solar in WI, Mike Moore, WI Public Service Commission

A High School Science Curriculum on Digesters, Mike Moore, WI Public Service Commission

Track 2: Farm Wiring and Electrical Safety
Power Quality Recordings;How to Decipher What the Recorder is Telling You, Tom Seidl and Pete Enstrom, We Energies

Pools, Piers, and Shower Houses: Preventing Shocks and Worse, Chuck DeNardo, We Energies, and Steve Meyer, Jackson Electric

Lessons Learned from Farm Wiring Inspectors, Monte Ewing, Electrical Inspector

What do Wind Turbines do for Single Phase Distribution? Jim Thiede, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, LLC

5:30  Full Buffet Dinner and Roundtable Discussion

Posters displayed all day Thursday (author discussion during breaks):
LED Lighting Technology Updates, Scott Sanford, University of Wisconsin
Reviewing Stray Voltage Literature, Doug Reinemann, University of Wisconsin

Friday morning February 20

7:30  AM Refreshments
8:00  MREC Business Meeting, Paul Gillis, Dairyland Power Cooperative, MREC Vice President

8:15  Smart Grid and Impacts for the Rural Electric System,  Massoud Amin, University of Minnesota

9:00 Overview of Precision Dairy Technologies such as Automated Milking and Calf Feeding, Marcia Endress, University of Minnesota

10:00 Break

10:30 Economics of Corn, Beef, Feed, and How it Relates to Energy Issues, Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Extension

11:30 Adjourn

Conference fees:

The 2015 MREC Conference Early Registration fee is $345 which includes presentations, handouts, lunch Thursday, a full buffet dinner Thursday evening, snacks and breaks. After February 7 the fee is $370.

The 2015 MREC Pre Conference Workshop Early Registration fee is $195 which includes the presentation, handouts, lunch Wednesday, snacks and breaks. After February 7 the fee is $220.

The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 7901 34th Ave South, Bloomington MN 55425.  Contact 952-854-1000 or and use group code 1MR. A block of rooms has been reserved until January 28 for conference participants at the nightly rate of $149 single or double plus 14.275% taxes, with breakfast included. Be sure to mention that you are attending the MREC Rural Energy Conference to get the special rate.


Presentations from the 2014 52st Annual MREC Conference and Workshop are available in archives.