Midwest Rural Energy Council


The Midwest Rural Energy Council is a membership organization whose mission is to support outreach, education and research on rural energy issues for the benefit of:

  • farms and other rural energy consumers,
  • rural energy suppliers,
  • farm organizations and agricultural trade associations,
  • electrical equipment and allied industries,
  • government regulatory agencies.

Our annual conference occurs in February, see more below. Follow the links above or to the right to find out more about the MREC, MREC publications, announcements and other educational programs and information on a variety of rural energy issues. Here is a promotional flier about MREC (half a page, front and back).

  • The MREC Rural Energy Conference was held February 13-15, 2019 in Bloomington, MN at the newly renovated Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport Hotel, (7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington,MNI, 55425).  The speakers’ topics included drones and how they are used by utilities and in agriculture, rural residential generators, engineer ethics, robotics on large dairy farms, electric vehicles and the infrastructure for fast charging, veterinarian perspectives on emerging dairy animal health issues, on-farm energy audits, and the Beneficial Electrification League. The pre-conference workshop was on crucial conversations: identifying and reducing stress. See the conference brochure here.
  • A class in Advanced Stray Voltage Investigation was offered February 12-13, 2019 in Bloomington Minnesota. Stray Voltage Investigator’s Classes were developed by the University of Wisconsin, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Here is a brochure about the class including details about what was taught, who the instructors were, and fees. Classes in Stray Voltage Investigation for dairy producers and agricultural professionals are typically help once a year.
  • Classes in Introduction to Stray Voltage, and Stray Voltage Testing are planned for May 14-16, 2019 in Arlington, Wisconsin. Although the 2019 brochure is not yet available, you can review last year’s brochure to get an idea of what the course will cover. See the 2018 SV intro and intermediate class brochure here.

Archives of previous conference brochures and conference presentations are here.

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We would like to hear from you! For more information about the MREC, contact the secretary at mrec@uwex.edu. Also, if you have comments or problems with the website please send us an email.