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).

Classes in Stray Voltage Investigation for dairy producers and agricultural professionals are typically held once a year. The Advanced Stray Voltage Investigation class that was planned for November 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin has been cancelled. A new opportunity to take the class will occur in February, 2019 in Bloomington, Minnesota just prior to the Rural Energy Conference at the Embassy Suites Airport Hotel. More details on the Advanced Stray Voltage class will be forthcoming.

The MREC Rural Energy Conference will be February 13-15, 2019 in Bloomington, MN at the newly renovated Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport Hotel, (7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington,MNI, 55425).  We have an exciting line-up of speakers on topics such as 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. There will be a pre-conference workshop on crucial conversations: identifying and reducing stress. Note that the pre-conference workshop and the conference itself are two separate events with separate registrations. The link below will take you to both registrations. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Link to Register for MREC 2019 Conference and/or Workshop on Rural Energy Issues

Visit the Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport Hotel website to reserve a room. Mention the MREC conference before Jan. 17, 2019 (or until all rooms are reserved) for the discounted room rate of $159 plus 14.525% taxes. Breakfast is included in the room rate.

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.