What’s New & Calendar of Events

  • 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.
  • Credit for Professional Training:

    • If you participated in an educational opportunity hosted by the Midwest Rural Energy Council and would like information on how to document instructional hours for professional training credit, click here.  You can get documentation for participation in the MREC Annual Conference or the Stray Voltage Investigator’s Training held in May in Wisconsin.


Archives of the brochures and presentations from previous annual  MREC conferences can be found here.