What’s New & Calendar of Events

  • 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. See the conference brochure here. 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 IssuesVisit 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.
  • A class in Advanced Stray Voltage Investigation will be offered February 12-13, 2019 in Bloomington Minnesota. You can register for the Advanced Stray Voltage Investigation class here. 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 you will learn, who the instructors are, and fees. In 2019, the Midwest Rural Energy Conference will occur Thursday and Friday February 14-15 in Bloomington MN, and a pre-conference workshop will be held Wednesday afternoon February 13 on the topic of Crucial Conversations: Identifying and Reducing Stress. Just prior to this, on Tuesday February 12 and Wednesday morning February 13, is when the Advanced Stray Voltage Investigation class will be offered. You can attend the Stray Voltage class,  and the pre-conference workshop on Crucial Conversations, and the Rural Energy conference all in the same week.  All of these events will occur at the Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport Hotel  (7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington,MNI, 55425). Classes in Stray Voltage Investigation for dairy producers and agricultural professionals are typically held once a year.
  • Classes in Introduction to Stray Voltage, and Stray Voltage Testing were held June 5-7, 2018 in Arlington Wisconsin. See the 2018 SV intro and intermediate class brochure here. In 2018, there also was an Advanced Stray Voltage Investigation class held February 14 as a pre-conference workshop given before the MREC Annual Rural Energy Conference.
  • 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.