German Infrastructure Impacts Minnesota Energy Thinkers

In recent years, Germany has taken many new steps in its Energiewende campaign to reliably operate on mostly renewable energy by 2050. Having the largest industrial sector in Europe, Germany is simultaneously testing many approaches to reaching this goal while learning valuable lessons, not only for them, but for the rest of the world.    

Over the past four years, a small bipartisan group of energy leaders and policymakers from Minnesota have ventured to Berlin and the surrounding area to learn about the transformation underway in Germany and share experiences with German energy and climate leaders, policy makers and innovators. The trip this June was particularly interesting as Minnesota Energy continued to dig deeper into the affect the Energiewende is having on the broader energy system, and more specifically the local change that is occurring in communities across Germany. 

If you missed the live webinar, you can click through the slides or download the recording:

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Ken Smith
Ever-Green Energy
President and CEO

Ken was named president and CEO of Ever-Green Energy in August 2010.  He is also the president and CEO of its affiliates District Energy St. Paul and District Cooling St. Paul. Prior to joining District Energy in 2006, Ken worked for over 20 years consulting, designing, and implementing energy projects globally for a variety of industries.  He is a regular contributor to conferences, studies, legislative initiatives and task forces and a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on energy trends, renewable energy, energy conservation and integrated energy systems.  Ken also chairs the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the International District Energy Association.  

Ken has led Ever-Green Energy’s planning and design initiatives with numerous U.S. communities and organizations, with the goal of creating integrated energy infrastructure.  Ken has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University and a MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He is a registered professional engineer in several states.

Betsy Engelking
Geronimo Energy
Vice President of Development

Betsy joined Geronimo Energy as Vice President in January 2012 and currently leads Geronimo's development group. Previously, Betsy was Director of Resource Planning for Xcel Energy, where she developed and implemented long-range power supply plans, including compliance with Xcel's wide-ranging renewable energy requirements. She has also held positions with Great River Energy and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. With more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Betsy's expertise in energy policy, renewable energy, resource planning, utility rates and regulation, and energy markets are invaluable to Geronimo.

Since the beginning of her career, Betsy has worked both regionally and nationally to promote the advancement of wind energy and other renewables through participation with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the National Wind Coordinating Committee (NWCC), the Great Plains Institute's Power the Plains collaborative, and through an active role in state and national policy development. Betsy holds an MBA in finance and economics from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.