Legislative Conference — CANCELLED

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Legislative Conference — CANCELLED

Legislative Conference — CANCELLED

Date: March 31 - April 1, 2020
  • Day 1: Mar 31, 2020 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Day 2: Apr 1, 2020 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 411 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
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THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED following the State of Minnesota's strategies in response to COVID-19.


MMUA’s Legislative Conference is an effective opportunity to inform and influence state lawmakers on key issues to municipal utilities. 

The 2020 conference convenes with a welcome and overview from Governor Walz or a member of the administration on the new Sub-Cabinet on Climate. Then MMUA’s lobbying team will summarize the legislative session to date and provide a briefing on the issues. After lunch, members will visit legislative offices (appointments to be scheduled by members). Day one wraps-up with a legislative reception at our host hotel, the DoubleTree in downtown St. Paul. Be sure to encourage legislators to attend.

Day two features a half-day of presentations on issues ranging from clean water to MISO’s study on the increased use of renewables.

The linked information will walk you through conference registration and how to book a room at the Doubletree. 

Who Should Attend

  • Public power staff and leaders
  • Mayors, city council and board members
  • Others who want to get involved and advocate for public power

Tentative Schedule *

Tuesday, March 31

8:30 am  Registration

9:30 am  Welcome

9:45 am  Overview of Sub-Cabinet on Climate, Governor Tim Walz (invited)

10:45 am  The 2020 Legislative Session — Where We Are and Where We Want to Be
General Overview of 2020 Legislative Session, Doug Carnival, McGrann Shea Carnival
Summary of Bills of Interest to MMUA, Kent Sulem & Bill Black, MMUA

11:30 am  Lunch Served

12:00-7:45 pm  Shuttle Service to/from Capitol Complex
To see a complete schedule for the shuttle service, click here.

1:00-4:30 pm  Meet with Legislators  **

4:30-7:00 pm  Legislative Reception (at hotel's Grand Atrium)
Invite your legislators to join us! A shuttle service will be provided for them as well.

**Contact Bill Black at MMUA if you need assistance scheduling your appointments. Email bblack@mmua.org or call 651.398.2098.

Wednesday, April 1

8:30 am  Feedback from Legislative Visits

9:00 am  Getting to Know the Clean Water Council, Paul Gardner, CWC Administrator

9:30 am  MISO's Renewable Integration Impact Assessment, Jordan Bakke, MISO Policy Studies Manager

10:45 am  Getting a Charge Out of Electric Vehicles

  • EVs and Fuels Switching Studies, Anthony Fryer, Minnesota CIP Coordinator (invited)
  • Impact of California Clean Air Standards, To be determined
  • Who is Doing What? A panel discussion on efforts occurring in the world of Public Power to prepare for and take the lead on the expanding use of electric vehicles. To be determined

11:30 am  When In Doubt, Study — Update on Studies and Working Groups, MMUA Staff

  • Gopher State One Call, Bill Black
  • Diversity Work Group Report, Kent Sulem
  • Energy Storage Report, Bob Jagusch
  • Other

Noon  Conference Adjourns

* Schedule subject to change without notice.


Registration fee:  $230 per person 
Fee will increase $50 on March 10. Deadline to register is March 17.
Fee includes: conference materials, refreshment breaks, Tuesday lunch, reception and bus transportation.

Hotel Information

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown
411 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101

Reservations can be made online using our special link. You can also call the hotel directly at 651.291.8800 with group code 003 (MMUA Legislative Conference) to get our group rate. MMUA’s standard room rate is $139 per night plus tax for single or double occupancy. Check-in is 3:00 pm. Check-out is 12:00 pm.

Cut-Off Date
Cut-off date is March 3, 2020 — or when the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. Reservation requests received after this date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.


Bus transportation will be provided for your visits to the Capitol. The bus will take attendees from the hotel to the Capitol starting at 12:00 pm and later back to the hotel.


We do not include meals for spouses/guests at this meeting, but we do encourage them to come along and enjoy area attractions. Contact Rita Kelly if you would like to arrange for an extra meal or to attend the evening reception.

Special Dietary Requests

Special dietary needs can be arranged by emailing Rita Kelly or calling 763.746.0707.


MMUA charges a $30 per person processing fee for registrations cancelled by March 17, 2020. MMUA must be notified by 4:30 pm on March 17 to qualify.


By registering for this event attendees authorize Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to photograph them at this event and use such photographs in MMUA marketing materials (both electronic and print). Attendees understand that they will not be paid for giving this consent.


Contact Rita Kelly by email or phone 763.746.0707.

printable conference brochure is also available. 

Photo: Capitol at Dusk. Copyright Minnesota House of Representatives. Reprinted with permission.