Legislative Conference—VIRTUAL

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Legislative Conference—VIRTUAL

Legislative Conference—VIRTUAL

Date: February 8-9, 2022
  • Day 1: Feb 8, 2022 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
  • Day 2: Feb 9, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual
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The 2022 Legislative Session promises to be an exciting time at the State Capitol. Distributing billions of dollars of federal funding, drafting, and voting on a State bonding bill that already has in excess of $5 billion worth of requests, and completing issues carried forward from 2021 are just some of the important matters with which the legislature will be dealing.

MMUA’s Legislative Conference provides an important opportunity for MMUA's members to remind legislators of the important role municipal utilities play across the State and the issues important to them and their customers.

On day one of the conference, we will:

  • hear about the Governor's legislative and administrative priorities surrounding energy (hopefully directly from the Governor);
  • hear from the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over energy issues;
  • be briefed by MMUA staff and our partners at McGrann Shea Carnival on key issues.

Day two will feature a half-day of timely updates and educational lectures.

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, February 8

9:15 am  Welcome

9:30 am  Governor's Clean Energy Agenda, Governor Tim Walz (invited)

10:30 am  Legislative Panel, Senator David Senjem (invited) and Rep. Jamie Long (invited)

11:15 am  The 2022 Legislative SessionWhere We Are and Where We Want to Be:

  • General Overview of 2022 Legislative Session, Doug Carnival, McGrann Shea Carnival
  • Summary of Bills of Interest to MMUAKent Sulem and Bill Black, MMUA

12:00 pm  End of Day 1 Program—Members are encouraged to seek a phone call or Zoom meeting with their legislators sometime during the rest of the day to discuss MMUA's legislative agenda.

Wednesday, February 9

9:00 am  Feedback from Phone Calls and Zoom Meetings with Legislators
Members share comments from their afternoon meetings. Identifying supporters of MMUA efforts, as well as reasons why a legislator will not support an MMUA objective or supports an issue of concern to MMUA is particularly helpful. 

9:30 am  Updates from State DER:

  • Cold Weather Rule Changes—How are things working so far? DER Staff
  • Fuel Switching Under ECO—How and how much? DER Staff and Bob Jagusch, MMUA
  • Other

10:30 am  Updates on the Other DER—MMUA's Efforts to Assist Municipal Utilities Comply with the State's Inter-connection Requirements for Distributed Energy Resources, Bill Black, MMUA
Hear what MMUA's Municipal DER Work Group advises regarding revisions to MMUA's 2018 rules and 2019 process templates for interconnecting distributed energy resources.

11:15 am  Cybersecurity, Ransomware and Municipal Utilities
A panel of experts will share their experiences with ransomware attacks already launched at municipal utilities in Minnesota. What to do if you are subject to a cybersecurity/ransomware attack. What you should be looking and preparing for. And what you can / should be doing now to lower your risks.

12:00 pm  Conference Adjourns

Links to connect will be sent out prior to the virtual event.


No charge for MMUA members. Those who registered for the in-person event have automatically been moved to the virtual conference.


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 rkelly@mmua.org or phone 763.746.0707.