December 2020 Print


This year we have a short survey to represent our 2021 board elections. We also are interested in your feedback on educational content next year. The survey should take under 5 minutes. Please cast your vote HERE


2021 President Emeritus - Jill Eide, Great River Energy

2021 Board Elections:

  • President - Peter Gephart, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Vice President - Paul Pagel, Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
  • Secretary - Ben Heimall, Energy Insight Inc. 
  • Treasurer - Greg Shane, Minnesota RETAP

We also have creasted two new roles to help fill out our Board of Govenors:

  • Member Engagement & Education - Matt Haakenstad, World Kinect Energy Services
  • CWEEL Liaison - Michelle Gage, Minnesota Technical Assistance Program

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Calendar of Events

Virtual Tour of the Eolos Wind Energy Research Station, University of Minnesota

January 14, 2021
12:00 PM CST

The Eolos Wind Energy Research Field Station is located at UMore Park, a 5,000-acre University of MInnesota-owned property in Dakota County (approximately 20 miles southeast of the Twin Cities campus). Eighty acres of UMore Park have been dedicated to the research station, which includes a 2.5 MW Clipper Liberty wind turbine and 130m (426 ft) tall meteorological tower. Maintained and operated by the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) at the University of Minnesota, this site hosts not only active research, but also education and training of the next generation of wind industry personnel.

SAFL Associate Engineer Christopher Milliren will lead a virtual tour of Eolos, discussing the diverse research projects enabled by this unique research wind turbine, including concrete foundation lifespan and stress loads, to preventing eagles from colliding with wind turbines.

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Speaker: Christopher Milliren

SAFL Associate Engineer @St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Christopher Milliren (Civil Engineering '11), an associate engineer at SAFL, has been involved with the Eolos Wind Energy Research Station since its inception. As an undergraduate student, Milliren assisted with the procurement and construction of Eolos, acting as SAFL's on-site representative overseeing the project. After graduation, Milliren joined SAFL full-time as the lead engineer handling daily research tasks and maintenance projects related to Eolos.

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