MN Power Futures

How Will the Grid Change?

The electric grid is an important part of our current energy transition away from fossil fuels.  There are many technologies and perspectives to consider in the way the electric grid evolves to support the energy transition. Supported by a background of the MN electric grid and experts and tours, students took on public communication projects that explored some of these issues.

The links below will take you to a series of "GIS Story Maps." Story Maps is a  digital presentation platform that combines text, images, and other media with maps created using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping technology. This platform is used to tell powerful stories on a geographic scale and encourage viewer interaction.

These Story Maps display MN Power Futures, in which student groups explored issues of Minnesota's power future in terms of technologies and perspectives of a variety of stakeholders. We hope you enjoy exploring these projects!

Once you get to the Story Maps, you can scroll through each section to read the story, which, in many cases, is paired with interactive maps. Feel free to explore these maps by clicking on their points and other features to see more information.

Note: views and content in the story maps represent student work, and not necessarily the views nor editorial oversight of the University of Minnesota.

Links: If you find any links that don't work, please let us know.

FALL 2023 - MN Power Futures

Coming December 2023!


FALL 2022- MN Power Futures

Energy Democracy:
Co-ops as a form of local control and democratic participation

[Other 2022 links are being updated]

FALL 2021 - MN Power Futures

Future in Wind Energy in Minnesota

Chemical and Thermal Energy Storage Solutions

Urban Solar: Transforming the Twin Cities into a Solar Energy Centerpiece

Unconventional Energy Storage

Hypothetical Situations Related to Minnesota Power System

How Climate Change will Drive Tech and Policy

Exploring Nuclear Energy's Future

The Future of Microgrids in Minnesota

Fusion: A Way to New Energy

FALL 2020 - MN Power Futures

Microgrid Development: Now and in the Future

Energy Storage: The Role of Saving Energy in the Grid

Policy and Renewable Energy: incentives, investment, and infrastructure

Solar Panels in Minnesota

Distributed Generation: Attitudes and actions from utilities to consumers

FALL 2019 - MN Power Futures

SPRING 2019 - MN Power Futures

Reducing Bat Deaths from Wind Power

Grid Aesthetics

Pumped Hydroelectric Storage - The Future of Renewable Energy

Energy Storage Implementation in Minnesota

Nuclear Power: Road to Renewables

The Role of Nuclear Power in the Energy Transition

Puerto Rico Blackout  (and lessons for MN)

Yours, Mine, Ours: Ecohomes