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When and where does the MREC meet?
What does the MREC do?
The MREC is a 50+ year partnership between Rural Electric Power Suppliers and Land Grant Universities in the upper Midwest. Its mission is to support outreach, education and research on rural energy issues for the benefit of:
The MREC’s members are involved in Energy Distribution, Energy Efficiency, Energy Generation (both small and large scale), Energy Education and other energy issues of interest to rural energy suppliers and consumers. Our members include:
The MREC’s primary function is to share best known practices between industry, academia, government, utilities and individuals. To aid in this goal, the MREC uses three primary means to share information and communicate with its members:
We have designed our web site to be ‘3 clicks’ away from the information you need on rural energy issues. Our Navigation bar includes links to important topics including:
When you have selected which area of the website you want to view from the navigation links, they are displayed in the body section which is circled to the left. This is where you can find information like:
The What's New area of the website contains important upcoming dates, conference notifications and links to information presented at past events. Using this page, it is easy to get an “at a glance” look at both how far we have come and where we are headed!
The About the MREC area of the website is where you can find out logistic information about the group. This area is important as it explains how the Council is structured, contact information for the officers, executive committee and board members, as well as how to become a member.
One of the most important ways the MREC interacts with its members is by hosting an annual conference. In addition to key notes and speakers on a variety of key topics, there are also breakout sessions for more in-depth discussion of concepts. The MREC’s annual conference is an excellent way to keep current with the latest technology, share best practices and network with your fellow members. Some of our past conference topics have included:
More information on the 46th, 2008 annual conference to come!
Some key topics from past years included:
Be sure to sign up for a reminder on the website!
Thissection houses the many publications released by the MREC. The articles and information sheets are available for download directly from the site but are available in paper form for a small fee. Some of the most recent article topics cover:
Electrical Safety is Important to All of Us
high quality power includes:
oriented toward the dairy
farmer; however, most of
the information provided
is applicable to all livestock
waterers and mechanical-feed bunks.
In addition to published articles, the MREC also produces short information sheets which give a brief overview of a specific subject. Some of the topics include:
agriculture has grown steadily due to
use of confinement housing and expanding farm size.