Ken Copp

Ken Copp, American Transmission Company LLC

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Strategic Technical Advisor

Ken Copp has over 40 years of experience in the electric utility business, the last 14 at the American Transmission Company. He is currently a Strategic Technical Advisor in the planning area at ATC. Ken’s prior roles at ATC include Director positions in a variety of areas including Engineering, Maintenance, Construction and System Operations. Prior to working at ATC Ken had 28 years of experience at Wisconsin Electric in a wide variety of positions including the transmission, generation and distribution areas A registered professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin, Ken is a member of IEEE Power Engineering Society and Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Alan Carroll

Alan Carroll is a geologist with over 30 years combined experience in academia and the energy industry.  He conducts research on sedimentary basins, and is internationally known for his contributions to the tectonic evolution of western China and to the geology of ancient lakes.  His teaching includes a popular energy resources class that supports the Energy Analysis and Policy certificate program and the Sustainable Systems Engineering online master’s degree.  He is a member of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Energy Analysis and Policy certificate program, and a founding member of the Wisconsin Energy Institute.  Previously he worked as an exploration geologist for Sohio Petroleum and a research geologist Exxon Production Research Company, and continues to maintain active contact with the industry through his consulting company, Geofuels LLC.  He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, past Associate Editor of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, and member of the American Geophysical Union and Internal Association for Limnogeology. He holds degrees in geology from Carleton College, University of Michigan, and Stanford University.  He is an avid pilot, and enjoys cross-country air racing in an award-winning experimental airplane that he built himself.




Bruce Chapman

Bruce Chapman, CA Energy







Bruce R. Chapman, M.A. (University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a Senior Economist at Christensen Associates Energy Consulting. He specializes in the design and pricing of retail electricity pricing products that improve the efficiency of pricing relative to traditional rates. He has managed and participated in many projects, developing such innovative products as critical-peak pricing, real-time pricing, and fixed-bill products. In his work with electricity pricing projects, he has led all phases of program development: product design, implementation, and statistical evaluation of customer response. Mr. Chapman’s assignments have also included heading cost-of-service projects in a traditional regulatory environment. Additionally, he has supervised the design of PC-based software required for the implementation and support of innovative retail products.

Fran Crotty

Fran Crotty, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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Fran Crotty, as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels Team Leader, coordinates Drive Electric Minnesota a partnership of over 40 local and state government, utility, non-profit and business members advancing plug-in electric vehicle use.

Paul Meier

Paul Meier, Wisconsin Energy Institute

Paul Meier is a scientist with the Wisconsin Energy Institute at UW-Madison, serving as director from 2006 to 2012. Paul has worked with industry, government and public interest groups on energy and environmental issues since 1995.  He has led research efforts to evaluate regional electricity and transportation alternatives, focusing extensively on the use of energy systems modeling to support decision-making. Paul is an environmental engineer with degrees from Purdue University and Clemson University, and earned earned his Ph.D. from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW – Madison.

Enrique Bacalao – Alliant Energy

Assistant Treasurer

Enrique Bacalao is Assistant Treasurer of Alliant Energy Corporation and of its principal subsidiaries, including Interstate Power and Light Company and Wisconsin Power and Light Company. In this capacity he has the responsibility of anticipating the need for and raising the external capital required by those companies. He has periodically submitted expert testimony in contested federal and state regulatory proceedings regarding capital structure and cost of equity capital. Mr. Bacalao joined Alliant Energy shortly after its formation as a result of a three-way merger completed in 1998. Prior to Alliant Energy, he was an officer with Bank of America and with The Industrial Bank of Japan in London, where he qualified as a licensed securities dealer. Mr. Bacalao is a member of the Society of Utility and Regulatory Financial Analysts and holds a Certified Rate of Return Analyst designation. He received his B.A. in economics and his M.B.A. in corporate finance, both from Columbia University in New York.

Allen Williams Jr. – Foley & Lardner LLP


Allen (Sandy) Williams is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he is chair of the Energy Industry Team and the former chair of its Regulatory Department. He is also a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities Practice and its Energy Regulation Practice. Mr. Williams has been substantially involved in energy industry matters since 1972. Since 1985, Mr. Williams has concentrated his practice in the developing area of energy industry (re)regulation.

Mr. Williams is a member of the Legal Committee of the Edison Electric Institute, the association of investor-owned utilities. He has also lectured on utility law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and has been involved throughout the development of the complex statutory and regulatory environment in various states that has spawned the independent power industry and is changing the architecture of the electric energy market.

Mr. Williams received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, in economics from Harvard University in 1966. In 1970, he received his law degree and his MBA from Columbia University. At Columbia University, he was a member of the board of editors of the Columbia Law Review and was a Samuel Bronfman fellow of the Business School. He acted as legal counsel to Wisconsin Governor Patrick J. Lucey from 1971 to 1973.

Mr. Williams is listed in the current edition of The Best Lawyers of America.

A frequently requested speaker on various energy issues, Mr. Williams has recently appeared on MSNBC News, MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” FOX News “Special Report with Brit Hume,” Bloomberg News, and CSPAN, talking about various issues related to the collapse of Enron and its potential implications for the energy industry and financial markets. Three recent articles authored by Mr. Williams include “The U.S. Utility Sector: What After California” published in the June, 2001 edition of The Electricity Journal, “The Double-Edged Sword of Equating Supply and Demand”

Theresa Hottenroth – Independent Consultant

Terry Hottenroth provides consulting services to the utility industry. Formerly she was Senior Regulatory Attorney with Alliant Energy from 2003 – 2008, where she was responsible for representing Wisconsin Power and Light Company before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. She also represented WPL and other entities within the Alliant Energy system before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In her capacity as in-house counsel for WPL and Alliant Energy, she worked with others throughout the organization to develop and execute the company’s regulatory and legal objectives and strategies, and advised on a broad range of regulatory compliance issues. She is presently the chair-elect of the Energy and Telecommunications Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Prior to joining Alliant Energy in 2003 she spent nine years in the private practice of law. Her practice areas included administrative law, government relations, and civil litigation. Before obtaining her law degree, she worked extensively in public affairs and government relations. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Marquette University, cum laude, in 1973; a Master of Sciences degree in urban social institutions from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, summa cum laude, in 1976; and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin, cum laude, in 1995, where she was named a member of the Order of the Coif.

Carrie Hollenberg – SRI Consulting Business Intelligence

Carrie Hollenberg Business Intelligence

SRI Consulting

Carrie HollenbergIn 2006, Hollenberg participated in a survey of American environmental attitudes as well as in a study of Californian attitudes towards recycling. In 2008, she participated in two related studies about global warming. Clients include Motorola, Nissan, Nokia and California’s Department of Conservation. Hollenberg holds a BA in Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Richard Cortright – Standard and Poor's

Richard Cortright

Managing Director-U.S. Utilities and Infrastructure Ratings Group, Standard and Poor’s

Cortright,RichardRichard W. Cortright, Jr. is a managing director in Standard & Poor’s U.S. Utilities and Infrastructure Ratings group, and is engaged in the analysis and communication of ratings on investor-owned utility credits.  Richard is a principal spokesperson for Standard & Poor’s in the utility sector, and leads the department’s efforts in communications with state commissions, their staffs and other related entities. His responsibilities also include maintaining the quality of ratings, meeting with utility management and investors, chairing rating committees, and contributing to Standard & Poor’s publications.

For the nine years prior to his current role, he was responsible for managing several Standard & Poor’s analysts and maintaining the quality of ratings in the utility sector.  Before joining Standard & Poor’s, Richard was with The Chase Manhattan Bank’s Global Power Group as a vice president in the public utilities division.  Previously, he concentrated on utilities at Irving Trust Co. and Swiss Bank Corp.

Richard holds a B.A. in history from Swarthmore College and an M.I.A. from the Columbia University School of International Affairs.