Energy Utility Basics – Oct 1-5, 2012

The Wisconsin Public Utility Institute will host the Energy Utility Basics Course October 1-5, 2012. It will be held in the UW Madison Campus’ Executive Training Center, the Fluno Center.

Wisconsin Public Utility Institute’s Course is Promoted by:


Fundamental Course: Energy Utility Basics

October 1-5, 2012

Draft Agenda

On-Line Registration

Fees are listed below

Course fee includes continental breakfasts, two breaks and lunches Monday through Thursday in the Fluno Executive Dining Room. It also includes all print materials and transportation to and from the power plant field trip.

Full program attendance eligible for 3.0 CEUs and 30 CLEs

Comments for 2011 attendees

    • This program was an excellent overview of all aspects of the utility
    • I learned more than I expected.
    • I was able to tie more things together
    • Course structure was well laid out
    • Speakers were knowledgeable and came from a variety of background
    • Really valuable week for someone new to the industry
    • Well run program with a tremendous amount of info.
    • No matter what your role is in the energy industry, this program is beneficial
    • Great way to include a significant amount of diverse info in a relatively short amount of time
    • Great diversity of presentations in regard to subject matter and from where the presenters came from
    • It was helpful to go over the different rate pricing and how one may be more effective in different situations
    • Good job of giving a lot of detail in the pricing strategies. It will help all areas of a utility to know this info

Click on links for each day for details

October 1, Energy Industry Structure
Why a regulated monopoly? Theresa  Hottenroth, President, Hottenroth LLC
Federal Roles, Rules and the Balance of Power and Influence: FERC and EPA, Commissioner David Boyd, Minnesota Public Service Commission
The Public Service Commission-Roles and Rules and the Balance of Power and Influence, Brian Rybarik, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Transmission–A Quiet Partner No Longer Quiet?–History and Future of Transmission, ATC
Utility Company Models-Presentations and Panel Discussion:  Moderator, John Schulze Wisconsin Public Service Commission, Panelist Brian Rude, Dairyland Power Cooperative, Roman Draba, WE Energies,  David Benforado, Municipal Electric Utility Cooperatives, Doug Collins, ITC Midwest/ITC Holdings
Who Uses What and How Much:  UW Madison Graduate Student

October 2, The Physical Nature of Electricity-Making, Moving and Metering
From Heat to Electricity-How we make Electricity in the U.S, Dr. Jake Blanchard, Chair of the Energy Physics Department, UW Madison
Field Identification Guide to the Electric Industry, Ken Copp, American Transmission Company
A Day in the Life of a Distribution Company, Merlin Raab, Wisconsin Public Service Company, a Subsidiary of Integrys
A Day in the Life of a Transmission Operator, Chuck Callies, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Regional Transmission Organizations: A Primer, William Malcom, MISO
Advanced Metering–A Case Study in Piloting and Moving into Advanced Metering—Panel Discussion

October 3, The Revenue Side of the Industry
What Drives Utility Stock Prices; What (Should) Keeps Utility Execs Awake at Night? Sandy Williams, Foley and Lardner
Basics of Rate Setting:  Bruce Chapman, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting
Securing Alternative Supply: Advanced Renewable Tariffs and Demand Response

New Models for Pricing, Jon Kubler, Kubler Associates (formerly with Georgia Power Company)

Declining Revenues and Rate Response, Dan Hansen, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting
Rate Trends in the Midwest and Beyond, Charles Higley, Citizens Utility Board

October 4, De-carbonizing Production and Plant Tour
Nuclear Power’s Role in Carbon Management, Paul Wilson, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Department of Engineering Physics
Panel Discussion on Renewables and Alternative Energy Options–Pros and Cons, Moderator Rich Hasselman, GDS Associates
What Everyone Needs to Know About Gas, Kenneth Yagelski, UGI
Co-Generation Power Plant Tour, Madison Gas and Electric Company Cogeneration Plant

October 5, Natural Gas
Providing Natural Gas Service-Wholesale, Kenneth Yagelski, UGI
A Day in the Life of a Gas Company- Retail, Kenneth Yagelski, UGI
Gas Markets, Ron Mosnik, Wisconsin Public Service Company


Registration Fees:

FULL FIVE DAY PROGRAM ** Monday – Friday noon
$1350.00 Member
$2150.00 Non-Member
$600.00 Government (Non-Utility)
$1100.00 Non-Profit, Member
$1400.00 Non-Profit, Non-Member

FOUR DAY PROGRAM ** Monday – Thursday
Electric Industry
$1200.00 Member
$1900.00 Non-Member
$500.00 Government (Non-Utility)
$950.00 Non-Profit, Member
$1250.00 Non-Profit, Non-Member

TWO DAY PROGRAM ** Thursday – Friday Only
Natural Gas Industry
$375.00 Member
$600.00 Non-Member
$200.00 Government (Non-Utility)
$275.00 Non-Profit, Member
$475.00 Non-Profit, Non-Member

The Fluno Exectuive Training Center offers excellent rooms at a flat rate of $144 (no tax)

For more information please visit: Executive Training Center

Reserve a room online using our online request form, or any of the following methods:

Online: Reservation Requestion Form
Telephone: (877) 77-FLUNO/35866 or (608) 441-7117
Fax: (608) 441-7124



Gas: What's in the Pipeline?

Gas: What’s in the Pipeline?

September 13, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (8 a.m. Registration & Breakfast)

Pyle Center, Room 232 (Click for map)
Parking in State Street Campus Ramp (map)

As utilities make long-term decisions on future generation, what do we know and what don’t we know about our ability to economically tap into our nation’s shale gas resources? Will concerns about environmental damage from hydraulic fracturing slow the pace of drilling? What level of uncertainty about the future gas market is acceptable to utility planners?This program provides an update on the latest knowledge surrounding the shale gas boom in the United States. Presentations will include the latest data on oil and gas resource estimates in the United States; analysis of current and future price drivers in the natural gas market; an assessment of the local environmental effects of shale gas extraction and innovative technologies to mitigate the risk of harm; and a case study of converting a coal plant to natural gas in Wisconsin. Continue reading

Transmission: Why and How Did We Get Here… and Where is Regulation Going?

Transmission: Why and How Did We Get Here… and Where is Regulation Going?

July 19, 2012

Room 2180, Mechanical Engineering
1513 University Ave.

Program Description:
This roundtable discussion will focus on several key questions related to transmission planning in Wisconsin and the Midwest region, including:Registration is limited to 25 participants to encourage discussion. While each session has a featured presenter, we welcome and encourage questions and comments from all attendees.


8:30  – 9:00

How did we get to today? – A history of transmission in Wisconsin and the region (pre-WWII to today) 

  • Featured presenter: Terry Nicolai, Alliant Energy

9:00  – 9:30 

State influences and roles in planning/regulation of transmission

  • Featured presenter: Diane Ramthun, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

9:30- 9:45  


9:45 – 10:30

The status of Smart Grid in Wisconsin

  • Featured presenter: Scott Adams, American Transmission Company
  • Open discussion on questions such as:
    • To what extent are smart grid technologies for power system monitoring already deployed at the transmission level? How are they currently being used in operations?
    • Will smart grid technologies make regional transmission planning easier to conduct? Are there information-sharing barriers that should be considered?

10:30 – 11:30

Challenges to transmission expansion – The public’s role

  • Featured presenter: Sarah Justus, American Transmission Company
  • Discussion featuring Charlie Higley, Citizens Utility Board; Todd Stuart, Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group and others



12:00 – 1:30

Briefing on FERC Orders 890 and 1000 regarding transmission planning – History and regional trends

  • Overview by Robert Camfield, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting
  • Initial Responses: Jeremiah Doner, Midwest ISO, Scott Adams, ATC
  • Open Discussion: What do these FERC orders mean for the Midwest?

EEI Members Advanced Rates Course

Rates to Meet New Market Opportunities and Constraints – July 22-25th 2012

Note that Sunday, July 22,  is an optional session that  starts at 3:00 pm

On Wednesday  we will be in session until 4:00 pm  — Flights can be scheduled to leave Madison any time after 5:30 pm

EEI’s 2012 Electric Rate Advanced Course teaches students ratemaking tools to meet today’s business challenges. This year, the curriculum presents:·  An overview of ratemaking basics a review of what the student should know to get the most benefit from the course·  Current ratemaking issues, such as those surrounding the prospective implementation of the Smart Grid·  Rate policies needed to build sustainable energy efficiency businesses

·  Rate policies (and issues) likely to be encountered in context of policy mandates to promote renewable resources

·  New technical issues associated with determining the cost of equity in today’s risk-averse, turbulent capital markets, and related issues of rate case strategy

·  New information on customer attitudes, and what they mean for the development of effective regulatory and marketing strategies.

·  Ratemaking issues associated with alternative regulatory mechanisms to address contemporary operating challenges without chronic underearning or the need for annual rate cases.

EEI’s advanced rate course provides a unique opportunity for senior staff to practice developing regulatory strategies to address an increasingly complex set of technical and financial challenges.

Agenda (Detailed Agenda Below)

Sunday, July 22  3:00 – 6:30 pm

·         Overview of Rate Basics (Optional) – This session will give students an overview of costing and pricing concepts.  It is designed to give students a refresher and starting point on embedded cost of service studies and basic rate design.

Monday, July 23 – 7:45 – 5:15

·         Team Assignments – Students will be assigned to teams that develop and present regulatory strategies as the conclusion of the course.  Each team will be presented with a set of real-life issues their strategy must address, and will be instructed to draw on class room presentations to configure their strategies.

·         Regulatory Accounting – A review of revenue requirements, income statement, balance sheet, rate base, operating expenses, rate of return, and tax treatment concepts.

·         Cost of Capital – Uncertainty about the cost of debt and equity and the growing challenges of estimating cost of equity with traditional methods (DCF, CAPM).

·         Demand Rate Design Methodology – Development and application of the coincidence factor – load factor (Bary Curve) relationship for designing embedded cost-based rates.

·         Cost Allocation and Marginal Costs – Review the allocation of costs to generation, transmission, and distribution functions (and the development of cost of service for stand-alone distribution services). Hands-on numeric examples that allow students to practice methods of embedded cost analysis (functionalization, classification, allocation), and marginal cost analysis (the development of incremental and decremental costs).

Tuesday, July 24 – 7:45 – 5:15

·         Customer Trends & Perspectives – Using customer usage trends and perspectives on energy policy, rates, & pricing options to develop more effective regulatory, pricing, and marketing strategies

·         Pricing as a Strategy for Helping Customers Adapt to Increasing Costs – Managing price risk for dynamic pricing.  Hedging.  Moving to more efficient rates.

·         Alternative Regulation – Alternative approaches to regulating traditional vertically integrated utilities and power distributors in an era of increased investment needs and slower demand growth.  Includes discussion of multi-year rate plans, revenue decoupling, formula rates, CWIP in rate base, accelerated depreciation, and capex trackers.

·         Regulatory Strategy Workshop – Students break into teams to craft regulatory strategies that respond to scenarios that reflect today’s business conditions.  Separate scenarios for traditional vertically integrated utilities and power distributors.

Wednesday, July 25 – 7:45 – 4:00

·          Designing Efficient Rates – The role of efficient price signals in guiding efficient consumer consumption and industry investment decisions and the drivers for adopting efficient pricing.

·         Application of Efficient Rates – The design along with examples of time-differentiated (dynamic) rates, and effective pricing for risk management.

·         Energy Efficiency and Renewables – Rate mechanisms and policies needed to deliver energy efficiency services on a sustainable basis (e.g., DSM trackers, decoupling mechanisms, fixed/variable rate design, business models – shared savings, rate base premium return, virtual power plant, performance contracts), and issues associated with rate policies to encourage renewable resources (e.g., feed in tariffs, net metering, DG interconnection procedures).

·         Summation – Assigned teams present their results of the regulatory strategy work groups.   Concluding with a round-table discussion that encourages students to integrate information from the previous two and one-half days into a strategic perspective on rate making.


  • Larry Blank – Center for Public Utilities, New Mexico State University
  • John Caldwell – EEI
  • Bente Villadsen  – The Brattle Group
  • Philip Hanser – The Brattle Group
  • Larry Vogt – Mississippi Power Company
  • Dick Wight – Energy Market Solutions
  • Eric Ackerman – EEI
  • Steve Braithwait – Christensen Associates Energy Consulting
  • Jonathan Kubler – Energy Pricing Solutions
  • Mark Lowry – Pacific Economics Group Research

Registration Information

The registration fee for this course is $1,900, and includes instruction, course materials, continental breakfasts and lunches Monday – Wednesday,  coffee breaks and working group receptions.  Deadline for registration at the Fluno Center is June 15th (please see below).  Deadline for registration with EEI is July 13.  However, until registration is full, late registrations will be accepted.  Registration is limited to 35 attendees to assure optimum interaction between participants and the course leaders.  Registration withdrawal after July 13 will be subject to a $600 cancellation fee.

To register, go to EEI Registration Link and click on the register online link.  If you have additional questions, please contact Cass Bielski at

Continuing Education Credits

The course offers the following continuing education credits for participants attending the pre-course workshop.

  • 22   CLE Continuing Legal Education
  • 2.2  CEU Continuing Education Units
  • 22   CPE For Public Accountants

For those participants  not attending the pre-course workshop the credits are as follows:

  • 19   CLE Continuing Legal Education
  • 1.9  CEU Continuing Education Units
  • 19   CPE For Public Accountants

Dates and Accommodations

The EEI Electric Rate Advanced Course will run from Sunday, July 22 through 4:00 pm on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Fluno Center for Executive Education in Madison, WI.  The course is sponsored and developed by the Edison Electric Institute Rates and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Fluno Center for Executive Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison until June 15th.  The rate is $144/night.  To ensure the availability of a room, please make your reservations before June 15th by calling (877) 773-5866, or go on-line:  Please mention you will be attending the EEI Electric Rate Advanced Course.

The Fluno Center is a short 15-minute taxi ride from the Dane County Regional Airport. Renting a car is unnecessary as this located three blocks from Lake Mendota in the heart of Madison and the University.  It is located in walking distance to over 100 restaurants, bike/sailboat rental among other activities and offers biking and running  trials of any duration over various forms of terrain.  The Financial Times of London has ranked the Fluno Center in the top 2 worldwide for food and accommodations for custom programs.

Detailed Agenda


3:00 – 6:00 p.m.Overview of Electric Ratemaking Basics
Larry Blank – Center for Public Utilities, New Mexico State University
State Regulatory Commissions: Organization and Process
•    Basic Components of Revenue Requirements
•    Technology basics to understand energy-related costs, demand-related costs,
and customer-related costs
•    Basic Rate Design
o    Energy charge vs. Fixed Customer charge
o    Energy charge vs. Demand charge
o    Block rate design
o    Time-of-use rate design
Two 10-minute

6:00 – 8:00 Welcome Reception – Fluno Center Study Pub 8th Floor


7:45 – 7:50 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Cass Bielski(EEI) and Cara Lee (Sam) Mahany Braithwait (WPUI)

7:50 – 8:05     Course Introduction and Description
Phil Hanser – The Brattle Group

8:05 – 8:25    Description of Team Projects—Assign Groups
Mark Lowry – Pacific Economics Group Research
Developing Regulatory Strategies to Meet Today’s Issues

8:25 – 9:55 Regulatory Accounting
John Caldwell – Edison Electric Institute
Review of Revenue Requirements
Regulatory Accounting vs. “Regular” Accounting
The Income Statement and Balance Sheet
The Rate Base and its Components
Operating Expenses
Rate of Return and Capital Structure
Tax Treatment

9:55 – 10:05 am    Break

10:05 – 11:35     Current Issues in Cost of Capital
Bente Villadsen – The Brattle Group
Cost of capital and revenue requirement
How markets affect cost of capital
Traditional COE Methods and Their Use Across Jurisdictions
Sources of Risk, Old and New
Earned Returns vs. Allowed Returns
Rate Design and the Effect on the Cost-of-Capital
Risk Management vs. Risk Compensation Discussion

11:35 – 11:45     Break

11:45 am – 12:30 pm Issues in Cost Allocation
Philip Hanser – The Brattle Group
Cost of Service
Types of Costs
Rate Class Cost Allocation
Cost Allocation and Revenue Requirements

12:30 – 1:30    Lunch

1:30 – 2:15 pm    Introduction to Marginal Costs
Philip Hanser – The Brattle Group
Traditional Markets and Restructured Markets
Steps in Developing Marginal Costs
•Marginal Demand Costs – Generation, Transmission, Distribution
•Marginal Energy Costs
•Costing Periods and Attributing Costs to Costing Periods
•Adjusting Marginal Costs for Losses
Other Uses for Marginal Costs
•Smart Grid
•Distribution Utility of the Future

2:15 – 2:30 pm    Break

2:30 – 4:00 pm    Embedded Cost-Based Demand Rate Design
Larry Vogt – Mississippi Power
Significance of the coincidence factor – load factor relationship
Development of load-diversified unit demand costs
Cost allocation across the hours use of demand spectrum
The principle of rate tilt
Selection of a demand rate structure

4:00 – 4:15     Break

4:15 – 5:15    Rate Design by Objective
Phil Hanser
Increasing Block Rates and Dynamic Rates
Setting Objectives
Measuring How Well Objectives Are Met

5:15 – 6:15    Reception all in the Study Pub
(You will be on your own for dinner to enjoy one of Madison’s many restaurants)


7:45 – 9:15 am Using Customer Information to Develop Better Regulatory & Pricing Strategies
Dick Wight – Energy Solutions
Customer kWh Usage Trends & Customers’ Potential/Willingness to Change Usage
Differences in Customers’ Energy Service/Price Expectations & Values
Why Utilities Will Be Expected & Required to Change Strategies to Be More Customer and Energy Efficiency Focused
Applying Customer Information to Improve Regulatory & Pricing Strategies

9:15 – 9:30     Break

9:30 – 9:45     Class Discussion of Customer-Focused Strategies

9:45 – 11:30 am    Energy Pricing Solutions
Jonathan Kubler, Energy Pricing Solutions
Pricing as a Strategy for Helping Customers Adapt to Increasing Costs
Managing Price Risk for Dynamic Pricing
Hedged Rate Options
Shifting Risk to Customers
Lessons Learned When Moving to More Efficient Rates
Barriers (Smart Meters, Administration, and Making Changes)
Missed Opportunities
Educating Customers

11:30 am – Lunch

12:30 – 1:00    Discussion on Customers Response to Rate Options
Jonathan Kubler, Energy Pricing Solutions

1:00 – 2:30 pm    Alternative Regulation
Mark Lowry – Pacific Economics Group Research
Performance-Based Regulation (“PBR”)
•Rate caps
•Revenue caps for revenue decoupling
•Benchmark PBR

2:30 – 2:45    Break

2:45 – 3:45    Alternative Regulation (con’t)
Mark Lowry – Pacific Economics Group Research
•Formula Rates
Recent Developments and Key Precedents
Crafting an Altreg Strategy
Applications to Vertically Integrated Utilities and Distributors Forward Test Years
Altreg for Investment Surges

3:45 – 5:30    Configuring Proposals
Alternative Regulation Scenario Work Groups
Design Regulatory Strategies that Respond to Scenarios Reflecting Today’s Business Challenges
Reduced Volume Growth
Mounting Investment Needs
Increased Emphasis on Conservation and Renewable
Separate Scenarios for Traditional Vertically Integrated Utilities and Power Distributors

5:30 – 6:30     Team Receptions
Each team will meet in their “study room” to start to outline their response to the case study.  Specific tasks will be laid out for each team for this first meeting.

6:30 – 7:30    Reception – Fluno Center Study Pub 8th Floor (Cash Bar)
(You will be on your own for dinner to enjoy one of Madison’s many restaurants)


7:45 – 9:15 am        Designing Efficient Rates
Steve Braithwait – Christensen Associates Energy Consulting
Features of Traditional Rates
Role of Smart Metering in Expanding Efficient Pricing
Dynamic Pricing – Design and Issues
Features of Efficient/DynamicPricing Designing Efficient Rates
•Results from Recent Rate Pilot Programs:  Who Responds, How Much and Going Forward

9:15 – 9:30    Break

9:30 – 10:30 am Rate Design for Distributed Energy
Eric Ackerman – Edison Electric Institute
Fixed/Variable Rate Design
Business/Incentive Models
Issues Associated with Renewable Resources
Feed in Tariffs
Net Metering
DG Interconnection Procedures
Debt Imputation
Dealing with Changes in Revenue Streams
DSM Cost Trackers
Decoupling Mechanisms

10:30 – 10:45     Break

10:45 – 11:45    Case Study

11:45 – 1:00 pm    Working Lunch

1:00 – 2:00    Final Draft of Strategy Prep

2:00 – 4:00    Work Group Presentations and Debrief
Mark Lowry (Session Coordinator)

Advanced Metering Roundtable

Advanced Metering Roundtable


A Chatham House Rule Discussion

This is a members only meeting

September 14, 2012

The Engineering Centers Building * 1550 Engineering Drive, Madison WI.

Tong Auditorium

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.



Objective of this program:  By 2015 it has been estimated that nearly 50% of the country will have installed digital meters.  They will run the gambit from meters that allow utilities to read meters from the street to meters that enable the growth of a new partnership between the customer and the system load.  Our program is designed to allow utilities and other organizations actively working in this area to discuss what we are encountering in this new and developing area. Note:  No specific information regarding rates will be discussed at this meeting.


This is an update by utilities from around the region on what they are seeing and doing with advanced metering systems in their service territory.  Note that specific rates will not be discussed at this meeting.

8:15 – 8:45           Introductions—What’s On Your Mind

8:45  – 9:30         WPS Update on Meters:  Brian Teddy,   Manager – Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Customer Relations, Wisconsin Public Service (this session will be offered in two parts to allow for sufficient discussion and to view displays)

  • WPS will review the status of the three community pilots.  In this review WPS will share and display their current technologies along with the evaluation of customer technology adoptions.
  • WPS is also working on installing the first public electric vehicle charging station in their area.  WPS will have their Chevy Volt on display for the day for the attendees–see 3:30 – 4:00 session

9:30  – 10:15       How States and State Utility Commissions are Approaching Smart Meter Deployments:  Diane Ramthun, Public Service Commission Wisconsin

  • State Regulatory Approaches to Smart Meters
  • Policies and initiatives to promote smart meters
  • Rule makings to provide guidance and standards for utilities in smart meter deployments
  • Regulatory oversight of cost recovery and associated tariffs
  • Emerging regulatory issues among the states

10:15 – 10:30      Break

10:30 – 11:30      Status of Advanced Meters in North America:  Ahmad Faruqui, The Brattle Group

  • Residential case studies—results, problems, opportunities
  • Cost recovery strategies
  • Where are utilities stopping—at the meter or the fridge?

11:30 – 12:15      Meters—Operational Longevity, Asset Depreciation:  Roundtable Discussion

12:15 – 1:00        Working Lunch and Discussion–Dietram Scheufele, UW Madison

1:00 –  2:15         Case Study:  Commonwealth Edision’s Pilot Programs

2:15 – 3:00          WPS Case Study Continued

3:00 – 3:30          Roundtable Discussion:  The room will be set in a square and participants can nominate topics for discussion such as:

  • Privacy–Opt out or Opt in based on privacy and health issues–
  • Where to stop, at the meter or the fridge
  • Green Button
  • Who has responsibility for data security?  Vendors, Commissions, FCC, FERC, Customers, Utilities

3:30 4:00        Electric Vehicles–includes a visit to the WPS Volt

Impact of New EPA Regulations on Electric Utilities


Proposed Federal Regulations and Their Potential Impacts on Wisconsin’s Electric Utilities, Their Ratepayers, and Electric Reliability

January 26, 2012
7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Fluno Center, 601 University Ave.

WisconsinEye video of the seminar is now available:

Sponsored by:

  • Energy & Telecommunications Law Section, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Environmental Law Section, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Public Utility Institute, UW-Madison

Background Readings

Attendees are eligible for 4.5 CLEs

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2012 EEI Transmission and Wholesale Markets School

August, 6-10 2012

Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin Extension
702 Langdon Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53706

To view registration and program agenda


Learn about…

§  Federal Siting Coordination, with Lauren Azar, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, DOE

§  State Regulatory Roles in Transmission Planning, with Commissioner Eric Callisto, Wisconsin PSC

§  Market Power & Enforcement, with Larry Gasteiger, Office of Enforcement, FERC

§  Evolution of Markets and the OATT, with Peter Matt, Bruder Gentile Marcoux

§  EPA Compliance from the RTO Perspective, with Clair Moeller, MISO

§  Transmission Planning and Interregional Coordination, with Carl Monroe, SPP

§  And much more.

You’ll also cover Smart Grid, Cyber Security, Utility Financing, and many other subjects critical to understanding the issues facing the utility industry.

For more information and how to register, visit or
contact Karen Onaran at or 202-508-5533.

his course offers many benefits to you, including

  • Understanding the pricing of transmission services in a competitive market
  • Learning how to evaluate transmission expansion alternatives
  • Learning about seams and interregional coordination
  • Hearing case studies from ISOs and RTOs
  • Studying the pricing of reactive power
  • Hearing the case for independent transmission

Who Should Attend
For energy professionals and utility employees responsible for transmission planning, operations planning, engineering, ratemaking, strategic planning, power marketing, and economics.


By participating in this course, you will earn 30 Professional Development Hours (PDH) and 3 Continuing Education Units (CEU). Learn more about PDH, LU, CEU and state licensing boards.

General Information

Fee Covers Notebook and other course materials, break refreshments, lunches and certificate.

Accommodations A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved ($115/single; $125/double, including airport shuttle, pool and exercise room) for course participants at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, One West Dayton Street, Madison, WI. To reserve a room, call 800-356-8293 or 608-257-6000 and indicate that you will be attending this course under group code 211702. Room requests made later than July 9 will be subject to availability.

Course Location This course will be held at Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI. 608-262-1122


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Renaissance or Reconsideration? Nuclear Power Post-Fukushima

Renaissance or Reconsideration? Nuclear Power Post-Fukushima

November 16-17, 2011

Fluno Center

Because this program is of such importance to our energy industry as a whole, we are able to offer the following fee structure as a result of a generous grant from the University of Wisconsin Energy Institute and the UW Madison Engineering Physics Department.

Non-members:  $75

Faculty and students  $25

Members:  $50

Legislative and public service staff are eligible for full scholarships, please contact


Will nuclear power experience a renaissance in the U.S.? Will other countries take the lead in building new reactors? The March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant shone a spotlight on safety concerns over nuclear power. Yet safety is one of several important concerns that the nuclear power industry is encountering as it seeks to meet a growing demand for inexpensive, low-carbon energy around the world.

This summit, featuring nationally recognized experts on nuclear energy, will take a “big picture” look at some of the most pressing issues in nuclear power today, including cost, safety, spent fuel, and proliferation.

Topics covered will include:

Cost: What drives the costs in construction and maintenance of nuclear plants, and what is the future picture for capital costs, operation and maintenance costs, and construction time?

Supply Chain: What is the outlook for availability of materials and human capital to build new and maintain existing power plants?

Safety:What is the safety assessment process for nuclear plants, and what aspects are being reevaluated following the Fukushima accident?

Spent Fuel: What are the recommendations from the Department of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, and what do they mean for nuclear power plants in Wisconsin?

Proliferation: Are our current international safeguards sufficient? 

American Competitiveness: Will the U.S. be a large consumer of nuclear technology in the future, a large supplier, both, or neither?

Public Perception: How do our brains respond to the risks involved with nuclear power, and what are the proper ways to communicate technologies that involve risk?


  • Eric Loewen, President, American Nuclear Society
  • Tom Cochran, retired – Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Ashok Bhatnagar, retired – Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Matt Dryden, AREVA
  • Kristine Svinicki, Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Cathryn Carson, UC-Berkeley
  • Chris Schoenherr, Wisconsin Dept. of Administration
  • John Kotek, U.S. Dept. of Energy Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
  • Tom Sanders, Savannah River National Lab
  • Laura Hermann, Potomac Communications


Assessing Natural Gas' New Promises and Controversies

Assessing Natural Gas’ New Promises and Controversies

October 3, 2011

Union South – Varsity Hall III (Parking at Union South Parking Garage or Lot 17)

  • Agenda
  • Speakers
  • Wisconsin Eye Video
  • Presentations (PDF):
  • Alan Carroll: U.S. Coal & Natural Gas Resources
  • Peter Taglia: Lifecycle Comparison of Coal and Gas
  • Betsey Day: Landscape Impacts of Shale Gas
  • Sue Tierney: Strategies to Reduce Environmental Risk from Shale Gas
  • Dale Nesbitt: Economic Outlook of Natural Gas Prices (Deloitte Report)

  • Three statements have been cycling around in the press about natural gas:

    • Is the bounty of newly accessible gas the bridge resource for moving us into a future of clean, affordable energy?
    • Does it bring with it new environmental threats to water supplies and climate?
    • And, is the forecasted promise really there?

    The answer to these questions depends on honest assessment of the new techniques that have dramatically altered the economics and resource availability of natural gas and an intelligent comparison of natural gas to the fuel it would supplant: coal.

    In this one-day program, a group of experts will explore the future of natural gas and what it means for the utility landscape in Wisconsin and beyond.  Participants will hear, and interact, as panels of speakers describe hydraulic fracturing, how it is changing the resource projections and economics of natural gas and the new questions about its environmental footprint.  We will also look at natural gas in the context of replacing energy from coal and ask the audience and a panel to address where natural gas fits into Wisconsin’s energy future.
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    Utilities as Transportation Fuel Providers

    Utilities as Transportation Fuel Providers

    July 14, 2011, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. registration and continental breakfast)

    H.F. Deluca Forum (Town Center), Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St.

    Parking in Lot 20 and Union South Parking Garage

    Program Description:

    This one-day program will examine the opportunities, policy considerations and current developments for utilities to provide transportation fuels (electricity and natural gas).  Previous WPUI programs have explored the grid impacts of electric cars, but this program will look at electricity and compressed natural gas as vehicle fuels from the larger energy landscape and policy perspective.  Speakers will address questions such as:  How do transportation fuels factor into the overall electricity and natural gas load projections used by utilities?  What are the economic, environmental and policy considerations of deriving more transportation energy from publicly-regulated utilities instead of traditional gasoline and diesel suppliers?  How are other regions preparing for utilities to supply more transportation fuel?

    This program is eligible for 7 CLE/ 0.7 CEU credits. Continue reading