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

    PSCW Smart Grid, Program 1–Decisions

    Smart Grid - June  10, 2011

    Speaker:  Ron Chebra from KEMA


    General Topics:

    1. What is the best way to implement the smart grid in the near future?
      1. From an efficient implementation process is there a logical way that investments should be staged?
      2. Should and for how long should we wait for standards to develop before making decisions to implement a certain technology?
    2. How is this change in our transmission and distribution being considered in other areas?  Are these considered standard transmission and distribution upgrades?
      1. What are the implications for regulatory review?

    Presentations:, Vice President, KEMA, 609-865-0166

     Resources (PDF):


    Consumers, Conservation and Convenience

    A Dilemma, Opportunity or Both?

    Is peer pressure sufficient to overcome the perceived hassles associated with changing our energy habits?

    May 19th, 2011

    The Fluno Center

    9:30 am. – 2:30 (includes lunch)

    Format: Roundtable Discussion

    Links to Video:

    The effects of social peer pressure are obvious.  The range of  of outcomes runs from childhood immunization programs to a desire to own automobiles that can do 200 mph in a country with a speed limit of 70.  Peer pressure is part of our daily lives and is on the rise as a tool used for changing energy efficiency behavior and it is sweeping through the energy industry as the next “big thing” to help change our energy consumption patterns.  But is peer pressure sufficient to overcome the perceived hassles associated with changing our energy habits?”
    This program provides a roundtable discussion format regarding peer pressure and behavioral change options.

    Featured Presenters:

    Kathy Kuntz, Cool Choices. Hear about Cool Choices’ new approach to changing energy behavior including how they will monitor the impact of their program. Your next door neighbor may not be the most influential channel for energy change, it may be your work colleagues.

    Dominique Brossard, UW Madison.  Dr. Brossard will address the durability of social marketing programs and why it is that energy may not be receptive to typical peer pressure marketing campaigns used for drinking, seat belts and others. Does change last? And can it be counted on to deliver once an active program is pulled from the market?

    Belkin: Two Hour Featured Workshop with Kevin Ashton: Finally, we will have a unique opportunity to hear from Belkin’s research director on just what it is that consumers are willing to do to save energy–it may, or may not, just surprise you. Hear Kevin Ashton talk about years of consumer market research as it relates to electronic devices and customer willingness to engage in activities that support energy saving.

    Belkin Article on the Valet

    WPUI-110519-PlayingtoWin-HandoutsEnergy and the Consumer Agenda

    EV-When Will Customers Plug-in?

    EPA and the Energy Industry

    EPA and the Energy Industry
    March 29, 2011

    Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Location: Pyle Center

    Webcast from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm,

    Chatham House Rule* Panel Discussion for On-Site Attendees Only 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

    Webcast Program:  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

    The EPA and the Energy Industry program begins with a public webcast discussion of potential impacts of EPA regulation on the energy industry.  Various perspectives will be explored by our panel of experts:

    Vincenzo Frano of Van Ness Feldman will facilite the webcast.

    Vincenzo Franco’s practice focuses primarily on the area of electric power. He represents electric utilities, independent power producers, power and gas marketers, financial institutions, and investors on transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

    Mr. Franco regularly counsels clients on issues related to power contracts, market-based rates, mergers, sales and acquisitions of power projects, participation in organized markets, and import/export of electricity and natural gas.  Mr. Franco advises clients on their compliance with the requirements of the Federal Power Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act, and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)’s mandatory reliability standards.

    He has represented clients in FERC proceedings, audits, and investigations, and in proceedings before the federal courts of appeals.  Mr. Franco’s pro bono activities include representation of asylum seekers and aliens before the Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals.

    At Van Ness Feldman, Kyle Danish advises a range of clients on environmental and energy matters, with a special focus on corporate climate strategy, emissions trading-related transactions, and regulation under the Clean Air Act.  His clients include electric generation, oil and gas, and mineral exploration companies, financial institutions, offset providers, manufacturers, industry coalitions, and think tanks.  Kyle is an adjunct faculty member at American University School of Law and George Washington University Law School.

    Steve Fine is a Vice President with ICF International Environmental Markets Group.  At ICF, his work has concentrated on evaluating the economics of conventional and renewable energy resources within the context of developing environmental regulations.  This includes a number of multi-pollutant compliance planning, asset valuation, and environmental positioning assignments for electric generating companies in the US, with a focus on evaluating the impact of air, ash and water regulatory policies, and renewable portfolio standards on unit and fleet compliance, environmental capex, asset valuation, and deployment.

    Kris McKinney has over thirty-three years experience as an environmental professional working in the electric utility industry and as a consultant and regulator. He has been with We Energies since 1994 and works on a variety of environmental issues as manager of environmental strategy. Kris currently is involved in developing company strategy to address environmental regulations facing electric and natural gas utilities. He also manages the company’s technology transfer activities with the Electric Power Research Institute. Kris served as the environmental lead for adding emission controls at an existing coal power plant and renewing the license of a nuclear power plant, was responsible for environmental permitting of 145 megawatts of new wind power, and supported public outreach activities for licensing two new coal power plants..

    On-site Panel Discussion: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    Following the webcast, Wisconsin-based experts (below) will lead an on-site panel discussion responding to the issues presented in the Webcast.  The on-site discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule*.

    The on-site discussion is also available via a webcast.  Connection information will be sent on March 25 to registered participants

    On-site Panelists (from left):

    • Facilitator - Merlin Raab, Renewable & Alternatives Policy Senior Consultant, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
    • Peter Tagliaenvironmental perspective
    • Dave Benforado, Executive Director at Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW) – municipally-owned perspective
    • Brian Rude, Director, External Relations, Dairyland Power Cooperative – cooperative perspective with a large transmission and generation responsibility

    *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.

    The rule allows people to speak as individuals and to express views that may not be those of their organizations, and therefore, encourages free discussion. Speakers are free to voice their own opinions, without concern for their personal reputation or their official duties and affiliations. The Chatham House Rule resolves a boundary problem faced by many communities of practice, in that it permits acknowledgment of the community or conversation, while protecting the freedom of interaction that is necessary for the community to carry out its conversations.

    Understanding the Nuclear Emergency in Japan


    Above Left: the damaged Fukushima nuclear complex.  Right: Engineering Physics Dept. Chair Michael Corradini explains the design of Fukushima’s Mark I reactor units at the WID Town Hall Forum on March 22.
    At least 4 of the 6 reactor units at the site are permanently damaged.

    View video of the Forum event.

    Forum took place:
    Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 3:00pm
    Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
    Randall Ave. and University Ave

    This panel discussion will provide a technical and medical background to the emerging situation at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Experts in nuclear engineering and medical physics will describe the chain of events that led to damage at the nuclear plant and what the risks are to public health of radiation releases.

    UW-Madison’s student newspaper, The Daily Cardinal, covered the event:
    full article here

    Three UW-Madison science professors explained technical and public health aspects of Japan’s current nuclear crisis resulting from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that recently devastated the country as part of a panel at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery Tuesday.

    The March 11 earthquake seriously damaged the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. After the subsequent tsunami hit, flood waters caused three nuclear reactors to fail and melt down, which ultimately led to the explosion of four of the plant’s six nuclear reactors.

    Bryan Bednarz, an associate professor in the Engineering Physics Department, said while some areas north of the plant measured significantly higher radiation levels than the rest of the country, “the risk to the general population is extremely low.”

    The presentation slides from the forum are available in two parts: Part 1Part 2



    Understanding the Nuclear Emergency in Japan

    A panel discussion featuring experts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



    Michael Corradini, Professor and Chair of Engineering Physics Dept.

    Paul Wilson,
    Associate Professor in Engineering Physics

    Bryan Bednarz, Assistant Professor in Medical Physics

    Webcast Video