New information on the state of energy storage
from GTM Research/Energy Storage Association’s
“U.S. Energy Storage Monitor: 2016 Year in Review and Q1 2017 Executive Summary”
Wisconsin’s Electricity Generation Mix
Wisconsin Renewable Electricity Generation
Average Retail Price of Electricity in Wisconsin (not adjusted for inflation)
AESP – Wisconsin and WPUI invite you to a networking
and panel presentation event including lively Q&A.
Offered at minimal charge for refreshments
Date: September 16, 2015
Time: Networking from 5:45 to 6:15, panel and lively discussion from 6:15 to 7:45
Site: Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building, 1550 Engineering Drive, UW-Madison
Fee: $3 donation for WPUI and AESP members; $5 donation for non-members.
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Figuring out the inner workings of millennials and bridging the generational gap that exists in our industry have proven to be major challenges for employers — and are only getting more difficult as more millennials enter the workforce. We will provide insight into how the energy services industry can address these unique challenges and embrace the change inspired by the most skilled, well-educated, creative, and inexpensive employees a company has. Learn what actual millennials from across our industry are really like as a few of the industry’s millennials explore living in a millennial world.
Guest Speakers (see bios at the bottom of this page):
Shelley Beere, Market segmentation and millennials
With 20 years of experience, Ms. Beere is adept at overseeing the implementation of a variety of strategic brand communications, integrated marketing campaigns, and online initiatives. At KW2, she supervises marketing research, brand strategy, strategic planning, target market analysis, customer segmentation, and large advertising campaigns (both B2C and B2B). In addition to facilitating focus group research, strategic planning and campaign development for WPPI, Shelley previously worked with WECC on promoting energy efficiency programs. Over the years, she has worked with Harley-Davidson Motor Company, GE Healthcare, Pacific Cycle, and Lands’ End..
Kristin Laursen– The inner workings of millennials, part one
Ms. Laursen is the Director of Marketing & Business Development at Michaels Energy. She develops integrated marketing strategies and campaigns, and utilizes research, tracking and testing to promote marketing performance improvement for Michaels Energy and its clients. Kristin is Chair of AESP’s New Professional Advisory Panel and Vice-Chair of the Marketing Topic Committee. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and a minor in Professional Writing.
Kelsey Raftery–The inner workings of millennials, part two
Ms. Raftery is the Marketing Manager at SmartWatt Energy. She manages complex marketing projects ranging from market research, to strategic testing, to integrated campaign execution and beyond. Kelsey is Chair of AESP’s Marketing Topic Committee and a member of AESP’s New Professional Advisory Panel. She graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management & Marketing and a minor in Cognitive Psychology.
Ms. Mueller is the Marketing Manager at Franklin Energy Services, and serves as Secretary of the AESP WI Chapter. She oversees strategic marketing activities for programs throughout the West and Midwest United States, and leads the marketing of four Focus on Energy programs in Wisconsin, including development of the innovative incentive catalog application. Katie also develops and executes marketing strategies for Franklin Energy products. She holds an MBA from Loyola University Chicago and boasts 14 years of marketing experience.
Energy, Telecom, and Water Law Updates 2-27-15
1 Session Introduction by Bryan Kleinmaier
Energy, Telecommunications and Water Law Update – 2015
This program is Co-Sponsored by the Public Utilities Section
Friday, February 27, 2015
Pyle Center, Room 235
Program Description: An update of notable regulatory and legal cases, statuses, and administrative code provisions impacting practitioners in the energy, telecommunications and water arena in the year 2014.
Who Should Attend: Those interested in PSCW activities, energy and telecommunications law attorneys, water attorneys, municipal attorneys, and environmental attorneys.
Key Takeaways: Gain understanding of key developments in energy, telecommunications and water regulation; Explore recent happenings in the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin; Learn about changes in electric technologies and state reforms.
9:00 – 9:05 – Introduction | Bryan Kleinmaier, Partner, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
9:05-10:00 – Overview of Changes at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin | Cynthia Smith, Chief Legal Counsel at the PSCW
10:00-10:25 – Telecommunications Law Updates | Mike Varda, PSCW Office of General Counsel & Judd Genda, Partner, Axley Brynelson in Madison
10:25-10:40 – Break
10:40 – 11:20 – Energy Law Updates | Kira Loehr, Executive Director and General Counsel, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin, Inc., PSCW case updates & David Gilles, Godrey and Kahn, State and Federal legislative and case updates
11:20-11:50 – Municipal Law Updates | Anita Gallucci, Partner, Boardman and Clark LLP
11:50 – 12:20 – PSCW Water Regulatory Law Updates | Lawrie Kobza, Partner, Boardman and Clark LLP
12:20-1:40 – Lunch with Speaker, Changing Electric Technologies and State Reforms | Lauren Azar, Attorney, Azar Law LLC
1:40-2:00 – Questions and Answers
2:00 – Program concludes
$125 Registration Fee
Registration includes instruction, course materials and meals.
Directions and Where to Park:
Pyle Center is located at 702 Langdon Street on the UW-Madison Campus. Parking ramps are on Lake St.
Combined Heat and Power Workshop
This program is co-sponsored by the Dept. of Administration and the State Energy Office
Friday, January 23, 2015
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Pyle Center, Room 325
If the state embarks on an initiative to accelerate the adoption of CHP and industrial operational efficiency, and, if the utilities were put in charge of the program, what might the program look like?
9:30 – 9:50 DOA/SEO Program objectives—what will the DOA/SEO do with the stakeholder work and future plans for this work? | Kevin Vesperman and Amanda Mott, DOA
9:55 – 10:20| Anne Hampson, ICF International
- Benefits of CHP from an environmental and economic perspective
- Utility experiences – What makes a good business case for CHP
- Lessons learned from incentive programs
10:25 – 10:40 Experience for contracting CHP across Wisconsin | Randy Bertram, WMEP
10:45 – 11:00 Utility experience in contracting CHP | Rob Benninghoff, WPS
11:05 – 11:30 Open discussion on barriers and opportunities as outlined by three previous speakers
11:30 – 12:30 Panel Discussion
In this session, we will explore how operational efficiency and moves to add such enhancements as CHP can lead to new production and thus new load. The example will be drawn from current efforts: What needs to happen to ensure that this kind of effort is a benefit to utilities and stakeholders?
- Small/mid-size rural farm perspective | Dale Olson, USEMCO/Peters Farm
- Financial success and potential resource recovery centers | Chris Lefebvre, Stevens Point WWTP
- Phosphorus, etc. | Paul Nehm, Madison WWTP
- Tribal/Industry | Charlie Opferman, Potawatomi Digester
- Matt Cole | Big Ox Energy
- Joel Laubenstein | Baker Tilly
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
Technical and Contracting Options
1:00 – 1:30 Utility CHP Contracting | Tim Baye, Professor Business Developments, State Energy Specialist
1:30 – 1:50 CHP Technology Changes and Applications | Jeff Ihnen, Michaels Energy
1:50 – 2:10 Is there something here of interest? Discussion
2:10 – 2:50 We will divide the attendees into two groups: CHP or Operational Energy Efficiency.
Questions will include:
What benefits do you (utility, public interest, customer) see from adoption of these technologies ?
What are the downsides?
Are there policies that help the state move forward with these technologies?
Are there policies that stand in the way?
What would make you (utility, public interest, customer) welcome this change?
What would make you not welcome this change?
2:50 – 3:15 View other team’s work
3:30 – 4:00 Return to group and discuss findings on flip charts and any issues placed into a “parking lot” topic.
Can we find some common ground for further discussion:
- Anything needs further investigation on possibility—if so, who and timeline
- Closing comments from participants, SEO/DOA
Kira Loehr is the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin. CUB is a nonprofit organization that advocates for reliable, affordable and sound utility service on behalf of Wisconsin’s residential and small business utility customers. Kira represents CUB in all proceedings before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, MISO, FERC, and the courts. She also manages the organization and helps develop positions on utility policy and other issues of importance to CUB’s members. Before joining CUB in 2010, she practiced public utility and environmental law with Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP. Kira served on the Board of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Public Utility Law Section from 2007 to 2014 and was the Chair of that Section Board from 2013-2014. Kira received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2002, and a B.A. degree in psychology and philosophy magna cum laude from Saint Louis University in 1997.
Energy Utility Basics Fundamentals Course
October 5 – 9, 2015
Seminar Site: The Pyle Center, located on Lake Mendota
Energy Utility Basics is an intensive course on the fundamental concepts critical to being conversant in today’s energy industry. Course content is updated yearly as technology, regulation, competition and markets evolve. WPUI has proudly presented this exceptional course each fall since 1983.
Course Summary: Over four and a half days, participants will receive an introduction to the electric and natural gas industries, insights into regulatory decision-making, and an analysis of the current issues facing both industries. The dedicated gas course begins Thursday at noon and continues until mid-Day Friday.
Benefits: Attendees will obtain practical knowledge of the operations and technology of the natural gas and electricity industries from extraction, whether from the ground or renewables, to the customer’s bill. Course registration covers a field trip to a natural gas power plant, daily lunches and breaks, printed course materials and UW-Madison CEU certification. CLE credits will be applied for.
Who Should Attend: The energy industry has undergone substantial changes – including changes in hiring practices. Twenty years ago, new utility staff would start out learning the ropes by working up through the ranks. In today’s fast-moving business environment, it is often advantageous to hire staff from other industries, bringing in outside talent that doesn’t yet have a working knowledge of the energy industry. Energy Utility Basics is intended for anyone working in the energy industry, including public interest groups, legislative staff, regulatory staff, state and local government personnel. The course is for energy professionals who want a better grasp of how all the technological, financial and political pieces of the energy puzzle fit together. Registration is open to the public
What others have said:
“I came in new to the industry wanting to learn about how energy is made, distributed, and transmitted. I am leaving with a better understanding of all that and more.”
“The good mix of speakers and audience made for an excellent atmosphere to understand a complex industry from all angles.”
“I wish I could have taken this course right away when I entered the utility industry.”
“I appreciate the care in progressively building on the modules.”
“Plenty of beneficial information, good speakers.”
“As someone with only a couple years of utility experience, this was a great foundation”
“Covered as many of the topics as possible in an entertaining and informative way – could have been very boring, but it wasn’t. Nice work!”
“Excellent overview and well-planned program.”
“Delivery of complex information in an easy to digest manner.”
“I loved getting to see the operators and getting to touch and see how it all works at the power plant”
“Variety of speakers, all were knowledgeable and able to break down the subject matter for those with a limited knowledge of the industry.”
October 5: Electricity — Industry Structure
Why a regulated monopoly? Who’s regulated, why and how: The Federal and State Perspective
- Federal Roles, Rules, Spheres of Influence: FERC and EPA
- The Public Service Commission-Roles and Rules, Balance of Power
- Transmission-The Overlooked Connection Until 1970
- A Day in the Life of a Regional Transmission Organization: A Primer
- Utility Company Models-Presentations and Panel Discussion
October 6: Electricity — Industry Operations
From Heat to Electricity – How we make Electricity in the U.S.
- Field Identification Guide to the Electric Industry
- A Day in the Life of a Distribution Company
- A Day in the Life of a Transmission Operator
- Field Trip: Co-Generation Power Plant
October 7: Rate-making for Electric and Gas Companies
- What drives utility stock prices?” Does that work for you?
- Basics of Rate Setting
- Dynamic Pricing and Demand Response
- New Models for Pricing
- Strategies for Addressing Fixed Cost Recovery Issues
- A Utility’s Response to Changing Customer Expectations
October 8: Low to No Carbon Options
Work Done Without (or with a small) Carbon Footprint
- Nuclear Future—The Base Load of the Future?
- Balancing your Resource and Financial Portfolios
- Where, How and Why Energy is Used in the US
- Renewables Panel
October 9: The New/Old Kid on the Block: Gas
What Everyone Ought to Know About Gas
- Providing Natural Gas Service-Wholesale
- Providing Natural Gas Service-Retail
- Gas Physical and Financial Markets
Institute Member — $1,450.00
Non-Member — $2,250.00
Government (Non-Utility) — $700.00
Non-Profit, Member — $1,200.00
Non-Profit, Non-Member — $1,550.00
Register here: http://tinyurl.com/nxtzoow
Accommodations: Graduate Madison
Room Rate: $149
Deluxe Rooms includes amenities such as transportation to and from the Madison Airport, hot breakfast and more.
Parking is available for hotel guests
Additional Parking available in Lot 46 (Lake & Johnson St Ramps at 301 N. Lake St.)