Energy Utility Basics 2009

Fundamental Course: Energy Utility Basics

Co-Sponsored by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

October 26-30, 2009
Fluno Center, Madison, Wisconsin – Registration open to the public

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This is an annual foundation course, updated each year as technology, regulation, competition and markets evolve. The WPUI Basic Course for Energy Utilities was first offered in 1983. The Institute is proud to present this exceptional course.

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.

Who Should Attend

The energy industry has undergone substantial change—not the least of which is the hiring practice. 20 years ago new utility staff would start out learning the ropes by working up through the ranks. Now the industry finds hiring staff from other industries to be advantageous in this fast moving business environment—but this often means that they don’t have the full picture of the industry. This course is intended for anyone working in the energy industry including public interest groups, legislative staff, regulatory staff, state and local government personnel. It is intended for energy professionals who would like a better idea of how all the physical, financial and political pieces fit together.


Attendees will obtain practical, non-technical knowledge of the operations and technology of the natural gas and electricity industries from the ground to the customer’s bill.

Guest Lecturers

  • Enrique Bacalao - Alliant Energy
  • Jake Blanchard – UW – Madison College of Engineering
  • Chuck Callies - Dairyland Power Cooperative
  • Alan Carroll - UW-Madison
  • Bruce Chapman - Christensen Associates Energy Consulting
  • Ken Copp - American Transmission Company, LLC
  • Roman Draba – We Energies
  • Dan Hansen - Christensen Associates Energy Consulting
  • Theresa Hottenroth – Theresa M. Hottenroth, LLC
  • Kris Krause - We Energies
  • Jonathan KublerKubler Associates
  • Kathy Lipp - Alliant Energy
  • John Lorence – Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
  • Bill Malcolm - MISO
  • Paul Meier - UW -Energy Institute
  • Ron Mosnik - Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
  • Barbara  Nick - WPS Corporation
  • Kenric  Scheevel – Dairyland Power Coop.
  • Mary Schlaefer - WECC
  • John Schulze Jr. – American Transmission Company LLC
  • Mike Stuart - WPPI
  • Todd Stuart - Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group
  • Peter Taglia - Clean Wisconsin
  • Bobbi Tannenbaum - KEMA
  • Allen Williams, Jr - Foley & Lardner
  • Kevin Vesperman - Alliant Energy
  • Lisa Wood - EEI
  • Dan York - ACEEE
  • Ken Yagelski - Concentric Energy Advisors

Registration and Lodging

  • To register please click here.
  • For questions regarding registration, contact Cara Lee (Sam) Mahany Braithwait
  • To book a room at the UW’s Fluno Center, site of the program…
    • Call toll free (877) 773-5866 or click here to reserve your room online.
    • The Fluno Center is a short 15 minute taxi ride from the Dane County Regional Airport. For local travel information, click here.


** Monday – Friday noon

  • $2000.00 NON-MEMBER
  • $1100.00 NON-PROFIT, MEMBER
FOUR DAY PROGRAM: Electric Industry
** Monday – Thursday

  • $1700.00 NON-MEMBER
  • $950.00 NON-PROFIT, MEMBER

TWO DAY PROGRAM: Natural Gas Industry
** Thursday – Friday Only

  • $375.00 MEMBER
  • $600.00 NON-MEMBER
  • $275.00 NON-PROFIT, MEMBER


Please contact Sam at for any questions.

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