Regulatory Models, Version 2.0

July 21, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Pyle Center
University of Wisconsin: Pyle Center
702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
$75 for members, $125 for non-members
Lori Sakk

Draft Agenda

Regulatory Models, Version 2.0
New Players, New Rules

0.6 CEUs 

This program examines Minnesota’s e21 Initiative for revising the social contract between regulators and the regulated.  We will explore the use of performance-based regulation in both retail and wholesale markets, and we will look at different regulatory and business models that are being discussed in various states.

8:15-8:30          Registration check-in and welcome coffee

8:30-10:00        Minnesota’s e21 Initiative  — “The e21 Initiative aims to develop a more customer-centric and sustainable framework for utility regulation in Minnesota that better aligns how utilities earn revenue with public policy goals, new customer expectations, and the changing technology landscape. The initiative brings together key interests including utilities, consumer advocates, energy technology companies, other businesses, environmental and academic organizations, and government to accomplish this goal and enable Minnesota to continue to lead in shaping an electric system for the 21st century.”   Rolf Nordstrom, President and CEO, Great Plains Institute  Nordstrom presentation

10:00-10:15    Break

10:15-11:00     New Working Partnerships – What does the regulatory model look like that enables and encourages this kind of collaboration?

“Cities across the globe are using technology to not only improve services and infrastructure for citizens, but also address urban challenges – like energy and water usage, traffic, and waste.  They’re called smart cities – and Urbanova is one of the innovators in this movement, bringing together leaders in utility infrastructure, smart metering and communications, higher education, energy efficiency, population health, and urban planning to create a smart city technology proving ground in the heart of Spokane, Washington.”   Curt Kirkeby, Technology Strategist, Avista Utilities  Kirkeby presentation

11:00-11:30     Performance-based Regulation (PBR) from Telecom to the Energy Industry — Fifteen years ago, PBR, based on a telecom model, was kicked around as an option for the energy industry.  However, this model failed in application to the energy industry.  Now there is a resurgence of interest in this option.  Why now, and what challenges lie ahead?  Mark Meitzen, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting  Meitzen presentation

11:30-12:15         PBR in Retail Markets, Urbanova-style – Performance-based regulation asks, “What value do we want out of our utility system, and what are we willing to pay for it?”  In this session, we will review how PBR works and why it may be a workable model in the future for retail markets.  Michael O’Boyle, Power Sector Transformation Expert, Energy Innovation  O’Boyle presentation

12:15-1:00        Lunch

1:00-2:00          Compare and Contrast Other State Models

Questions that we will explore:

  1. What are the underlying principles that you are using in addressing model change?
  2. How will your plan provide value to all in the value chain?
  3. What have you tried that has worked, and what has not worked?

Panel discussions with presentations

Moderator:  Kira Loehr, Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie

Ellen Nowak, Chair, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin  Nowak presentation
Sadzi Oliva, Acting Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission Oliva presentation
Nick Wagner, Board Member, Iowa Utilities Board

2:00-2:30              Models for Rural Communities – Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives serve rural communities. They are owned and governed by their members. Cooperative members are interested in renewable energy for their homes, farms and businesses.  Learn about the policies, programs and projects that enable electric cooperatives of the Dairyland Power Cooperative system to respond to their members’ renewable energy interests and needs.  Craig Harmes, Manager of Business Development, Dairyland Power Cooperative  Harmes presentation


2:30-3:00               New Energy Initiatives in Wisconsin – Two new initiatives have been established to help grow the energy industry in Wisconsin. An overview of the recently completed “Supply Chain Opportunities in the Energy, Power, and Controls” report will be provided. This overview will include a brief demonstration of the Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace initiative. Furthermore, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the Wisconsin Biogas Council, including its development, goals, and future work.  Matthew Christman, Coordinator, Wisconsin Biogas Council

3:00-3:30              Understanding and Observing the True Nature of Destructive Competition: Analogies and implications for the electric utility industry At the outset, the products and services that will eventually disrupt a market are nearly always inferior to those offered by incumbents. But assuming that today’s inferior products cannot evolve is what allows disruptive competition to firmly take hold over time. As customer preferences shift and the products and services improve, the impact of the disruptors can ultimately be devastating for incumbent firms. Tracing the history of disruptive competition in other industries allows us to gain better insight as to the real long-run threats of competitive alternatives to grid service.   Steve Kihm, Principal and Chief Economist, Seventhwave

3:30                        Adjourn



Note: The following programs have been designed as a series:

  • June 28, 2017 — The Regulatory and Rates “Tango”
  • July 21, 2017 — Regulatory Models, Version 2.0
  • Sept. 28, 2017 — Gas’s Pipeline to Sustainability
  • Oct. 26, 2017 — Powering a More Electric Economy

Registering for all four programs qualifies the registrant for a discounted registration fee. Registration for the series may be shared by up to four employees of the same organization. If you would like to inquire about this discounted fee, please email Sara at



Your registration fee includes printed materials, welcome coffee, breaks, and lunch. CEU certificates are available upon request.

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