Trends in Market Capital for the Energy Industry

July 12, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Room 235, Pyle Center
University of Wisconsin: Pyle Center
702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
$75 Members, $125 Non-Members
Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait

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Market Inflection Drivers for Electricity: Tracking the Trends 

Part 2 in this four-part series which explores the physical, investment, pricing and customer effects of a market undergoing massive change.

Trends: Who, what, why and where are trends in the industry happening?  What are the predictions for the trends? What does past history suggest?  

Capital Markets — Are we approaching, or are we at, an inflection point?




8:45 – 9:00am           Welcome Coffee/Tea

9:00 – 9:30am           Current Approach to Overseeing Adequate Access to Capital for Wisconsin UtilitiesEnrique Bacalao, Economist Advanced, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

9:30 – 9:45am           Discussion — Is the Current Process Ready for Coping with New Market Requirements?  Facilitated by Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, WPUI

9:45 – 10:30am         Trends and Inflection Points Facing Utility Companies in the Equity Markets:  Investor-Base Changes, Risk Reallocation, Portfolio TransitionsDavid E. Parker, Principal Energy Consultant, DnL Insights, LLC

10:30 – 10:45am      Discussion — Are Current Management and Regulatory Practices in Investor Relations Adequate in the Face of Expected Changes Among Existing and Potential Equity Investors?  Facilitated by Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait

10:45 – 11:00am       Break

11:00 – 11:30am        Trends, Inflection Points and Challenges Facing Utility Companies in the Credit Markets — Laura Schumacher, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer and Global Project & Infrastructure Finance, Moody’s

11:30 – 12:00pm        Senior Management’s Role in Addressing Changes and Challenges, and Credibly Explaining the Company’s Approach and Track Record in Addressing Them to Existing and Potential Investors Scott Lauber, Chief Financial Officer, WEC Energy Group

12:00 – 12:15PM        Discussion — Are Current Management and Regulatory Practices in Investor Relations Adequate in the Face of Expected Changes Among Existing and Potential Fixed-Income Investors?  Facilitated by Jordan Hemaidan, Attorney, Michael Best & Friedrich

12:15 – 12:45pm        Lunch

12:45 – 1:15pm          Are You Risk Savvy?  Common Misconceptions About Risk and How That Can Hurt You Steve Kihm, Principal & Chief Economist, Seventhwave

1:15 – 1:45pm            Drivers of the Utility SectorKevin Spellman, Senior Lecturer, Finance, and Director, Investment Management Certificate Program, UW-Milwaukee

1:45 – 2:00pm           Discussion — Drivers of the Utility Sector –  Facilitated by Jordan Hemaidan

2:00 – 3:00pm           Discussion — What Are the Implications of These Anticipated Changes and Challenges for Future Public Utility Investments and Rates?  Perspectives from Large Investors, Regulators, Distributed Resource Providers, and Traditional Utilities – Open Discussion led by Ed Marion, Attorney, formerly with Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. Participants include Scott Lauber; David Parker; Enrique Bacalao; John Clancy, Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn

3:00pm                       Program Concludes

Your registration fee includes materials, meals/breaks and access to materials on our website post-program.


Our Keynote Speaker

Senior Utility Analyst at Robert W. Baird
Dave Parker, Senior Utility Analyst at Robert W. Baird







Keynote:  Dave Parker

Senior Utility Analyst at Robert W. Baird


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