Public Utilities Law Update 2016

March 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 1:45 pm
The Pyle Center
University of Wisconsin: Pyle Center
702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait (Sam)

Public Utilities Law Update 2016

A Review of PSCW Cases and Activities,

and a Discussion of the Clean Power Plan


9:00-9:05 – Introduction

Tom Miller, Milwaukee Assistant City Attorney

9:05-10:05 – Annual Update of Activities at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Cynthia Smith, PSCW Chief Legal Counsel

What’s New:

  • Administrative Update:
    • Staffing and Operations
    • Process and Procedure
      • Status of Wis. Admin. Code ch. PSC 2 revisions
  • Rulemaking and Legislative Update
    • Recently Enacted legislative rules and pending rulemaking dockets
    • New proposed and/or enacted legislation impacting utility regulation
  • Litigation Update
    • Update on recent and pending court cases involving the PSCW

Hot topics in 2015 and what to watch for in 2016

  • Rate Cases
  • Distributed Generation
  • Construction


Cynthia Smith

Cynthia Smith

10:05-10:35 – Municipal Law Updates

Anita Gallucci, Boardman & Clark LLP

10:35-10:50 Break

Anita Gallucci

Anita Gallucci

10:50-11:50  Special Topics in Energy Law: Wisconsin Utilities
and the Clean Power Plan

Moderated by Kira Loehr, Foley and Lardner


• Andrew Kellen, WPPI Energy
• Kathleen Standen, WEC Energy Group
• Keith Reopelle, Clean Wisconsin
• Todd Palmer, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Kira Loehr, of Foley and Lardner, to moderate a panel discussion on Wisconsin Utilities and the Clean Power Plan  March 1, 2016

Kira Loehr, of Foley and Lardner

11:50-12:30 – Water Law Updates
Lawrie Kobza, Boardman & Clark LLP
Lawrie Kobza

Lawrie Kobza

12:45-1:45 – Lunch with Speaker: Ellen Nowak, Chair, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin


Commissioner Nowak’s presentation will focus on a current snapshot of important issues facing our state’s utilities from the perspective of a regulator. Topics will include changes in the industry that may affect the delivery of affordable, reliable, environmentally sound and safe utility services in Wisconsin.

Ellen Nowak

Ellen Nowak

 1:45 – Program Concludes



Parking in the Lake Street Ramp
Fee includes materials, breaks and lunch $125
5 CLEs available
For more information, please contact Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait
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