Powering a More Electric Economy

October 26, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
The Pyle Center
702 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53706
$75 for members, $125 for non-members
Lori Sakk

 Draft Agenda

Powering a More Electric Economy
Use More, Emit Less. Possible?
0.6 CEU

Can (or should) we increase our dependence on electricity in order to reduce emissions? This may seem counter-intuitive, until you think about how renewables and end-uses like electric vehicles and other equipment can fit into a new power dispatch plan that provides more utility to renewable resources.  Although EVs may be the first big change to reduce emissions in the transportation sector, we will look at how other electrification options may play a role in overall emission reduction.

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

8:30-9:15             U.S. National Electrification Assessment A national view of electrification in the U.S. based on EPRI’s (and all their utility members’) work in the U.S.  — Geoff Blanford, Technical Executive, Energy and Environmental Analysis, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)   Blanford presentation

9:15-9:30            Break

9:30-10:15           Efficient Electrification:  Cost-effective Technology, Emission Reductions, Low Consumer Costs –  EPRI’s research of cost-effective technologies that provide environmental and customer benefits from “increased productivity, fuel and operational savings, support emission reductions, water savings and safety.” — Allen Dennis, Sr. Program Manager, Electrification for Customer Productivity, EPRI    Dennis presentation

10:15-10:30        Comprehensive Approach to Sustainable Energy Solutions, and Incentives to Support Implementation of Efficient Electrification – Highlights on what Alliant Energy has done from an education, program-related standpoint to increase customer awareness of efficient electric technologies, remove barriers to implementation, and help reduce customers’ carbon emissions. Alliant Energy incentives available to help with ROI will also be outlined.  Gilbert Nuñez, Manager Business Support and Development, Alliant Energy    Nunez presentation

10:30-10:45         Break

10:45-11:30          New Electric Technologies that Improve Efficiency – Feasible in Wisconsin? What are the challenges of new technologies seeking to compete with mature technologies? Can they coexist? Are these technologies even feasible options in Wisconsin?  Gary Ambach, Director of Business Development, Seventhwave    Ambach presentation

11:30-12:15         Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Issues — During this session you will hear about what MGE’s transportation electrification efforts entail, as well as better understand the potential impact of EVs on the distribution system.  Debbie Branson, New Market Manager, MGE; Theodore Bohn, Electrical Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory    Branson presentation  and   Bohn presentation

12:15-1:00           Lunch

1:00-1:30             VW Environmental Settlement – What are the parameters? This session will provide information about the consent decree between VW and the EPA which sets up a trust from which states can request money for particular types of projects, such as converting vehicles to CNG or electric.  Anna Wildeman, Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice    Wildeman presentation

1:30-2:15             Madison’s 100% Renewable Energy, Net-zero Carbon Goal – The City of Madison has contracted with a consulting firm, Sustainable Engineering Group, “to develop a plan for city operations to achieve goals of 100% renewable energy and net-zero carbon emissions.” Learn more about the goals and approach for this study.  Manus McDevitt, Founding Principal, Sustainable Engineering Group LLC    McDevitt presentation

2:15-2:30             Break

2:30-3:30             Regulatory Barriers – Interactive Panel Discussion — What regulatory approaches can be taken to incentivize emissions-efficient electrification strategies, and how might current incentive structures be hindering such adoption?

Moderator:  Arthur Harrington, Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Allen Dennis, Sr. Program Manager, Electrification for Customer Productivity, EPRI

Gilbert Nuñez, Manager Business Support and Development, Alliant Energy
Gary Ambach,Director of Business Development, Seventhwave
Manus McDevitt, Founding Principal, Sustainable Engineering Group LLC
Scott R. Smith, Senior Director Business and Regulatory Strategy, MGE

3:30                     Adjourn



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

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