2015 Programs

Combined Heat and Power
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

This program is co-sponsored by the Dept. of Administration and the State Energy Office

If the state embarks on an initiative to accelerate the adoption of CHP and industrial operational efficiency, and, if the utilities were put in charge of the program, what might the program look like?

9:30 – 9:50  DOA/SEO Program objectives—what will the DOA/SEO do with the stakeholder work and future plans for this work?  | Kevin Vesperman and Amanda Mott, DOA

9:55 – 10:20| Anne Hampson, ICF International

  • Benefits of CHP from an environmental and economic perspective

  • Utility experiences – What makes a good business case for CHP

  • Lessons learned from incentive programs

10:25 – 10:40 Experience for contracting CHP across Wisconsin | Randy Bertram, WMEP

10:45 – 11:00 Utility experience in contracting CHP | Rob Benninghoff, WPS

11:05 – 11:30 Open discussion on barriers and opportunities as outlined by three previous speakers

11:30 – 12:30  Panel Discussion

In this session, we will explore how operational efficiency and moves to add such enhancements as CHP can lead to new production and thus new load.  The example will be drawn from current efforts: What needs to happen to ensure that this kind of effort is a benefit to utilities and stakeholders?

  • Small/mid-size rural farm perspective | Dale Olson, USEMCO/Peters Farm

  • Financial success and potential resource recovery centers | Chris Lefebvre, Stevens Point WWTP

  • Phosphorus, etc. | Paul Nehm, Madison WWTP

  • Tribal/Industry | Charlie Opferman, Potawatomi Digester

  • Matt Cole | Big Ox Energy

  • Joel Laubenstein | Baker Tilly

12:30 – 1:00  Lunch

Technical and Contracting Options

1:00 – 1:30 Utility CHP Contracting | Tim Baye, Professor Business Developments, State Energy Specialist

1:30 – 1:50 CHP Technology Changes and Applications | Jeff Ihnen, Michaels Energy

1:50 – 2:10 Is there something here of interest? Discussion

2:10 – 2:50 We will divide the attendees into two groups: CHP or Operational Energy Efficiency.

Questions will include:

What benefits do you (utility, public interest, customer)  see from adoption of these technologies ?

What are the downsides?

Are there policies that help the state move forward with these technologies?

Are there policies that stand in the way?

What would make you (utility, public interest, customer) welcome this change?

What would make you not welcome this change?

2:50 – 3:15 View other team’s work

3:30 – 4:00  Return to group and discuss findings on flip charts and any issues placed into a “parking lot” topic.

Can we find some common ground for further discussion:

  • Anything needs further investigation on possibility—if so, who and timeline

  • Closing comments from  participants, SEO/DOA

Site Location

Pyle Center, Lake and Langdon, Parking in the Lake Street Ramp

Energy, Telecommunications, and Water Law Update 2015
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

This program is Co-Sponsored by the Public Utilities Section

2015 Presentations

Program Description: An update of notable regulatory and legal cases, statuses, and administrative code provisions impacting practitioners in the energy, telecommunications and water arena in the year 2014.

Who Should Attend: Those interested in PSCW activities, energy and telecommunications law attorneys, water attorneys, municipal attorneys, and environmental attorneys.

Key Takeaways: Gain understanding of key developments in energy, telecommunications and water regulation; Explore recent happenings in the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin; Learn about changes in electric technologies and state reforms.


9:00 – 9:05 – Introduction | Bryan Kleinmaier, Partner, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP

9:05-10:00 – Overview of Changes at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin | Cynthia Smith, Chief Legal Counsel at the PSCW

10:00-10:25 – Telecommunications Law Updates | Mike Varda, PSCW Office of General Counsel & Judd Genda, Partner, Axley Brynelson in Madison

10:25-10:40 – Break

10:40 – 11:20 – Energy Law Updates | Kira Loehr, Executive Director and General Counsel, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin, Inc., PSCW case updates & David Gilles, Godrey and Kahn, State and Federal legislative and case updates

11:20-11:50 – Municipal Law Updates | Anita Gallucci, Partner, Boardman and Clark LLP

11:50 – 12:20 – PSCW Water Regulatory Law Updates | Lawrie Kobza, Partner, Boardman and Clark LLP

12:20-1:40 – Lunch with Speaker, Changing Electric Technologies and State Reforms | Lauren Azar, Attorney, Azar Law LLC

1:40-2:00 – Questions and Answers

2:00 – Program concludes

The Undiluted Cost of Energy and Water
Jun 25 @ 8:15 am – 4:00 pm


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Draft Agenda

  8:15 – 8:30 


 8:30 – 9:30

Keynote:  Slide Show:  Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency

9:30 – 9:45

The State of our State

vesperman powerpoint Kevin Vesperman, Administrator, DOA – Division of Energy Services: New and upcoming requirements for clean water and storm water in Wisconsin.

The Role of Water and Energy

Slide Show:  Victoria Pebbles, Program Director, Great Lakes Commission:  A regional understanding of the water/energy relationship.

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:45

From Rainfall to Outfall and the Embedded Costs to Fill Your Glass

Harrington powerpoint Greg Harrington, UW Madison Professor: The energy costs associated with moving, treating, metering, and removing water all to result in a glass of clean water.

11:45 – 12:15 Lunch

 12:15 – 12:30

The Drivers of Change in Water Rates

jeff stone powerpoint Jeff Stone, Division Administrator for Water Compliance and Consumer Affairs, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

12:30 – 1:00

Water Efficiency in the 21st Century—Wisconsin’s efforts to use our resource wisely

denise schmidt powerpoint  Denise Schmidt, Water Conservation Coordinator Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

1:00 – 1:15 Break

 1:15 – 2:30

The Municipal’s Role—A Panel Discussion

Each speaker can have up to 15 minutes.  This will be followed by open discussion.

  • bielanski powerpoint  Andy Bielanski, EPA — Resiliency (and security) and the need for re-thinking our water infrastructure
  • Robin Schmidt powerpoint presentation  Robin Schmidt, DNR — Green Project Financial Support from the DNR/EPA and help for smaller system programs
  • Lawrie Kobza, Boardman and Clark, LLP—Best techniques for capital planning

Case Study Panel

Mike Davis powerpoint Mike Davis, Middleton City Administrator.  New rates to incorporate costs associated with an innovative water conservation program 

3:15 – 4:00

A Water Utility Prepared for the Future

heikkinen powerpoint Tom Heikkinen, General Manager, Madison Water Utility

  • New Meters, Rates, and Conservation
    • Water Infrastructure – What’s in the Pipeline

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Energy Utility Basics 2015
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm

Current Detail Agenda for 2015  EUB 2015 draft Agenda         REDA

Energy Utility Basics is an intensive course on the fundamental concepts critical to being conversant in today’s energy industry. Course content is updated yearly as technology, regulation, competition and markets evolve.  WPUI has proudly presented this exceptional course each fall since 1983.

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.  The dedicated gas course begins Thursday at noon and continues until mid-Day Friday

Benefits: Attendees will obtain practical knowledge of the operations and technology of the natural gas and electricity industries from extraction, whether from the ground or renewables, to the customer’s bill. Course registration covers a field trip to a natural gas power plant, daily lunches and breaks, printed course materials and UW-Madison CEU certification. CLE credits will be applied for.

Who Should Attend: The energy industry has undergone substantial changes – including changes in hiring practices. Twenty years ago, new utility staff would start out learning the ropes by working up through the ranks. In today’s fast-moving business environment, it is often advantageous to hire staff from other industries, bringing in outside talent that doesn’t yet have a working knowledge of the energy industry. Energy Utility Basics is intended for anyone working in the energy industry, including public interest groups, legislative staff, regulatory staff, state and local government personnel. The course is for energy professionals who want a better grasp of how all the technological, financial and political pieces of the energy puzzle fit together. Registration is open to the public

What others have said:

“I came in new to the industry wanting to learn about how energy is made, distributed, and transmitted. I am leaving with a better understanding of all that and more.”

“The good mix of speakers and audience made for an excellent atmosphere to understand a complex industry from all angles.”

“I wish I could have taken this course right away when I entered the utility industry.”

“I appreciate the care in progressively building on the modules.”

“Plenty of beneficial information, good speakers.”

“As someone with only a couple years of utility experience, this was a great foundation”

“Covered as many of the topics as possible in an entertaining and informative way – could have been very boring, but it wasn’t.  Nice work!”

“Excellent overview and well-planned program.”

“Delivery of complex information in an easy to digest manner.”

“I loved getting to see the operators and getting to touch and see how it all works at the power plant”

“Variety of speakers, all were knowledgeable and able to break down the subject matter for those with a limited knowledge of the industry.”


October 5: Electricity  Industry Structure

Why a regulated monopoly? Who’s regulated, why and how: The Federal and State Perspective

  • Federal Roles, Rules, Spheres of Influence:  FERC and EPA
  • The Public Service Commission-Roles and Rules, Balance of Power
  • Transmission-The Overlooked Connection Until 1970
  • A Day in the Life of a Regional Transmission Organization:  A Primer
  • Utility Company Models-Presentations and Panel Discussion

October 6: Electricity  Industry Operations

From Heat to Electricity – How we make Electricity in the U.S.

  • Field Identification Guide to the Electric Industry
  • A Day in the Life of a Distribution Company
  • A Day in the Life of a Transmission Operator
  • Field Trip: Co-Generation Power Plant

October 7: Ratemaking for Electric and Gas Companies

What Drives Utility Stock Prices? What (Should) Keep Utility Execs Awake at Night?

  • Basics of Rate Setting
  • Dynamic Pricing and Demand Response
  • New Models for Pricing
  • Declining Revenues and Rate Response

October 8: Low to No Carbon Options

Work Done Without (or with a small) Carbon Footprint

  • Nuclear Future—The Base Load of the Future?
  • Balancing your Resource and Financial Portfolios
  • Where, How and Why Energy is Used in the US
  • Renewables Panel

October 9: The New/Old Kid on the Block: Gas

What Everyone Ought to Know About Gas

  • Providing Natural Gas Service-Wholesale
  • Providing Natural Gas Service-Retail
  • Gas Physical and Financial Markets

Institute Member   $1,450.00
Non-Member  $2,250.00
Government (Non-Utility)    $700.00
Non-Profit, Member    $1,200.00
Non-Profit, Non-Member    $1,550.00

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/nxtzoow

Accommodations: Graduate Madison

Room Rate:  $149

Deluxe Rooms includes amenities such as transportation to and from the Madison Airport, hot breakfast and more.

Parking is available for hotel guests

Additional Parking available in Lot 46 (Lake & Johnson St Ramps at 301 N. Lake St.)

Click here for map and more info

Energy Expressway
Nov 13 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Are you interested in energy, transportation, or sustainability issues? Or are you wondering what the future is for transportation and how close we are to it? Would you like to learn more about topics ranging from how Hyperloop plans on creating a new form of transportation to what the next form of energy is going to be that will power cars? If so, please consider attending the annual UW Energy Hub conference, “Energy Expressway” on Friday, November 13th, 2015.

Topics include:

  • Scope of the problem
  • Transportation of the future – Hyperloop
  • Efforts to increase fuel efficiency and find alternative energy sources
  • How oil and natural gas prices influence on transportation system
  • Electric vehicle revolution and storage systems


7:30 – 8:30 am Registration and coffee

8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome to E­Hub Conference

8:45 – 9:35 am Intro Opening Speaker

9:35 – 9:45 am Q&A intro speaker

9:45 – 10:00 am Student Prizes

10:00 – 10:15 am Break

10:15 – 10:45 am First Panel

10:45 – 11:30 am Q&A for panel

11:30 – 11:45 pm Student prizes


11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch

12:45 – 1 pm Return to Hall—Open with Student Prizes

1:00 – 1:30 pm Speaker

1:30 – 1:45 pm Q&A

1:45 – 2:15 pm Break and Poster Session

2:15 – 2:45 pm Second Panel

2:45 – 3:15 pm Q&A Panel

3:15 – 4:00 pm Keynote

4:00 – 4:15 pm Q&A final

4:15 pm Poster winner announced, prizes and invitation to the Reception

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