2017 Programs

Public Utilities Section State Bar Meeting 2017
Mar 1 @ 7:30 am – 2:00 pm

Public Utilities Section State Bar Meeting

4.5 CLEs available.

Draft Agenda


Breakfast Presentation (8th Floor Skyview Banquest Room):

7:30-8:00              Buffet Breakfast Served in Skyview Room, 8th Floor

8:00-8:45              Breakfast Program Special Guest Speaker:

                               Scott Hempling, Preside or Lead? The Attributes and Actions of Effective Regulators”

** A copy of his book by this title will be given to each Breakfast Presentation attendee. **

Scott Hempling

Scott Hempling

Main Program (Auditorium):

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Cynthia Smith

Cynthia Smith


Alex Mahfood

Alex Mahfood

9:00-9:05              Welcome and Introduction

Alex Mahfood, Assistant General Counsel, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

9:05-10:05           Annual update of activities at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Cynthia Smith, General Counsel, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Presentation



Lawrie Kobza

Lawrie Kobza

Anita Gallucci

Anita Gallucci

10:05-10:25         Municipal Law Updates

Anita Gallucci, Attorney, Boardman & Clark LLC   Presentation

10:25-10:35         Break

10:35-11:00         Water Law Updates

Lawrie Kobza, Attorney, Boardman & Clark LLC   Presentation


11:00-11:50         Presentation by Scott Hempling: Regional Resource Planning

11:50-12:00         Break


12:00-1:00           Panel Discussion: Issues in Regional Resource Planning

Lauren Azar

Lauren Azar

John Moore

John Moore

Moderated by Scott Hempling



Bill Malcolm

Bill Malcolm

John Carr

John Carr



1:00-2:00              Networking Lunch

2:00                        Program Concludes


Program includes buffet breakfast, lunch and breaks, printed materials and, for those who attend Scott Hempling’s breakfast presentation, a copy of his book, Preside or Lead? The Attributes and Actions of Effective Regulators.”

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Parking is available in the garage under Fluno and next door in UW Southeast Campus Ramp at Lake St. and W. Johnson St.




This program is hosted by the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute. WPUI is not responsible for the content of this program. Each presentation is the intellectual property of the listed author(s).



Washington Briefing
Mar 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Mark Your Calendar!

March 20, 2017, 8:00-9:30 am

Washington Briefing

The Pyle Center, Madison WI

Pyle Center 2017 








Sponsored by Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Hosted by the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute

Join Michael Best & Friedrich LLP for a special briefing from Washington D.C. about energy and environmental policy implementation within the new federal administration and Congress.

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Madison WI is pleased to welcome two Michael Best Strategies Partners from its Washington, D.C., office for this unique opportunity. Denise Bode and Tom Schreibel will bring their experience and expertise to bear in this informative session.  Following their presentation will be time for discussion about what the changes in EPA and DOE may mean for Wisconsin.

The presenters:Denise Bode

Denise Bode:  Attorney and partner with Michael Best Strategies, former chair of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, former CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, and a former tax counsel to a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Denise was also the CEO of the American Clean Skies Foundation where she worked with the wind, solar and natural gas industries and the environmental community to explore options for assembling a portfolio approach to address generation that can provide clean energy and air in a carbon-challenged environment.

Tom Schreibel

Tom Schreibel:  Partner with Michael Best Strategies. Prior to joining Strategies, Tom served as vice president of government and industry affairs at Sheehan Family Companies, a national beverage distribution company. There he developed and executed strategies surrounding the company’s business practices, managed tracking of relevant policy activity for 15 state legislatures and Washington, D.C., and managed relationships and communication with industry leaders, legislators, and elected officials.


 Moderated by:

Eric Callisto

Eric Callisto:  Partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Eric is known for his extensive experience in energy and environmental matters, particularly the regulation of utilities at both the state and federal levels. Previously he served as chair of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, president of the Organization of MISO States (OMS), and was a member of the NARUC Board of Directors. He also served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute.


Registration Required:  www.wpui.org

Registration Fees:  Free to WPUI members, $35.00 for non-members.

Registration includes any printed materials and a welcome coffee.

Parking is available at the City of Madison State Street Campus Garage with entrances at 415 N. Lake St. and 430 N. Frances St.


This program is hosted by the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute.
WPUI is not responsible for the content of this program. Each presentation is the intellectual property of the listed author(s).
Energy Utility Basics 2017
Oct 9 @ 8:00 am – Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm

Endorsed by NARUC 


11.5 WI CLEs granted; CEUs will be given.


 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.”


Draft Agenda

October 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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

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

Accommodations: Graduate Madison

Room Rate:  $169 – $179

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

Parking is available for hotel guests.

Parking may be available in UW-Madison Lot 46 and in the City of Madison State Street Campus Garage at 415 N. Lake St.