Transmission: Why and How Did We Get Here… and Where is Regulation Going?

Transmission: Why and How Did We Get Here… and Where is Regulation Going?

July 19, 2012

Room 2180, Mechanical Engineering
1513 University Ave.

Program Description:
This roundtable discussion will focus on several key questions related to transmission planning in Wisconsin and the Midwest region, including:Registration is limited to 25 participants to encourage discussion. While each session has a featured presenter, we welcome and encourage questions and comments from all attendees.


8:30  – 9:00

How did we get to today? – A history of transmission in Wisconsin and the region (pre-WWII to today) 

  • Featured presenter: Terry Nicolai, Alliant Energy

9:00  – 9:30 

State influences and roles in planning/regulation of transmission

  • Featured presenter: Diane Ramthun, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

9:30- 9:45  


9:45 – 10:30

The status of Smart Grid in Wisconsin

  • Featured presenter: Scott Adams, American Transmission Company
  • Open discussion on questions such as:
    • To what extent are smart grid technologies for power system monitoring already deployed at the transmission level? How are they currently being used in operations?
    • Will smart grid technologies make regional transmission planning easier to conduct? Are there information-sharing barriers that should be considered?

10:30 – 11:30

Challenges to transmission expansion – The public’s role

  • Featured presenter: Sarah Justus, American Transmission Company
  • Discussion featuring Charlie Higley, Citizens Utility Board; Todd Stuart, Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group and others



12:00 – 1:30

Briefing on FERC Orders 890 and 1000 regarding transmission planning – History and regional trends

  • Overview by Robert Camfield, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting
  • Initial Responses: Jeremiah Doner, Midwest ISO, Scott Adams, ATC
  • Open Discussion: What do these FERC orders mean for the Midwest?
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