grid modernization

March 1, 2018

8:30am – 3:30pm

pyle center
702 langdon st.
madison wi

What exactly does “grid modernization” mean?

What is happening at the state, regional and national levels?

What impacts will this have for Wisconsin, regionally, and nationally?

Pyle Center
The Pyle Center


8:15-8:30        Registration check-in

8:30-8:45        Highlights on the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin’s Work on Grid Modernization — The PSCW conducted a survey last fall that showed the top five priorities of stakeholders on grid modernization. Chairperson Nowak will outline the PSCW’s goals for grid modernization in 2018.   Ellen Nowak, Chairperson, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin   Nowak presentation

8:45-9:45        An Overview of the Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative and their Multi-Year Program Plan — This session will encompass a summary of the overall Department of Energy Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium and the status of its multi-year plan, including a specific focus on the interoperability work area and objectives. As it becomes increasingly clear that changes in the industry are needed, what will these new business models for interoperability at the distribution level look like?
Michael Kintner-Meyer, Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, Department of Energy   Kintner-Meyer presentation

9:45-10:00       Break

10:00-11:00     Regulatory and Public Policy Implications of Grid Modernization: MISO’s Efforts on Grid Modernization — Hear about MISO’s “work to develop a long-term plan to address changing system needs in light of an evolving resource mix.”  Laura Rauch, Director, Resource Adequacy Coordination, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)   Rauch presentation

11:00-12:00       State Policy Actions on Grid Modernization — Results of GridWise Alliance’s fourth Modernization Index will be discussed, including key findings on various state efforts to modernize the grid, as well as how GridWise Alliance’s efforts align with evolving national priorities — Steve Hauser, CEO, GridWise Alliance   Hauser presentation

12:00-1:00       Lunch

1:00-2:00        Making the Right Investment — New technologies are hitting the market rapidly. What are the right investments to make in new technology, and is there such a thing as a guaranteed payback? What needs to be done to facilitate the interconnection of customer-owned distributed energy resources? Baskar Vairamohan, Senior Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)   Vairamohan presentation

2:00-2:15         Break

2:15-2:30         Interconnected Distributed Energy Resources in Wisconsin — Deb Erwin, Manager, Regulatory Policy, Xcel Energy, on behalf of Wisconsin Distributed Resources Collaborative (WIDRC)    Erwin presentation

2:30-3:30        Where Do We Go from Here?  Practical Implications for Utilities — Panel discussion

Moderator:      Deb Erwin


  • Jerry Iverson, Transmission Strategist, Dairyland Power Cooperativ
  • Adam Manty, Transmission Planning Engineer, American Transmission Company
  • Martin Day, Division Administrator, Energy Regulation, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
  • Jeff Ripp, Director of Regulatory Affairs – Wisconsin and Regional, Alliant Energy
  • Theodore Bohn, Electrical Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

3:30                     Adjourn


Your registration fee includes breaks and lunch.