Utility Partnerships with Non-Utilities

February 26, 2019

10:00am – 3:30pm

0.5 CEUs

pyle center
702 langdon st.
madison wi

Local governments have a stake and increasing role in determining energy policy.
This program will provide an overview and discussion of best practices
and examples of how these partnerships work.

draft agenda

9:45-10:00         Registration check-in

10:00-11:30       City-Utility Partnerships: Power Couples — City and utility partnerships provide a dynamic connection that promotes sustainability, economic benefit, and shared energy goals.
Kelly Crandall, Manager, State and Local Policy, Institute for Market Transformation   Crandall presentation

11:30-12:15         Networking Lunch

12:15-1:15            Utilities and Local Governments: Shared Goals and Sustainable Projects — Hear from some of the experts on what industry leaders are doing to collaborate on and implement sustainable projects while ensuring reliability.

Greg Bollom, Assistant Vice President and Regulatory Consultant, Madison Gas and Electric

Deborah Erwin, Manager, Regulatory Policy, Xcel Energy
Jeanne Hoffman, Facilities and Sustainability Manager, City of Madison
Ned Noel, Associate Planner, AICP, City of Eau Claire
Keith Reopelle, Director, Office of Energy and Climate Change, Dane County

1:15-1:45              Role of the Regulator — Does it need to change, or does the current model work? The regulator’s role regarding partnerships between utilities and non-utilities is not often immediately clear. Hear from the regulator’s perspective on what their role is and how it is evolving.  Martin Day, Administrator, Divison of Energy Regulation, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin    Day presentation

1:45-2:00             Break

2:00-3:30            Multiple Municipalities Collaboration — Seven regional municipalities are teaming up to develop comprehensive energy plans and actionable strategies for achieving energy goals. Learn how these municipalities are working together with utilities and Slipstream (Energy Innovators, Seventhwave, and WECC have recently joined forces to create Slipstream) to identify innovative approaches achievable due to economies of scale from a multi-city partnership.

Jeannette LeZaks, Senior Researcher, Slipstream

Abby Attoun, Director of Community Development, City of Middleton
Brad Bruun, Project Manager/GIS Specialist, City of Monona
Ellen Geisler, Sustainability Specialist, City of Fitchburg
Cory Neeley, Energy Services Representative, WPPI Energy
Adam Ruechel, Administrator/Treasurer, Village of Marshall

3:30                        Adjourn


Your registration fee includes breaks, lunch, and materials.


The Pyle Center at UW Madison
The Pyle Center at UW Madison
This program is supported by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.