Public Utilities Law Update 2020

March 4, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm

pyle center
702 langdon st.
madison wi


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This annual program highlights the regulatory and legislative changes over the past year. It will include presentations from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin as well as from attorneys familiar with those recent changes.

Sponsored by the Public Utilities Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Draft Agenda


8:30-9:00              Registration check-in and networking

9:00-10:00           Annual Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and Legislative Update
Cynthia Smith, General Counsel, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin   Smith Presentation
Zach Ramirez, Assistant General Counsel, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin  
Ramirez Presentation

10:00-10:35         Municipal Law Update
Richard Heinemann, Attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP   Heinemann Presentation

10:35-10:45         Break

10:45-11:35          Legal Ethics Issues for State Utility Regulation Practitioners
John Ratnaswamy, Attorney, The Law Office of John Ratnaswamy, LLC   Ratnaswamy Presentation

11:35-12:05          Water Law Update
Lawrie Kobza, Attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP   Kobza Presentation

12:05-1:15           Networking Lunch – Women in Energy

Rebecca Cameron Valcq Chairperson, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Ave Bie, Partner, Quarles & Brady; Chairperson, NYISO
Valerie Herring, Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister
Kira Loehr, Partner, Perkins Coie
Kate Phillips, Legal Counsel, WEC Energy Group
Cari Anne Renlund, Vice President and General Counsel, Madison Gas and Electric
Kari Valley, Managing Senior Corporate Counsel, MISO

1:15-2:15           Transitioning Wisconsin’s Fleet, Part I: Retirement of Existing Power Plant Assets

Brian Potts, Partner, Perkins Coie

Scott Blankman, Director for Energy and Air Programs, Clean Wisconsin
Deb Erwin, Manager, Regulatory Policy, Xcel Energy
Jeff Ripp, Director, Regulatory Strategies and Solutions, Alliant Energy    Ripp Slides
Joe Wilson, Partner, Quarles & Brady

2:15-2:30           Break

2:30-3:30            Transitioning Wisconsin’s Fleet, Part II: Replacement Capacity and Energy Options – Wind, Solar, Natural Gas, and Storage

Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin

Kathryn Erwin, Development – Central Region, EDP Renewables   Erwin Slides
Daniel Litchfield, Director, Renewable Development, Invenergy   Litchfield Slides
Ken Schlimgen, Manager of Market Operations, Trading & Wholesale Power, Dairyland Power Cooperative   Schlimgen Slide

3:30-4:00         Utility ROW Law Update
Jessica Shrestha, Attorney, Wheeler Van Sickle & Anderson, S.C.   Shrestha Presentation

4:00                   Adjourn/Networking


Your fee will include breaks and lunch.
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).


The Pyle Center at UW Madison
The Pyle Center at UW Madison


completed 2020 programs

February 21

Members-Only Webex: Economic Overview Regarding the Energy Industry

March 25

Natural Gas – Web conference


Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals 2020: Background, Purpose, Future – Web conference series

September 8

Emerging Technologies – Web conference


Energy Utility Basics 2020 – Multi-day web conference

October 21

Water Affordability – Web conference