March 7, 2023
9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Central
High energy burdens are a continuous challenge for an increasing number of households. This program will explore what developments are happening to address this issue and what initiatives are being implemented at the national, state, and local levels. National experts will weigh in on the effectiveness of existing programs and how gaps might be addressed.
9:00 Welcome Remarks
Karl Hoesly, President, Xcel Energy-Wisconsin and Michigan, WPUI Vice Chair
9:10-10:00 How High Are Household Energy Burdens? – An Assessment of National and Metropolitan Energy Burden across the United States
Roxana Ayala, Research Analyst, Local Policy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Stefen Samarripas, Senior Manager, Local Policy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
10:00-10:50 State-Level Action on Energy Affordability – Hear about the initiatives state regulatory agencies are implementing to address affordability and the energy burden.
Rebecca Cameron Valcq, Chair, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Eric Blank, Chair, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Tremaine Phillips, Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission
Mark Thompson, Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission
Carrie Zalewski, Chair, Illinois Commerce Commission
11:00-11:50 Assessing the Data: Utilizing existing data and assessing strategies for collaboration to get to solutions.
Alex Dunn, Director, Illume Advising
Emily Morris, Senior Consultant, Illume Advising
Leith Nye, Senior Consultant, Illume Advising
12:00-12:50 Affordability and Equity: The intersection with energy efficiency – Utility initiatives to better target the under-served.
Tom Content, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin
Chandra Farley, Chief Sustainability Office, City of Atlanta Georgia
Michael Greiveldinger, Director, Regulatory & Wholesale Customer Affairs, Alliant Energy
Maddie Koolbeck, Senior Researcher, Slipstream Group, Inc.
Tyrel Zich, Regional Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Xcel Energy
12:50-1:30 Low Income Energy Assistance Programs – How to address the gaps in utilization and effectiveness.
Barbara Klug, Bureau Director, Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources, Wisconsin Department of Administration
David Baron, Director Credit ＆ Collections Strategy and Operations, WEC Energy Group
Antonio Butts, Executive Director, Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
Anna Stieve, Senior Energy Services Manager, WPPI Energy