Founded in 1982, the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute’s (WPUI) mission is to advance understanding and discussion of relevant utility industry topics and emerging trends in the electric, natural gas, and water industries. We provide information and education programs in addition to other services that aid in the examination and development of appropriate public policies for those industries. Our programs and services communicate the diversity of views that exist on current policy issues, particularly the leading-edge issues that will affect the future of those industries and the customers they serve.
WPUI is a member-supported and member-driven organization that relies solely on membership fees and program registration fees to fund our work. The activities of WPUI follow the Wisconsin Idea of applying the resources of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to meet the need for information outside of the University’s boundaries. WPUI achieves this mission through the exchange, creation, integration, transfer and application of knowledge. We provide forums for discussion, dialogue, and debate on public policy issues, often at the request of our members. Programs are often open to the public, and materials may be posted on our website after our programs. Membership is not required to register for our programs.
Balancing the demands of consumers, regulators, policymakers, and other stakeholders is a daunting task for utilities, even under the best of circumstances. Add to this the ever-increasing complexity of contemporary utility issues, and simply keeping up with the changing landscape can become a full-time job. By bringing together the resources of the University and the knowledge and experience of many other stakeholders, WPUI strives to provide bias-free opportunities in which issues can be discussed, knowledge enhanced, and alternatives and possible solutions identified.