Registration 8:45 a.m.
Program Begins 9:15 a.m.
Adjourn 4 p.m.
This WECA Skill Builder program provides electric co-op board directors and staff with timely information about energy issues. The Energy Issues Summit is in its fifth year, returning by popular demand from attendees at past conferences. Our line-up of speakers and topics are below. We hope to see you at the summit!
9:15 a.m. Advancements in Technology and Their Potential Application for Electric Cooperatives
Technological advancements can create new opportunities for electric cooperatives. This session will examine the evolution of technologies such as meter data management systems, battery storage, the internet of things, and electric cars, to provide a knowledge base for strategic conversations.
Brian Sloboda, Business and Technology Strategies, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Arlington, Va.
10:45 a.m. Break
11 a.m. The Rapid Rise of Community Solar in Wisconsin
Increasing interest, decreasing costs, and continuing tax credits are spiking interest in solar generation. This program will examine utility-scale trends in Wisconsin, review different models electric companies have utilized for cost recovery, and look at what the future may hold.
Sarah Barry, Executive Director, Customers First! Coalition, Madison, Wis.
12 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. Politics of Federal Issues Likely to Reshape the Energy Landscape
A new administration largely aligned with congressional leadership on reducing both regulation and federal spending mixes the the promise of a stronger business climate with the uncertainty of funding cuts to programs that benefit electric cooperatives. This program will cover federal issues affecting electric cooperatives, including changes to existing environmental policies and the federal budget.
Jason Linde, Vice President of Political Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Arlington, Va.
2:15 a.m. Break
2:30 p.m. The Science of Stray Voltage and the Newest Set of Challenges
This session will provide historical context including the genesis of Wisconsin’s laws and programs, relevant research, and the emergence of beliefs or schemes challenging the science cooperatives follow to conduct investigations and take action. Commentary will also focus on recent legal challenges in this and other states.
Dr. Douglas Reinemann, Professor and Department Chair, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biological Systems Engineering: Machine Milking and Rural Energy Issues, Madison, Wis.
4 p.m. Adjourn