Event Calendar

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Electric Industry Updates WEBINAR #2

Start Date: 2/10/2022 1:00 PM CST
End Date: 2/10/2022 4:00 PM CST

Venue Name: Webinar

WI  United States 

Organization Name: Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association

Wendy Fassbind
Email: wendy@weca.coop
Phone: (608) 467-4589

NOTE: We are able to accomodate up to 300 connections (phone and web) per group session. If your attendees are working at home, they can connect separately. If you have the ability to physically distance yourselves in a community room at the co-op, then sign up the person(s) who you would like to get the webinar link.
We hope this set-up of 2 separate group webinar sessions allows you to gather different group(s) of staff in a safe and physically-distanced way in your community or board rooms.

Program: 1–4 p.m.

Electric Industry Updates
1 SB Credit per cooperative to attend any/all of the 2 separate sesions

This year, we’ll be offering two separate group sessions, with the same program held once in the morning and repeated in the afternoon. Co-ops may send their employees to one or both of the sessions, with the option of dividing staff members between the morning and afternoon sessions.
WECA Director of Government Relations Rob Richard will give participants a detailed look into state issues that the organization has tackled over the last year and will hope to complete before the 2021–22 legislative session comes to a close in Madison next Spring. Issues like broadband, electric vehicles, third-party financing, community solar, easement reform, and wild parsnip eradication are all measures being debated at the Capitol that can, and will,  directly impact how cooperatives perform their daily responsibility of providing safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to their consumer-members. Richard will break down the pros and cons of each issue and provide strategic insight into why WECA is involved and why the issues matter to your cooperative.

WECA President and CEO Steve Freese will walk participants through the labyrinth that is Washington, D.C., and break down some of the most complicated, expansive, and expensive legislative proposals that we have seen affecting the energy industry in years. Words like “infrastructure” and “reconciliation” have been used in daily headlines for months, but what does it all mean for the average American, and especially for electric cooperatives that are providing and distributing power throughout the country? There is no doubt that we are in an era of incredible transition when it comes to energy creation, distribution, and end use. Freese will explain the latest on what’s coming out of D.C. and will give you deeper insight into what a clean energy future may possibly look like.

Still in planning, WECA will be bringing you a “Hot Topic” featured speaker to cover an issue that is at the forefront of our industry at the time of this program. We will see what is, or is not, moving legislatively and give you the most up-to-date information on the “hot topic.” The information will be pertinent and timely, and the speaker will be an expert in that field. Will it be broadband, EVs, cybersecurity, clean energy? Who knows—but find out in February!

Want to be more engaged in WECA legislative/political activities? We will talk about the important role that the Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) plays in engaging with and supporting political candidates that see electric cooperatives as valued partners within our rural communities. Get a better understanding of ACRE’s role in supporting state and federal candidates, why it’s important in achieving the goals for electric cooperatives, and how you can be a part of the team that helps support those who support us.

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