Renewable Energy Development, Grid Modernization, and Distributed Generation in Wisconsin

March 6, 2020 from 9am-1:15pm
UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library
2311 E Hartford Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

This was the third event of the “What is Wisconsin’s Energy Strategy?” series looking at renewable energy production in Wisconsin. This conference focused on the roles innovation and grid modernization play in renewable energy development at a state and national level. The event also examined economic and regulatory questions around distributed energy generation and storage in a modern world. Cosponsors included the UW-Milwaukee Center for Sustainable Electric Energy Systems, UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Wisconsin Biogas Council, Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment, and Wisconsin Energy Institute.

Panel 1: What Role Will Innovation & Grid Modernization Play in Renewable Energy Development Nationally?
Moderator: Adel Nasiri, UW-Milwaukee

  • Beth Soholt, Clean Grid Alliance
  • David Sarkisian,  NC Clean Energy Technology Center
  • Gregory Nemet, UW-Madison
  • Erik Spoerke, Sandia National Laboratory

Panel 2: What Economic & Regulatory Questions Does Distributed Generation Raise in Regulated States like Wisconsin?
Moderator: Adel Nasiri, UW-Milwaukee

  • Lauren Azar, Former WI Public Service Commission Commissioner
  • Paul Zummo, American Public Power Association
  • Tom Metcalfe, WE Energies & Wisconsin Public Service

Keynote Address: General Donald Hoffman, United State Air Force Retired, member of the Military Advisory Board of the Center for Naval Analysis