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The Thompson Center put on a highly successful event looking at renewable energy production in Wisconsin. Panelists included representatives of both public and private organizations as well as esteemed academics. Specifically this conference examined what opportunities and challenges are present in building up Wisconsin’s renewable energy capacity, and how the state can optimize the use of its existing renewable energy resources. Sharon Jacobs of the University of Colorado Law School and author of “The Energy Prosumer” was our Keynote speaker for this event over a free lunch. The Wisconsin Eye was our recording and broadcasting partner for this event.
Wisconsin Eye Recordings
The Thompson Center would like to extend our most gracious thank you to our partner The Wisconsin Eye, which streamed and recorded this event. The conference described here and many other intellectually stimulating events can be found on their website: https://wiseye.org
A WORD FROM THE WISCONSIN EYE
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Ryan Owens, Thompson Center Director – Introductory Remarks
Panel 1 – How Can Wisconsin Optimize Use of its Renewable Energy Resources?
Scott Coenen – Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum
Timothy Donohue – Wisconsin Energy Institute
Tyler Huebner – Renew Wisconsin
Lawrence Makovich – IHS Markit
Q&A with moderator Tanya Paslawski – Michigan Electric & Gas Association
Panel 2 – What are the Opportunities & Challenges in Building a Renewable Energy Portfolio?
Deborah Erwin – Xcel Energy
Nathan Franklin – Dairyland Power Cooperative
Amy Heart – Sunrun Inc.
Stanley Minnick III – Organic Valley
Kristin Gilkes – Customers First! Coalition
Q&A with moderator Tom Still – Wisconsin Technology Council
Keynote Address: Sharon Jacobs – University of Colorado Law School
Date, Time, and Location
October 4, 2019; 9:00am – 1:15pm
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governors Club, Madison
1 W. Dayton st., Madison, WI 53703
Doors open at 8:30
Schedule of the Event
9-9:15am Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15-10:30am Panel 1: How Can Wisconsin Optimize Use of its Renewable Resources for Energy & Other Products?
10:45-12:00am Panel 2: What are the Opportunities & Challenges in Building a Renewable Energy Portfolio in Wisconsin?
12:10-1:10pm Lunch & Keynote Address: Sharon Jacobs, JD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School and Author of The Energy Prosumer, UC-Berkeley’s Ecology Law Quarterly
1:10-1:15pm Closing Remarks
Presenters, Panelists, and Moderators
Keynote : Sharon Jacobs, JD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School and Author of The Energy Prosumer, UC-Berkeley’s Ecology Law Quarterly
- Scott Coenen, Executive Director, Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum
- Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, Renew Wisconsin
- Timothy Donohue, PhD, Interim Director of the Wisconsin Energy Institute & Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
- Lawrence Makovich, PhD, Vice President & Senior Energy Advisor, IHS Markit
- Moderator: Tanya Paslawski, President, Michigan Electric & Gas Association
- Deborah Erwin, Manager, Regulatory Policy, Xcel Energy / NSPW
- Nathan Franklin, Government Relations Director, Dairyland Power Cooperative
- Stanley Minnick III, Energy Services Manager at Organic Valley
- Amy Heart, Senior Manager, Sunrun Inc.
- Kristin Gilkes, Executive Director, Customers First! Coalition
- Moderator: Tom Still, Wisconsin Technology Council
The Thompson Center was pleased to present this event in partnership with:
- Wisconsin Energy Institute
- Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
- Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment
- Nelson Institute Energy Analysis & Policy Institute
- AEI Executive Council at UW-Madison