2014 Energy Utility Basics Presenter Profiles th Monday, October 20 Rodney Stevenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison Rodney Stevenson established the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute in 1982 to advance understanding of public policy issues in the electricity, gas, and telecommunications industries. Rodney is an Emeritus Professor of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the past Chair of the Energy Analysis and Policy graduate program of the University’s Institute for Environmental Studies. Professor Stevenson received his Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University and his B.A. in economics from Monmouth College (Illinois). Professor Stevenson’s research interests have focused on regulatory economics and policy, institutional economics, and performance measurement. His most recent research involves analyses of electric utility restructuring, costing and pricing of electric utility service, provision of energy efficiency services, and telecommunications infrastructure development. He has authored several articles, chapters, and technical reports published in journals such as the American Economic Review, Columbia Journal of World Business, The Electricity Journal, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Land Economics, Public Utilities Fortnightly, Resources and Energy, and Utility Policy. Professor Stevenson has taught courses on Public Utilities, Business and Government, Economics of Regulation, Energy Economics, Managerial Economics, Business and the Environment, and Risk and the Environment. In addition he has lectured in many executive development programs and for a variety of organizations, state legislatures, state and federal regulatory agencies, and consumer and environmental groups. Internationally, Professor Stevenson has conducted training programs and educational sessions in Japan, Egypt, Korea, the Philippines, and China. Professor Stevenson has served as a consultant, adviser, and expert witness for numerous utilities, state and federal regulatory agencies, legislative bodies, and consumer and environmental organizations. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, he was a member of the economics faculty of Michigan State University, taught at the University of Maryland and was an employee of the U.S. Federal Power Commission and the U.S. Postal Rate Commission. He served several years on the Board of Directors of the NARUC National Regulatory Research Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of the Energy Center of Wisconsin. David C. Boyd, Minnesota Public Service Commission Commissioner David Boyd holds a B.A. degree with majors in biology and chemistry from St. Olaf College, a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota, and has performed two years of post-doctoral research. Dr. Boyd was a member of the faculty at the University of St. Thomas from 1989 to 2009 including six years as Chairman of the Chemistry Department. Dr. Boyd has over 25 years of research experience in inorganic and materials chemistry, including significant experience in the field of solar energy conversion (catalytic water splitting and photovoltaic devices). Other areas of inquiry include sensor development, and the synthesis of useful conducting and semiconducting thin films. Dr. Boyd currently is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors. He serves as a member of the NARUC Committee on Electricity, Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration, Subcommittee on Education and Research, and Chairs the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal. He is a member of the NRRI Board of Directors, serves as an Executive Committee Member of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition, and in 2010 was appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty to serve on the Midwestern Governors Association's (MGA) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Task Force. Dr. Boyd currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Eastern Interconnection States' Planning Council (EISPC), the Subcommittee Steering Committee (SSC) of the Eastern Interconnect Planning Collaborative (EIPC). He is a member of the Organization of Midwest ISO States (OMS) Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer. He is also a member of the OMS Executive Committee. He previously co-chaired the Upper Midwest Transmission Development Initiative (UMTDI). Dr. Boyd was appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission by Governor Tim Pawlenty on July 10, 2007 and was reappointed on December 18, 2008. His term as Commissioner has included three years served as Chairman. Dr. Boyd's current term expires January 5, 2015. John Lorence, Wisconsin Public Service Commission John Lorence is an Assistant General Counsel for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. He has worked at the Commission for almost 20 years. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Lorence was a Senior Legislative Attorney at the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. He drafted legislation relating to public utility law and other business topics. Mr. Lorence is a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with majors in Transportation and Public Utilities and in Marketing. Flora Flygt, American Transmission Company Flora Flygt is Strategic Planning and Policy Advisor at American Transmission Co. where she provides strategic planning and policy advice on transmission issues and represents the Company in a variety of executive-level forums across the United States. She has been in the electric utility business for thirty years in a variety of leadership and planning positions, including transmission planning, business development, strategic planning, market and competitive analysis, environmental planning, integrated resource planning, demand-side planning and long-term load forecasting. Flora led the development of ATC’s first economically justified transmission project in MISO, which is now in service. Flora also led the development of ATC’s first multiple-benefits projects, which have been approved as part of MISO’s initial Multi-Value Project. She has been very active in the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative, chairing the Scenario Planning Working Group and as the report coordinator for the final project report. She has been an expert witness on transmission planning, demand-side planning, and integrated resource planning. Prior to joining ATC, Flora was with Alliant Energy Company, Madison Gas & Electric Company and worked as a consultant. She holds an M.S. degree in Land Resources with a Master’s certificate in Energy Analysis & Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Jennifer Richardson, MISO Jennifer Richardson began her professional career at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission as a policy analyst in the telecommunications division in 2000. Ms. Richardson worked on numerous complex policy initiatives at the state and federal levels before becoming the Commission’s Chief Policy and Legislative Advisor. Ms. Richardson spearheaded numerous industry settlement agreements on behalf of the Indiana Commission that brought over $5 million in savings to consumers. In 2006, Ms. Richardson was awarded awarded the Governor’s Service Award for Excellence in Public Service after working to implement the state’s first comprehensive retail deregulation for telecommunications. During her tenure, she also served as the Staff Chairperson of the Joint Board on Universal Service and the Joint Conference on Advanced Services before the FCC. Richardson also has extensive energy experience with specialties that include rate design, service quality performance metrics and Smart Grid standards development. In 2010, Richardson departed the Commission for the Department of Homeland Security to serve as the Emergency Response and Critical Infrastructure Planning Chief for the State of Indiana. During her time at DHS, Ms. Richardson was deployed to the field for several nationally-declared disasters. In 2013, Ms. Richardson joined the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) as a policy advisor in the External Affairs Division. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Indiana University. Brian Rude, Dairyland Power Cooperative Brian Rude is Vice President of External and Member Relations of Dairyland Power, based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Dairyland is a generation and transmission cooperative serving 600,000 consumers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Brian is responsible for government relations, community and member relations, communications, printing and graphics, administrative services and energy efficiency. He also serves as a member of Dairyland’s Senior Management Team. Brian has an extensive career background in politics and communications. He served on the research staff of the Iowa and Wisconsin State Senates, and worked in the Corporate Communications Department at The Trane Company. In 1982, Brian was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly and in 1984, to the Wisconsin State Senate. On two occasions, he served as President of the Senate, from 1993-1996 and again in 1998. After a 17-year career in public office, in 2000 he resigned from the Senate to begin his work at Dairyland. He received his BA degree in history and political science from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and his MA in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brian is active in many community activities, including serving as President-Elect of the Wisconsin Historical Society, the President of the Norwegian-American Historical Association, and as a member of the Gundersen Health System Board and River Bank Board. John Sumi, Madison Gas and Electric John Sumi is the MGE Director of Legislative Affairs. John joined MGE in 2007. As Legislative Affairs Director, John advocates for the interests of MGE and its customers at the federal, state and local levels of government. Prior to joining MGE, John was the Executive Director of the Customers First! Coalition (CFC). The coalition is a broad-based alliance that MGE helped found to advocate for state policies that preserve Wisconsin’s affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity. Before coming to CFC John pursued his interest in regulatory policy with AT&T Corporation as the State Manager for Law & Government Affairs. While with AT&T, John helped guide the company’s Wisconsin regulatory agenda in support of AT&T’s 2003 entry into the local telephone service market. John also has extensive past experience in State Capitol as an Executive Assistant to two State Senators. During several sessions of the Legislature John served as the lead Senate staffer for the Legislature’s Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules Nilaksh Kothari is the General Manager of Manitowoc Public Utilities, which is located on the shore of Lake Michigan in eastcentral Wisconsin. He has more than 25 years of experience in the utility sector. MPU is the largest municipally-owned electric utility and the sixth largest water utility in the State of Wisconsin, with total annual revenues of $80 million. The utility serves both retail and wholesale water and electric customers. Mr. Kothari is responsible for directing all aspects of MPU’s operation, its 90 employees, and over $350 million in assets, which features a 85 MW coal-fired generating plant, a 25.0 MW combustion turbine facility, and a 35.0 MGD microfiltration plant. Mr. Kothari is past president of AWWA and currently serves as a board member on the Water Research Foundation. He is also the recipient of the AWWA George Warren Fuller Award. Mr. Kothari received a Master’s of Science in Engineering from South Dakota State University in 1985 and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from M.S. University in Baroda, India in 1983. He is a registered professional engineer. His professional memberships and affiliations include the Great Lakes Utilities, American Water Works Association (AWWA), American Public Power Association (APPA), Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW), Municipal Environmental Group – Water (MEG), the American Society of Civil Engineers, EcoSan Foundation, Rotary and the Elks. st Tuesday, October 21 James Blanchard, University of Wisconsin-Madison Jake Blanchard is a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently Chair of the Engineering Physics Department. He received his PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1988. He was selected as a Presidential Young Investigator in 1990 and as a Fellow with the UW Teaching Academy in 1995. He received a UW Distinguished Teaching award in 2002 and the Harvey Spangler Award for Technology Enhanced Instruction in 2008. Professor Blanchard's research interests include radiation damage in fission and fusion environments, fusion reactor design, and nuclear microbatteries. Blanchard designs fusion and fission reactor components that are capable of withstanding extreme thermal and radiation loads. He also conducts research directed towards the invention of nuclear microbatteries, which are long-lived, radioisotope-powered batteries for MEMS devices. One interesting application is the development of a nuclear powered RF transmitter that will allow these devices to communicate with each other wirelessly. Kenneth D. Copp, American Transmission Company LLC Ken Copp has over 40 years of experience in the electric utility business, the last 14 at the American Transmission Company. He is currently a Strategic Technical Advisor in the planning area at ATC. Ken’s prior roles at ATC include Director positions in a variety of areas including Engineering, Maintenance, Construction and System Operations. Prior to working at ATC Ken had 28 years of experience at Wisconsin Electric in a wide variety of positions including the transmission, generation and distribution areas A registered professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin, Ken is a member of IEEE Power Engineering Society and Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Merlin Raab, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation Merlin Raab has spent over thirty years with Wisconsin Public Service of Green Bay in a variety of roles related to economic development, energy utilization and efficiency program development, and industrial customer account management. His current responsibilities include renewable energy and energy efficiency policy. Chuck Callies, Dairyland Power Cooperative Chuck Callies is the Vice President of Power Delivery at Dairyland Power Cooperative. The Power Delivery division is responsible for the planning, construction, and maintenance of Dairyland’s transmission lines, substations, telecommunications and control systems, and the System Operations Center. Mr. Callies has over thirty years of experience in the utility industry. Chuck is a graduate of Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, and an Associate of Arts Degree in Computer Science. As a former Chairman of the North American Electric Reliability Council Telecommunications Sub-committee, he was instrumental in the development of NERCnet, the NERC data communications network. Mr. Callies is a former President of the Siemens Customer Association, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Paul Meier, Wisconsin Energy Institute Paul Meier is a scientist with the Wisconsin Energy Institute and has worked with industry, government and public interest groups on energy and environmental issues since 1995. His efforts have focused extensively on the use of energy systems modeling to support decision-making. Paul has led research efforts to evaluate energy alternatives at the national, regional, and state levels and spanning electricity, transportation, and building energy sectors. Paul is an environmental engineer and earned a Ph.D. from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW - Madison. Peter Taglia, Peter Taglia Environmental Consulting Peter is a professional geologist who is currently working in numerous aspects of climate change mitigation with an emphasis on electrical generation, terrestrial and geological carbon sequestration and biofuels analysis. In May of 2007, Peter was appointed to two working groups of Governor Doyle’s Task Force on Global Warming, the electrical generation work group (which he was also co-chair) and the technical advisory group. Peter has continued to work on climate issues as a member of the renewable electricity, advanced coal and carbon capture advisory group of the Midwest Governors Association and on the Wisconsin Legislative Council Special Committee on Domestic Biofuels. Peter has worked in environmental consulting and is experienced in conducting environmental investigations, preparing environmental remediation plans and developing environmental impact statements at superfund sites, energy facilities and power plants. Peter holds a BA in environmental geology from the University of Montana and a MS in hydrogeology from the UW-Madison. Peter is a skilled speaker who has given presentations on energy topics at state and national conferences and has been a guest lecturer at the UW-Madison and other schools and at technical conferences he has organized. nd Wednesday, October 22 Steve Kihm, Energy Center of Wisconsin Steve is a principal and chief economics at the Energy Center of Wisconsin. Steve's background in public utility regulation and finance supports his technical and analytical work evaluating energy efficiency programs and developing, analyzing and critiquing policy initiatives. Steve is a published author; he's written articles for the Energy Law Journal, The Electricity Journal and Public Utilities Fortnightly, and he's written a children's book, The Lost Candy Bar. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has an MBA in Finance and M.S. in Quantitative Analysis from UW-Madison's Graduate School of Business. Bruce Chapman, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting Bruce R. Chapman, M.A. (University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a Senior Economist with Christensen Associates Energy Consulting. He specializes in the design and pricing of retail electricity pricing products that improve the efficiency of pricing relative to traditional rates. He has managed and participated in many projects, developing such innovative products as criticalpeak pricing, real-time pricing, and fixed-bill products. He has also conducted analysis of distribution costs and undertaken load research data development and cost-of- capital analysis. In his work with electricity pricing projects, he has led all phases of program development: product design, implementation, and statistical evaluation of customer response. Mr. Chapman’s assignments have also included heading cost-of-service projects in a traditional regulatory environment. Additionally, he has supervised the design of PC-based software required for the implementation and support of innovative retail products. Steve Braithwait, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting Steven D. Braithwait, Ph.D. (University of California - Santa Barbara) is a Vice President. He specializes in market-based retail electricity pricing with an emphasis on the measurement of customer price response, and the evaluation of demand response program benefits and costs. Dr. Braithwait has also assisted clients in designing market-based service offerings including realtime pricing, critical peak pricing, and demand response programs. He has provided expert testimony before public service commissions and arbitration panels in the areas of load forecasting and least-cost planning guidelines. He has delivered papers at numerous industry conferences on the topics of market-based pricing, customer price response, demand response programs, and load forecasting. Previously, Dr. Braithwait managed numerous projects in load forecasting, demand-side management and planning at EPRI. Dan Hansen, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting Dan Hansen is a Vice President at Christensen Associates in Madison. He has conducted independent evaluations of revenue decoupling mechanisms that were implemented at Portland General Electric, New Jersey Natural Gas, South Jersey Gas, and Northwest Natural Gas. He has testified on issues related to revenue decoupling in Arizona, Connecticut, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah; and participated in a panel discussion on revenue decoupling before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. In his work on revenue decoupling, his clients have included a regulator, an environmental organization, a non-profit organization of utility investors, and an investor-owned utility. Greg Bollom, Madison Gas and Electric Greg is Assistant Vice President – Energy Planning with Madison Gas and Electric Company. Greg has been with MGE for 32 years. Greg’s job responsibilities include generation planning and transmission policy; electric and natural gas sales and revenue forecasting; and electric and natural gas pricing. Greg serves on the Edison Electric Institute Retail Energy Services Executive Advisory Group; Economic Policy Advisory Group; and the Rates and Regulatory Affairs Committee of which he is past chairman. Greg also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Critical Consumer Issues Forum, a collaboration of state utility commissioners, consumer advocates and electric utilities to address important consumer issues at the forefront of the energy policy debate. rd Thursday, October 23 Richard Hackner, GDS Associates Rich Hackner is a principal engineer and the Midwest Region Manager at GDS Associates. He has led the Midwest team at GDS for 14 years. Rich has extensive experience providing project management and oversight of multi-million dollar energy efficiency programs including the Focus on Energy Agribusiness Program and the Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Business program. Over his 30+year career in the energy efficiency industry he has also established numerous collaborative projects and programs that included diverse membership including local, state and federal representatives, utilities, public interest groups and consumers. Further, he has expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy policy and technical research. Rich has conducted numerous technical evaluation studies for commercial, residential, agricultural and industrial energy efficiency measures. He has also designed and managed evaluations for commercial and industrial end-use metering projects, as well as, direct load control programs. Prior to joining GDS, Rich was the Associate Director of the Energy Center of Wisconsin for ten years. Rich’s responsibilities included overseeing ECW’s research and program areas. His education includes a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and he is a professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin. Ryan Kroll, Mihaels Energy Ryan M. Kroll, P.E., LEED AP, is Program Evaluation Manager and Principal for Michaels Energy. He is a registered mechanical engineer in Minnesota and Michigan. Mr. Kroll has 10 years of engineering experience with seven years in program evaluation. Mr. Kroll has managed impact evaluations and major M&V projects for efficiency programs run by over 40 different utilities in 19 different states and two Canadian provinces. He is an expert in project specific measurement and verification plan development, energy modeling and calibration, as well as M&V project management. His other talents include research and large-scale evaluation of heating and cooling technologies. Mr. Kroll’s education includes a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and a B.S. degree in Engineering from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Rebecca Larson, UW-Madison, Biological Systems Engineering Becky Larson is an assistant professor and extension specialist in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at UWMadison focusing on biological waste issues. Becky completed her B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering Department at Michigan State University. Her research and extension interests include all areas of biological waste including manure management, handling and treatment of agricultural waste, diffuse source pollution, agricultural sustainability, and waste- toenergy technologies including biogas production from anaerobic digestion. Richard Hasselman, Tetra Tech Rich Hasselman, Manager, Tetra Tech, has over 15 years of experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Rich is currently involved with program evaluation, technology research, and resource planning projects for utility and state clients. Past work includes program design, management, and evaluation of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. He has completed numerous feasibility studies for a variety of clients, including banks, federal and state governments, and developers. These studies integrated technology, market, financial, and managerial feasibility analyses, including sensitivity testing, and risk identification. Rich earned his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.S. in Land Resources (certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A in Geography from Radford University. Sanford Klein, UW-Madison, Mechanical Engineering Professor Klein is the currently the Bascom Ouweneel Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Wisconsin – Madison and the director of the Solar Energy Laboratory. He received his Ph.D degree in Chemical Engineering at University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1976 and he has been on the faculty at Wisconsin since 1977, associated with the Solar Energy Laboratory. He is the author or co-author of more than 160 publications relating to energy systems and the co-author (with Professor Greg Nellis) of recent books in Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics published by Cambridge University Press. Professor Klein’s current research interests are in thermodynamics, refrigeration, and solar energy applications. In addition, he has also actively involved in the development of engineering computer tools for both instruction and research. He is the primary author of the TRNSYS (TRaNsient SYSytem) simulation program that is widely used for solar energy system studies. He also is the author of a finite element heat transfer program, FEHT, and the general engineering equation solving program, EES. Professor Klein is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). Friday, October 24 th Alan Carroll, UW-Madison, Department of Geology How are sedimentary basins created, and how do they evolve? What record do they provide of regional tectonics? How can paleoclimatic signals be interpreted from their deposits? Such questions by their nature require a broad, multidisciplinary approach, including (but not limited to) the application of clastic sedimentary facies and paleocurrent analyses, sequence stratigraphy, sandstone petrography, geohistory analysis, and organic geochemistry. Several of my current projects currently involve the application of stable and radiogenic isotopes to decipher sedimentary provenance, weathering histories, and age relationships. My research integrates these techniques to help elucidate processes of basin subsidence and fill as they relate to continental tectonics, regional paleoclimatic evolution, and petroleum exploration. This is Dr. Carroll’s specialty. Recent research projects include lacustrine basin analysis of the Greater Green River Basin, southwestern Wyoming,(currently funded by the Center for Oil Shale Research and Technology). Paleogene provenance study for the Gulf of Mexico Basin (Wisconsin Source to Sink Consortium - WSSC), and projects for the Center for Oil Shale Research and Technology (COSTAR). In addition to a number of Departmental and University committees, he serves as an Associate Editor for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin. Sarah Mead, Michigan Gas Utilities Sarah Mead is the Manger of Gas Supply for Michigan Gas Utilities, a subsidiary of the Integrys Energy Group. She has been employed in the natural gas industry for the last 13 years in a variety of positions in both the regulated utility and unregulated marketing firm. Sarah has extensive experience in forecasting, short and long term planning and the regulatory aspects of natural gas. In her current role as the Manager of Gas Supply Sarah is responsible for planning, acquiring and managing gas supplies and pipeline transportation services to ensure reliable and cost competitive natural gas service to Michigan Gas Utilities customers. Additionally she serves on the Board of Directors for Service Credit Union. Sarah holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Lakeland College.
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