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Electric Wire, Episode 29 – Rooted in Community: Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin

Madison, WI – On the latest episode of the Electric Wire podcast, we will learn more about the 81 cities, towns and villages across Wisconsin that own and operate a municipal electric utility. These municipal utilities are organized together through the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW), and we brought together a panel of experts […]

Electric Wire, Episode 28 – Shining a Light on Investor-Owned Utilities with Jeff Keebler, CEO of Madison Gas and Electric

Madison, WI – On the latest episode of the Electric Wire podcast, we take a closer look at the investor-owned utility model with Jeff Keebler, Chairman, President, and CEO of Madison Gas and Electric. Jeff shares more insights on how investor-owned utilities work, how they’re regulated, and the new technologies changing the power dynamics in […]

Electric Wire, Episode 27 – The Reality of Retail Choice

Madison, WI – Laurel Peltier of the Maryland Energy Supplier Reform Coalition joins the Electric Wire podcast to discuss her first-hand experience with retail choice in Maryland. Laurel helps customers decipher their energy bills and has found countless examples of customers who would be saving money if they had stayed with their regulated utility. Laurel’s […]

Electric Wire, Episode 26 – Taking the Industry By Storm: The First F150 Lightning EV is Here

Madison, WI – New Ford F150 Lightning owners Nick and Alicia Schmidt join the Electric Wire podcast to share some of their experiences as the first recipients of Ford’s F150 Lightning EV. We discuss EV charging, the Lightning’s infamous “frunk”, and their experience towing an Airstream behind the Lightning. Show Notes:  Link to NPR story on […]

Electric Wire, Episode 25 – Nuclear Power, Reliability & Global Weirding

Madison, WI – Andy Bochman, Senior Grid Strategist, Idaho National Lab, and Bob Stone, Business Manager, IBEW 2150, join Electric Wire podcast host Kristin Gilkes to discuss a range of issues including preserving jobs and reliability in the coal to cleaner power transition, and how Andy’s coined the term “global weirding.” A must-listen episode that serves […]

Electric Wire, Episode 24 – Nuclear Power and the Clean Energy Transition with Brent Ridge

Madison, WI – The lastest episode of the Electric Wire podcast features Brent Ridge, President and CEO, Dairyland Power Cooperative, and Phil Montgomery, former Wisconsin legislator and PSCW Chairperson discussing the future of nuclear power in Wisconsin and how new small modular reactor (SMR) technology may help facilitate the clean energy transition. https://youtu.be/KGw0c7H8Vis  

CFC Power Dialogue: A Candid Conversation about Electric Vehicle Policies

Madison, WI – The Customers First! Coalition will be hosting a Power Dialogue event on May 3, 2022, to discuss state policy questions surrounding electric vehicles and transportation issues. Speakers and panel will last from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm at the Madison Club, followed by a networking reception. Registration is required, and details can […]

Electric Wire, Episode 22 – Winter Heating Costs Discussed at Capitol Briefing

Madison, WI – On February 23, 2022, several legislators invited representatives from Wisconsin’s investor-owned utilities to provide information to legislative offices at the Wisconsin State Capitol about the higher-than-average costs of natural gas heating bills this winter. On the latest episode of the Electric Wire podcast, we share a recording of the briefing, including information […]

Electric Wire, Episode 21 – A Second Wind: Recycling Wind Turbine Blades

Madison, WI – The latest episode of the Electric Wire podcast features a conversation about wind turbine blade recycling with Nicholas Killen, Director, Head of Manufacturing Lifecycle Services, Regional Manufacturing AME, Vestas Blades. Commissioner Tyler Huebner of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin joins Kristin Gilkes, Executive Director of the Customers First! Coalition, as a […]