Entire webinar series is  available to watch online

The Customers First! Coalition teamed up with Slipstream in October to host a webinar series which helped educate and facilitate conversation among Wisconsin energy stakeholders.

Our Energy Winners and Losers webinar, held two weeks before Election Day, featured a State of the Election and Q&A with Craig Gilbert, Washington Bureau Chief, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and a panel discussion on energy issues of national importance with Denise Bode, Partner, Michael Best Strategies LLC; Jessica Pacheco, Managing Partner, Horizon Strategies; and, Ellen Nowak, Commissioner, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

Thanks to WisconsinEye for live streaming and archiving our Energy Winners and Losers webinar!

Watch herehttps://wiseye.org/2020/10/21/customers-first-coalition-energy-winners-and-losers/ 

Our Building Toward Zero Carbon with Grid Flexibility webinar was also a great opportunity to become more familiar with new and emerging building technologies, with remarks from Tyler Huebner, Commissioner, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin; Rois Langner, Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Scott Hackel, Director of Research and Innovation, Slipstream; and, Phil Markham, Smart Buildings R&D Manager, Southern Company.
Watch Webinar #2 here!
https://slipstreaminc.org/about/events/building-toward-zero-carbon-grid-flexibility

Our first October energy webinar, Equity and Clean Energy, featured Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin’s 45th Lieutenant Governor; Rebecca Cameron Valcq, Chairperson, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin; Laura Goldberg, Midwest Regional Director, Energy Efficiency for All, Natural Resources Defense Council; and, Tony G. Reames, PhD, PE, Assistant Professor of Energy Justice, University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability.

Watch Webinar #1 here!
https://slipstreaminc.org/about/events/equity-and-clean-energy

 

October 2020 Webinar Series: Energy Winners and Losers

Energy Winners and Losers
October 21, 2020 – 11 am

As the nation heads towards Election Day, will climate and energy policy shape electoral politics? What policy proposals are generating buzz and which ones will make the biggest impact towards actually reducing emissions?

Speakers

Welcome – Ellen Nowak, Commissioner, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Panel 

  • Denise Bode, Partner, Michael Best Strategies LLC
  • More speakers to be announced soon!

Register here via GoToWebinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2618258652157128717

The Customers First! Coalition is an alliance of Wisconsin electricity providers, consumer organizations, and utility workers that work together to preserve Wisconsin’s reliable and affordable electricity. Slipstream is a mission-driven nonprofit that inspires new solutions to big energy challenges by empowering more people to adopt new practices and technologies. Our organizations are collaborating to host a series of three energy webinars to help educate and facilitate conversation among Wisconsin energy stakeholders.

October 2020 Webinar Series: Building Toward Zero Carbon with Grid Flexibility

Building Toward Zero Carbon with Grid Flexibility
October 14, 2020 – 11 am
What building technologies are going to be needed to propel us toward state and utility goals of net zero carbon by 2050? We will focus on grid-interactive efficient buildings and highlight specific emerging technologies that will both provide flexibility on the demand side and engage customers more with their utilities. Learn how homes and businesses will serve as a significant asset to the grid of the future.

Speakers

Welcome – Tyler Huebner, Commissioner, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Panel

  • Scott Hackel, Director of Research and Innovation, Slipstream
  • Phil Markham, Smart Buildings R&D Manager, Southern Company
  • Rois Langner, Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Register here via GoToWebinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8722809881732198669

The Customers First! Coalition is an alliance of Wisconsin electricity providers, consumer organizations, and utility workers that work together to preserve Wisconsin’s reliable and affordable electricity. Slipstream is a mission-driven nonprofit that inspires new solutions to big energy challenges by empowering more people to adopt new practices and technologies. Our organizations are collaborating to host a series of three energy webinars to help educate and facilitate conversation among Wisconsin energy stakeholders.

October 2020 Webinar Series: Equity and Clean Energy

Equity and Clean Energy Webinar
October 6, 2020 – 11 am
Learn how states and programs in the Midwest and across the country are ensuring equitable access to clean energy technologies and programs. What is working and how can we further adopt these principles and strategies in Wisconsin?

Speakers

Welcome – Rebecca Cameron Valcq, Chairperson, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Featured Remarks – Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin’s 45th Lieutenant Governor

Panel 

  • Laura Goldberg, Midwest Regional Director, Energy Efficiency for All, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Tony G. Reames, PhD, PE, Assistant Professor of Energy Justice, University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability

Register here via GoToWebinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2736900354840515341

The Customers First! Coalition is an alliance of Wisconsin electricity providers, consumer organizations, and utility workers that work together to preserve Wisconsin’s reliable and affordable electricity. Slipstream is a mission-driven nonprofit that inspires new solutions to big energy challenges by empowering more people to adopt new practices and technologies. Our organizations are collaborating to host a series of three energy webinars to help educate and facilitate conversation among Wisconsin energy stakeholders.

Upcoming Power Lunch – Building Toward Net Zero Carbon

Update: As of March 23, 2020, the Power Lunch is POSTPONED until a later date, TBD. Check back soon for updates.

Long term energy goals call for net zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector. What role will buildings play as we decarbonize?

Join us for lunch, networking, and speakers that will get us thinking about policies to lay the foundation for decarbonizing buildings, including electrification and energy efficiency.

Register today for this exciting upcoming event!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/power-lunch-building-toward-net-zero-carbon-registration-93806500769

Energy 2050 Power Lunch

2050 – it’s the year that states and utilities are using to set goals for our energy future. But what will the world really look like when today’s kindergartners are 36 years old and sending their own kids to school?

We’ll address that question and so much more at our Energy 2050 Power Lunch, when the Customers First! Coalition hosts one of the world’s leading futurists, Rebecca Ryan.  Ms. Ryan’s opening keynote will take us inside Fortune 1000 companies, med-tech, the U.S. Military, and NATO to see what futures are emerging, the role of utilities in enabling or disabling them, and what those futures teach us about how to prepare for 2050.

After the keynote, Ms. Ryan will sit down with industry executives for a can’t-miss panel about carbon reduction, affordable electricity, and their bets for the world in 2050.

Energy 2050 Power Lunch Agenda
August 27, 2019 – Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703

11:00 am – Registration and Networking
11:45 am – Lunch Seating, Welcome, and Keynote
12:45 pm – Break
1:00 pm – Industry Executives Panel
2:00 pm – Event Concludes

REGISTER TODAY!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-2050-power-lunch-tickets-63396067344 

Game Changers Power Breakfast Presentations

Thanks to all who attended the 2019 Game Changers Power Breakfast! Below you will find links to download presentations from the event.

2019 Power Breakfast Presentations

Wisconsin Eye will be posting coverage of the 2019 Power Breakfast. Search the Wisconsin Eye web site for “Customers First” to see the Game Changers Power Breakfast and all of our past events.

2019 Power Breakfast – Game Changers

The energy industry is changing rapidly. Attend the 2019 Power Breakfast and learn more about industry game changers from experts in the areas of energy storage, renewable energy, electric vehicles and electrification.

Customers First! Coalition
2019 Power Breakfast
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Madison Concourse Hotel

Register here!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-power-breakfast-game-changers-registration-53872063793

 

Go Electric! Power Lunch Recap

Electric vehicles and electrification were the hot topics at the September 5, 2018, Go Electric! Power Lunch at the Madison Concourse Hotel. Over one hundred and twenty attendees were on hand to hear from a variety of distinguished speakers.

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Chairman Lon Roberts kicked off the luncheon with introductory remarks focusing on the rapidly changing auto industry and the impacts of increasing electrification on the power grid; as well as drawing attention to some of the benefits of electric vehicles, such as emissions reductions and the potential to keep rates down for all customers.

The “Going Electric in Wisconsin” panel was moderated by former Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel, who reminded the audience of the history and naming of the Customers First! Coalition over twenty years ago.

Maria Redmond of the Office of Energy Innovation gave an overview of the status of EVs, including several initiatives happening in other states and regions, such as EV corridors.

Debbie Branson of Madison Gas & Electric gave an overview of the utility’s offerings to customers such as the Charge @ Home program.

Lorrie Lisek of Wisconsin Clean Cities highlighted the groups work with Midwest Evolve to help educate auto dealers about electric vehicles and encouraged attendees to participate in Ride and Drive events.

Jeff Springer of Dairyland Power Cooperative spoke about a new fast charging station grand opening in Tomah, WI and the great benefits of EVs for rural drivers as well as new opportunities for farmers to turn to beneficial electrification to improve operations.

Jake Oelke of WPPI energy highlighted time of use rates and their potential to help EV drivers charge at off-peak hours.

One audience question inquired about the taxation of electricity as a fuel source. Electricity sales, including the electricity used to fuel vehicles, have always been taxed via the utility gross receipts tax, which is deposited into the state’s general fund. There is a new, additional $100 annual fee, passed as part of the 2017-2019 state budget, on all EV registrations, which is deposited into the state’s transportation fund. Other questions included whether gas stations and convenience stores will continue to be viable in an all-electric transportation sector. Panelists agreed these stations will continue to play a role despite the changing fuel mix, which will include CNG and other fuel types as well as electricity.

The policy-makers panel featured two legislators, Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) and Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit), who spoke about game-changers in the energy and transportation sector; including autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, battery storage, and renewable energy.

Folders for attendees contained materials about utility EV offerings and upcoming events, as well as a resolution passed by the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates regarding suggestions for appropriate consumer protections as EV adoption increases.

A full rebroadcast of the program is available on Wisconsin Eye here. Go to www.wiseye.org and search for “Customers First” to see all recent events.

Go Electric! Power Lunch – Sept 5, 2018

Go Electric! at the Customers First! Coalition Power Lunch on September 5, 2018 at the Madison Concourse Hotel. Find out more about the benefits of “efficient electrification” – replacing direct fossil fuel use with electricity in a way that reduces overall emissions and energy costs. Efficient Electrification holds significant potential benefits for Wisconsin customers, utilities, and environmental advocates alike.

Registration begins at 11:30 am, with a program running from noon – 2 pm.

Following the program, we are partnering with Wisconsin Clean Cities to host an electric vehicle Ride & Drive outside the Concourse.

Register using the link below!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-customers-first-power-lunch-go-electric-tickets-48285715876