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ENERGY RESEARCH CONSORTIUM ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW MEMBERS

The Mid-West Energy Research Consortium has welcomed four new members to the
M-WERC team. SAS Institute, Alliant Energy, Madison Gas and Electric, OSIsoft and Tetra
Tech have all joined. M-WERC also thanked Kohler Company for their renewed support of
our organization. The SAS Institute is the world’s largest privately held software business
and is based out of Cary, North Carolina. They are a founding member of the Smart Cities
Technologies working group.

XCEL ENERGY BOARD ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBER

David K. Owens has been elected to Xcel Energy’s Board of Directors effective immediately. An executive with
extensive experience in public policies concerning energy and utility operations, Owens is recognized as an
industry
expert on business transformation.

After 36 years of service, Owens recently retired from the Edison Electric Institute, the association representing
all
U.S. investor-owned electric companies. He served as an Executive Vice President with EEI and was the first African-American to hold an officer title with the organization. Owens guided the association on issues affecting
the future
structure of the electric industry and the new rules in evolving competitive markets.

WISCONSIN FARMER SUCCESSFUL IN XCEL ENERGY STRAY VOLTAGE CASE

A western Wisconsin farmer could be awarded up to $13.5 million after winning a five-year legal battle against an
electric services company over stray voltage. The farmer had claimed that his dairy farm herd of nearly 1,000 cows
became ill and had decreased milk production for more than a decade because of improperly grounded power lines.
The jury award was $4.5 million, but could be tripled if the company were found in willful, wanton or reckless violation of statutes. Xcel Energy spokeswoman Christine Ouellette says the company is disappointed by the decision and is looking into the next steps.

WUI Board of Directors Tours Wisconsin’s Largest Hydro Dam

Jim Falls Dam, Chippewa Falls, WI

 

WUI Board Members and Staff from left to right; James Buchen, Charles Clarke, Roger Cole,Michelle Lancaster, Phillip Mikulsky, Walter Woelfle, Thomas Fehring, Jeffery West, Richard Krueger, Kenyon Kies, and Trudy Popenhagen.

 


On June 15, 2017, members of the Wisconsin Utility Investors Board held  a board of director’s meeting in Chippewa Falls and toured the state’s largest hydro dam (in terms of generating capacity) at Jim Falls. The dam is an impressive engineering accomplishment, built in 1988 and functioning at full capacity today while preserving and contributing to the natural beauty, habitat and leisure access of the area. Board members were grateful to Xcel Energy for the opportunity to learn more about the powerful contribution of this hydro dam in terms of energy and preservation of our natural resources.

NEW TRANSMISSION LINE IN THE WORKS

American Transmission Co., ITC Midwest LLC and Dairyland Power Cooperative have plans for a high-voltage transmission line connecting northeastern Iowa and western Wisconsin that would provide economic benefits, improved reliability and better access to renewable energy resources for the region. Dubbed the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Project, the 345-kilovolt line would run for 125 miles from Dubuque County, Iowa, to Dane County, Wisconsin. Various alternative routes are currently being considered and the companies expect to file a formal application with regulators some time in 2018-19.

WISCONSIN COMMUNITIES SCORE 355 TREES THROUGH ATC, BUCKS PARTNERSHIP

The Milwaukee Bucks welcomed American Transmission Company to center court
during its last regular season game. The company is donating 355 trees to Wisconsin
communities as part of a partnership called Trees for Threes with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Trees for Threes program sponsors the planting of a new tree in Wisconsin for each
three-point shot the Bucks made at the BMO Harris Bradley Center this season. That total
was 355 after the Bucks’ last regular season game. The team far surpassed its three-point
tally from last season, which was 220 three-pointers made at home.

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