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WUI MEMBERS TRAVEL TO MADISON FOR DAY AT THE CAPITOL

Over 100 WUI members from across the state travelled to Madison to meet with their legislators during a critically important budgetary crunch time at our capitol. Members caught busses en-route from Green Bay and Milwaukee and also drove from points West and locally. Legislators from 16 Senate districts and 33 Assembly districts were visited. Each legislator was briefed on who Wisconsin utility shareholders are, how WUI represents a shareholder’s interests, and more specifically regarding the Wisconsin Utility Investor opposition to Senate Bill 115 and Assembly Bill 198 which seeks to nullify existing leased generation contracts.

Thank you to all who attended, braving the wet weather and construction! WUI is also very grateful for our wonderful guest speakers, Commissioner Mike Huebsch and Senator Scott Fitzgerald, for their unique insights into the regulatory and budgetary processes.

Wisconsin Utility Investors 2016 REGIONAL MEETINGS!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

 

Do you have friends who care about supporting
healthy shareholder-owned utilities? Invite them to
a complimentary WUI Regional Meeting!

Thursday, October 27, 2016 – La Crosse
Registration and Booths:  9:00am
Meeting:  10:00am – 1:30pm
Best Western Riverfront Hotel, La Crosse

 

*Click on the link above to register!

*Registration is also available by calling the WUI Offices at 608-310-5316.

 

Also, Save the date:

WUI 2016 ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS

September 15, Green Bay, at the National Train Museum!

WUI HOLDS SUCCESSFUL 2015 ANNUAL MEETING IN WISCONSIN DELLS

WUI members gather at the Annual Meeting held at the Wintergreen Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

Over 150 WUI Members from around the state met in the
Wisconsin Dells on September 17th for the 34th Annual
Meeting of the Wisconsin Utility Investors’. The day
included a brief business meeting run by Chairman Roger
Cole and a review of the past year’s events and goals by
Executive Director James Buchen. Members elected Trudy
Popenhagen and Charles Clarke to the Board of Directors,
joining the eight current Board members.

The Board of Directors was honored by the presence of
Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Scott
Neitzel, who described the role of the DOA and anchored
the legislative portion of the meeting.  Bert Garvin,
Wisconsin Energy Corporation’s Executive Vice President,
explained the structure and future plans for the newly
merged company.  A panel comprised of representatives
from Alliant, WE, WPS, Xcel, and Edison Electric provided
a brief update on their companies and answered questions
from members.

Nate Pokrass,Tournament Director, for the American
Family Insurance Championship, and Jim Buchheim,
Vice President of Communications, American Family
Insurance were the lunchtime speakers. They introduced
members to the upcoming New PGA Champions Tour
Event, which will be held June 20-26, 2016 at the
University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. Many in
attendance were interested in volunteering at the event,
click here for more information on how to volunteer.

The WUI Board of Directors is very grateful to the
excellent speakers who inform members about
legislative and company decisions which affect
shareholders.

A MESSAGE FROM WUI’S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As the new Executive Director of WUI, I want to introduce myself
and talk about priorities for the organization. By way of
background, I am a life-long resident of Wisconsin and a graduate
of the UW Madison with both a bachelors and law degree. I have
been involved in public affairs, lobbying and law for nearly 35
years, most of which was spent heading up the lobbying,
communication and legal teams at the Wisconsin Manufacturers
and Commerce – the State Chamber of Commerce. In that
capacity, I have had extensive experience working on energy
issues in collaboration with all of Wisconsin’s investor-owned
utilities.

In this transition, I am grateful to be taking the helm of an
organization with a solid membership base, great staff, an
experienced and engaged board of directors, and an excellent
relationship with Wisconsin’s investor-owned utilities. The
organization is well positioned for future success.

As we look ahead, priorities for WUI include growing the
membership, engaging the membership on key issues that
affect the financial health of Wisconsin utilities, and
continuing the organization’s strong advocacy efforts at the
State Capitol and the Public Service Commission. As always,
we value your input and encourage you to communicate
regularly with your elected officials on energy issues. With
your help and involvement and the strong leadership of our
Board of Directors, we can maintain a positive regulatory
environment and protect shareholder interests.

James A. Buchen
Executive Director, WUI

Kleefisch Energizes WUI Annual Meeting Attendents

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch speaking to WUI   Members at the 2014 WUI Annual Meeting

 

 

 

The large crowd of Wisconsin Utility Investors members who attended the WUI Annual Meeting on September eighteenth were greeted by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, who dazzled the group with an enthusiastic and informative presentation on the condition of the state’s economy and issues facing voters in the coming weeks. The session was held at the Brookfield Suites in Brookfield. In her talk, she outlined programs the Governor has put in place to deal with poverty, unemployment, and other pressing state economic concerns. Following a brief business meeting, WUI Executive Director Bob Seitz described emerging problems created by renewable energy third party owners, net billing practices, and unfair subsidies sought by renewable owners. A panel of governmental affairs representatives from the state’s five gas and electric companies discussed each company’s perspective on current issues. Phil Montgomery, Wisconsin Public Service Commission Chairman, anchored the luncheon session with an interesting discussion about the commission’s organization and practices.

Utility Panel Discussion 2014