WUI Day at the Capitol Energizes Attendees

PSC Chair Ellen Nowak speaking at the 2015 Day at the Capitol event.

WUI held its biennial Day at the Capitol on May 7, 2015.  The
successful event drew more than 100 WUI Members from across
the state of Wisconsin. These shareholders were able to put a
face on the organization in a true grassroots effort which touched
20 Senators and 38 Assemblymen. Members were welcomed by
Chairman of the Board, Roger Cole. James Buchen, Executive
Director WUI, provided a Legislative Review of current State and
National Issues. Representative Mike Kuglitsch, Chair of the
Committee on Energy and Utilities, was joined by Todd Stewart,
Executive Director of Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group, to lead a
panel discussion concerning utility issues.

Members were greeted by a beautiful day in which to walk across
the street from the Inn on the Park to the Capitol for their
constituent meetings with their Senators and Representatives.
Upon returning from the Capitol, members enjoyed lunch followed
by a presentation from by Ellen Nowak, Chairperson of the Public
Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin. Chairperson Nowak
briefed members on both state and national utility issues and
explained the Commission’s perspective on distributed generation
and the need for fixed charges to better reflect fixed costs to
ensure that all customers shoulder their fair share of the cost of
the infrastructure needed to deliver electricity on demand.

The Wisconsin Utility Investors Board of Directors would like
to thank the speakers and panelists, former WUI Executive
Director Bob Seitz, government relations representatives from
our state utilities, and most importantly all the WUI Members
— we appreciate you!


WUI  2015 Annual Meeting

September 17, 2015

Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Click Here to Register!


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

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


WUI is the oldest state utility investor organization.
For over 30 years, we have represented utility
shareholders in Wisconsin and helped our members
to make a difference. We have grown into an effective,
nonprofit, grassroots organization of investors in
Wisconsin’s utilities. Through their efforts, WUI
volunteers have helped companies grow dividends
and protect Wisconsin jobs by positively influencing
state policies. Please join us as we work to protect
your investments.

Attend a regional meeting and learn how you can
protect your investments in Wisconsin utilities.
WUI Members are well-informed, active citizens
who value the importance of services provided by
public utilities. Members positively influence
legislative and regulatory policies, and through
their investments help companies grow, protect
jobs, and support a healthy economy.
WUI Membership Benefits
WUI members join for a variety of reasons. In
addition to our efforts at the Capitol, members
also receive free registration and meal for the:

  •  Annual Meeting
  •  Biennial Legislative Day
  • Biennial Regional Meeting

Every month you will receive a WUI publication.

  • The Investor’s Voice
  • Legislative/Regulatory Update
  • Stockholder Legislative Alerts

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