You are invited!

To attend our Joint-Regional Meeting on October 27th in La Crosse Wisconsin!

Speaker, Luncheon, Bingo, Door Prizes!


MUI/WUI Joint  Regional Meeting

Thursday, October 27, 2016

AmericInn Hotel &  Conference Center

1835 Rose Street • LaCrosse, WI


9:30 a.m. Registration, Booths, Coffee

10:00 a.m Welcome

Overview of the Clean Energy Act–  Where is it now?

Clean Energy Act – Utility Perspective



Nuclear Energy – How does it fit into  the future?

                     Door Prizes

1:30 p.m. Adjourn

• Cast your vote in our Fun and Very Unscientific Survey of MN & WI Candidates

• Play Utility Shareholder Bingo

Win door prizes!


Come and Learn about who we are, join to stay in touch with Utility news on a state and federal level.

The Minnesota Utility Investors (MUI) and Wisconsin Utility Investors (WUI) are grassroots organizations of  individuals and business investors  owning shares in utility companies  operating in Minnesota and Wisconsin. They work to enhance the voice and  impact of utility shareholders in the  development of federal, regional and state legislative and regulatory policy.



Members and potential members gathered at the beautiful SentryWorld Club House in Stevens Point on June 16th to learn about the possible impacts of the Obama Administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan on Wisconsin’s Utilities and Economy. Luke Vebber, Director of Environmental & Energy Policy for Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) provided an industrial customer perspective on the issue; as well as an update on the legal battle surrounding the issue in Federal Court. Wisconsin and a number of other states have sued, arguing that the government has no authority to enact the rule.

For the Utility Industry perspective, Jeff Hanson, Sr. Manager of Environmental and Decommissioning Services for Alliant Energy, shared the approach being taken by our state utilities and Alliant Energy in particular.  He outlined the company’s effort to reduce CO2 by retiring old coal generation and replacing it with a combination of natural gas, which produces half the CO2 of equivalent coal generation, and wind generation, which has become cost competitive with natural gas.

Executive Director, James Buchen, delineated WUI’s position on various bills in the last legislative session.  The meeting began with a welcome from the WUI Board of Directors Chairman, Roger Cole, who described the Wisconsin Utility Investor Member as intelligent and invested individuals who care deeply about their country and who recognize the tremendous service and stability which our investor-owned utilities provide.

Attendees were encouraged by local State Representative Katrina Shankland and Senator Julie Lassa to contact their legislators about issues which matter to them; in fact, members were encouraged to reach out and develop a relationship with their legislator even in the absence of a volatile issue, and share “your story”.

Please join WUI in Pewaukee on July 14 for the second Regional Meeting of 2016.  The program will feature Representative Mike Kuglitsch, Chair of the Assembly Energy Committee along with fellow committee member Representative Adam Neylon.  In addition to discussion of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, a representative from the American Transmission Company will provide an overview of the Wisconsin electric transmission system and plans for future expansion.

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

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