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?
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.
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WEC Energy may buy a 46-acre former Solvay Coke property in Milwaukee. After an environmental clean-up effort, the site could be an important part of the harbor area’s redevelopment.
The contaminated property has frontage on the Kinnickinnic River and Milwaukee’s inner harbor south of Greenfield Avenue. Although contaminated from past years of industrial use, the property’s size, water frontage and location south of downtown has made Solvay Coke a perennial subject of redevelopment talks. Former industrial buildings were torn down earlier this summer.
The property has been owned by Golden Marina Causeway LLC, of Illinois, which has been going through an ongoing bankruptcy case.
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Cathy Stepp, Wisconsin DNR Secretary, addressing members at the 2016 WUI Annual Meeting Held at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay
We wish to thank . . .
Our excellent speakers:
Cathy Stepp, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary
and Pat Stevens, DNR Division Administrator Air, Waste, and Remediation and Development.
Our panelists: Chris LaRowe (Wisconsin Public Service), Matt Pagel (Xcel Energy), John Sumi (MG&E), Kristin Gilkes (Alliant), and Joel Haubrich (WE Energies).
Our Host and luncheon speaker: National Railroad Museum Education Director, Robert Lettenberger.
Our members: We thank our WUI members for your attendance and participation!
Executive Director, James Buchen
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Deputy Director, Michelle Lancaster
Chairman of the Board, Roger Cole
& the WUI Board of Directors
Xcel Energy, the number one utility wind energy provider in the nation for twelve years running, added more renewable energy to its Upper Midwest system with the Odell Wind Farm coming on line this month. The power generated will be used by customers in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The Odell Wind Farm has 100 wind turbines spanning four southern Minnesota communities, including Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin and Watonwan counties. It will generate 200 megawatts of electricity, delivering enough energy to power 105,000 homes in the Upper Midwest. The clean energy produced at Odell Wind Farm is expected to help avoid an average 368,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
“Adding Odell Wind Farm to our growing renewable energy fleet is one of many ways we’re giving customers the clean energy options they want,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota. “This wind purchase is another significant step forward in our goal to deliver 35 percent renewable energy to our Upper Midwest customers by 2030.”
“Sustainable growth and operation of our fleet of renewable generation facilities are key ingredients in the value we deliver to our shareholders,” commented Ian Robertson, the Chief Executive Officer of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. “The Odell facility’s strong wind resources and long-term power supply agreement with Xcel make it an excellent addition to our portfolio of operating facilities.”
The Odell Wind Farm is part of a commitment Xcel Energy made in 2013 to expand its wind capacity by 42 percent by adding 750 megawatts of cost-effective, clean wind energy into the Upper Midwest by the end of 2016. Also part of this commitment, the Border Winds and Pleasant Valley wind farms came on line in late 2015, adding 350 megawatts to the system. The Courtenay Wind Farm in North Dakota will add another 200 megawatts when it is complete at the end of 2016. Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation owns the Odell Wind Farm, a project initially developed by Geronimo Energy. Under a 20 year power purchase agreement, Xcel Energy will purchase power from the Odell project.
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James Buchen, Executive Director, WUI
With the election just weeks away the race for the Whitehouse is beginning to close. The fact that Donald Trump has become competitive nationally as well as in Wisconsin has eased concerns by some Republicans that a poor performance at the top of the ticket might adversely affect candidates down ballot. In the race for the U.S. Senate, former Senator Russ Feingold has been leading in the polls but the race remains close. The outcome of the Wisconsin Senate race could swing control of the U.S. Senate, though it is looking increasingly likely that Republicans will retain control of that house in the next congress. Similarly Republicans are expected to retain control of the House of Representatives next session as well.
In Wisconsin, the Legislature is currently controlled by Republicans with a margin of 19 to 14 in the State Senate and 63 to 36 in the Assembly. Half of the members of the Senate are up for election this year but there appears to only be one truly close, contested race. The race for the vacant 18th Senate District seat that includes Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Waupun appears close, though analysis of its historic voting patterns suggests that it leans Republican. Regardless of the outcome in that race, the Republicans are likely to retain control of the State Senate.
In the Assembly, all 99 seats are up for election this year though no more than a dozen appear to be close contests. Even if the Republicans lose a couple of seats they will retain control of the Assembly.
From an energy policy standpoint the outcome of the Presidential election could have a significant impact on issues ranging from the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to oil and gas production and pipeline construction. In Wisconsin, with Republicans likely to remain in control of both houses and the Governor’s office, we should expect a sensible policy environment without any costly new energy regulations.
There is a lot at stake this election year. Be sure to get out and vote on November 8th.
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After years of planning, regulatory review and construction, a 58-mile transmission line has been placed in service between the Holmes Substation in Menominee County and the Old Mead Road Substation in Escanaba, Michigan. The project is designed to help address the unique needs of the electricity supply system in the area. “Putting this new transmission line into service will greatly benefit our customers throughout the region,” according to Brett French, ATC External Affairs Manager. “The project reflects ATC’s commitment to invest in strengthening the U.P.’s electric transmission system.”
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