Clean Energy Goes Mainstream
Speakers and Panelists
CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative
Barbara Nick joined Dairyland in December 2014. Under her leadership, Dairyland Power Cooperative has begun an initiative to invest in renewable energy and diversify its electricity production.
Dairyland's new renewable investments include:
"Dairyland's growing solar and wind initiatives are key components of our strategic objective of Resource Diversification - essentially, less coal, with more renewables and less-emitting generation sources," said Nick in a press release announcing that they will purchase power from the Quilt Block Wind Project.
Excecutive Director of Vote Solar
Adam is the Executive Director of Vote Solar. He leads Vote Solar's team of advocates, experts, and staff working to bring solar to the mainstream across the U.S. Adam co-founded the organization in 2002 after he had so much fun working on a successful local solar ballot initiative that he decided to pursue solar advocacy full-time.
His 15 years at the helm of Vote Solar have earned him the title of being the "Michael Jordan of solar policy." Prior to Vote Solar, Adam spent eight years with the Environmental Protection Agency where he ran an award-winning pollution prevention program.
Adam grew up in Miami, and served with the Peace Corp in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa--experiences that taught him about the power of the sun. He's glad to now call Oakland home.
Laura Caspari, Panelist
Laura Caspari is the Director of Development for SoCore Energy. At SoCore Energy, she is responsible for the strategy and execution of solar projects in twelve states. In 2016, Laura was responsible for the origination and development of fourteen distributed solar projects with Dairyland Power. This project was the largest ground-mounted solar energy rollout in Wisconsin history, roughly doubling the existing amount of solar energy generated in the state. Laura views Wisconsin as a key market with significant opportunity for growth in medium to large scale solar.
Gregg Herman, Panelist
As a General Engineer for the Department of Defense, the nation’s largest energy user, Gregg plans and oversees execution of general construction and energy conservation projects for the 88th Regional Support Command of the US Army Reserve, which encompasses an area including 19 upper tier states from Ohio, west, to Washington. He recently oversaw design and construction of a 125 kW photovoltaic array on the US Army Reserve installation in Milwaukee. The 88th has over half a megawatt of solar arrays in progress in pursuit of DoD mandates which direct at least 25 percent of any DoD facility energy consumption come from renewable energy sources by 2025. He began his energy career in the US Navy nuclear power program as a submarine reactor operator.
Jeff Ripp, Panelist
Jeff is the Administrator for the Division of Energy Regulation at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing electric and natural gas utility rates and service as well as reviewing major construction projects for regulated natural gas and electric utilities. He previously served as the PSC’s Assistant Administrator for water utility regulation. His previous work experience includes the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources, the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, and the Wisconsin DNR. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with an M.S. in water resource management (1998) and a B.S. in chemistry and environmental studies (1994).