We believe clean energy makes Wisconsin a better place to live, work, and play.

RENEW Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that promotes renewable energy in Wisconsin. We work on policies and programs that expand solar power, wind power, biogas, local hydropower, geothermal energy, and electric vehicles.  Since 1991 we have been a champion for clean energy solutions in the Badger State.

Our Vision is clean renewable energy powering a strong, healthy, and vibrant Wisconsin.

 

Our Mission is to lead and accelerate the transformation to Wisconsin’s renewable energy future through advocacy, education, and collaboration.

Why do we support renewable energy?

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It’s made in Wisconsin. We’re proud of our state and what we make here. We believe we can use our own resources to produce our own energy.
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It’s good for our economy. Transitioning to renewable energy will create thousands of good-paying local jobs and keep our energy dollars in Wisconsin.
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It saves money for our businesses and families. Renewable sources like wind and solar are the most cost-effective way to generate electricity, which saves money for everyone.
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It means protecting our water and lands. Clean energy helps to preserve Wisconsin’s resources for future generations.

Our Team

Our Staff and Board of Directors bring a diverse set of passions and skills to fulfill our shared vision of renewable energy powering a prosperous Wisconsin.

Heather Allen

Executive Director

608-255-4044, ext. 1
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I am excited to be part of the global transformation to clean energy while building momentum for renewables in my home state.

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Growing up in Madison, WI I developed a deep appreciation for the natural environment and ultimately a career focused on science and policy.  After earning my Master’s in International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, I worked in Washington D.C. both at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and later at the Natural Resources Defense Council.   In these roles I advanced international scientific cooperation, strategies to adapt to climate change, and efforts to promote access to safe water and sanitation around the world.  After migrating back to Madison, I managed policy and programs for the Clean Lakes Alliance and served as the Legislative Analyst for the City of Madison and joined Renew in 2018.  I am excited to be part of the global transformation to clean energy while building momentum for renewables in my home state.
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Jodi Jean Amble

Communications and Events Director

608-255-4044, ext. 3
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I’m proud to be focusing my marketing efforts on protecting my children’s future by promoting a cleaner, stronger, and smarter Wisconsin.

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I joined RENEW in June 2017 and am incredibly inspired by this talented and tenacious team. I was the Marketing Coordinator at Norcon, Inc., a general contractor in Chicago, for 8 years where I managed all of the firm’s marketing efforts, initiated a recycling program, and supported their build out and relocation to a LEED Gold Certified office building. My husband Aaron and I moved our family from Chicago at the end of 2015 and we’re so happy to be “back home” with our daughter Ada (b. 09.18.14) and son Enzo (b. 06.26.16). In addition, I’m proud to be focusing my marketing efforts on protecting their future by promoting a cleaner, stronger, and smarter Wisconsin. When not at RENEW you can find me exploring the city with my family or singing with some of Madison’s finest musicians.

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Jim Boullion

Government Affairs Director

608-255- 4044, ext. 4
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I joined RENEW in December of 2017 because of its leadership role in the exciting changes that are happening in the renewable sectors of the energy industry. Renewable energy is reaching a tipping point where it is becoming a mainstream and critical component of our energy mix.

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I joined RENEW in December of 2017 because of its leadership role in the exciting changes that are happening in the renewable sectors of the energy industry. Renewable energy is reaching a tipping point where it is becoming a mainstream and critical component of our energy mix. I am a Wisconsin kid, born in Eau Claire and grew up in Madison. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked in the Wisconsin Assembly for 9 years. I also served as the Administrator of the Division of Policy Development at the Department of Safety and Professional Services. For most of my career I have worked in government affairs for Wisconsin’s largest construction trade associations. I represented the construction industry on many of the energy committees in the mid-2000’s and served as the Chairman of the Building Codes and Standards Work Group for the Governor’s Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables in 2004. I am also very active in the lobbying community, having been elected to the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists Board of Directors for 10 years and President for two years. I am a big history buff and for fun I love to travel and see historic places. I also enjoy outdoors activities like camping and golf.

Sam Dunaiski

Distributed Renewable Energy Program Director

608-255-4044, ext. 5
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I’m thrilled to be using my knowledge and background to help move Wisconsin toward a clean, sustainable energy future.

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I grew up outside Duluth, MN on a 50-acre Christmas tree farm that my parents still own. In college, I attended University of Wisconsin-Madison where I earned my bachelors in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Before joining RENEW in 2018, I worked as a meteorologist making forecasts for utilities, radio stations, farming groups, and other clients across the central U.S. My work led me to become very passionate about climate change, and when my family moved from the Twin Cities back to Madison, I decided to make a career change. I’m thrilled to be using my knowledge and background to help move Wisconsin toward a clean, sustainable energy future. In my spare time, I love to run, ski, and cook. I also enjoy camping trips with my wife, Maggie, and our son Ted, who was born in 2013.

Kristin Kanitz

Office Manager

608-255-4044, ext. 6
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I am excited to be a part of Wisconsin’s growing renewable energy efforts.

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I am a long-time sustainability advocate and try to be conscious of the impact we leave on the environment.  I joined RENEW Wisconsin in July 2019 and am excited to be a part of Wisconsin’s growing renewable energy efforts.  For 15 years, I worked for a NARI Certified Green residential remodeling firm helping to ensure that Green Practices were tracked on projects and in the office. I have over 30 years of advertising, event marketing and business administration experience.  I am happy to bring my skills to RENEW, and especially to our annual Ride with RENEW bike ride.  Originally from Michigan, my family and I have lived in Madison long enough to call it home.  Most days you can find me on my bike, except for the coldest winter days when you will find me downhill skiing with my family.

Andrew Kell

Policy Analyst

608-255-4044, ext. 8
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I believe that renewable energy is the key to bring communities together, decarbonize our energy infrastructure, and create economic development throughout Wisconsin.

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I grew up in a small rural town north of Green Bay, and not long after getting an English degree at UW-Oshkosh, I served in Peace Corps-Kazakhstan. Upon returning to Wisconsin from abroad, I decided to further my education in energy and environmental policy and completed a graduate degree through the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison. After grad school, I worked ten years at the Public Service Commission, where I concentrated on renewable energy policy, wholesale electricity markets, and retail rate design. I’m excited to be a new team member at RENEW Wisconsin and continue doing the good work on policies that push renewable energy and electric vehicle infrastructure forward.

Liz Misel

Development Director

608-255-4044
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I am incredibly proud to be part of an organization that promotes renewable energy in Wisconsin through advocacy, education and collaboration.

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Growing up in northern Minnesota, I enjoyed beautiful clean lakes for fishing where my dad highly encouraged catch and release for future generations. After graduating from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, I moved to Madison.  I have over 14 years of nonprofit development, event planning, and program management experience.  I have always worked at matching my career goals with my personal values, so I am incredibly proud to be part of an organization that promotes renewable energy in Wisconsin through advocacy, education and collaboration. I live with two of the funniest kids and one of the chattiest cats in Sun Prairie.  When I’m not entertaining my kids, I enjoy reading, genealogy and hand brush lettering. 

Jeremy Orr

Emerging Technologies Program Manager

608-210-1428
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I’m excited to join an organization that puts a premium on renewable energy and advocates for a cleaner, healthier, and a more economically diverse Wisconsin.

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I grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and discovered early on the importance of our natural resources. With that mindset came the exploration of more energy-efficient systems, groundwater protection, and the promotion of clean fuels in the transportation sector. I have a Master’s in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability and have several years’ experience advocating for electric vehicles and other alternative fuels. When I’m not dreaming of a Tesla, you can find me casting a fly rod, kayaking the Chain of Lakes, or effortlessly wiping out on my rollerblades.

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Michael Vickerman

Policy Director

608-255-4044, ext. 2
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Renewable energy is no longer an alternative, but the real deal, and an agricultural and a manufacturing state like Wisconsin should embrace it with open arms.

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I was hired by RENEW back in 1991 to manage an intervention before the Public Service Commission, and I feel privileged to have worked for the organization ever since. It has truly been a fantastic learning experience. In my 23 years with RENEW, the renewable energy arena has blossomed from an idealistic endeavor on the margins to a mainstream business activity. Renewable energy is no longer an alternative, but the real deal, and an agricultural and a manufacturing state like Wisconsin should embrace it with open arms. I am a long-time Wisconsinite, starting at age seven when my family moved to Milwaukee. A graduate of UW-Madison in 1978, I live in Madison with my wife Pamela. Now that our son is grown and living in Chicago, we spend many days circulating around town on our bicycles and venturing into the Dane County countryside. We also make extensive use of the sunlight radiating on our East Side residence to grow vegetables and dry clothes outside, as well as heat the water and power the household inside.

RENEW Board of Directors

Eric Udelhofen • President
Madison, WI

Jim Funk • Vice President
Winneconne, WI

Jessica Morrison • Secretary
Wauwatosa, WI

Jeff Rich • Treasurer
West Salem, WI

Mike Barnett
Madison, WI

Mike Cornell
Hartland, WI

Beth Esser
Monona, WI

Alicia Leinberger
Viroqua, WI

Darcy Lydum
Houston, TX

Jessica Niekrasz
Chicago, IL

Amy Seeboth-Wilson
Platteville, WI

Josh Stolzenberg
Wausau, WI

Sara Windjue
Plover, WI

Niels Wolter
Madison, WI

DIRECTOR EMERITUS • Lifetime • Non-voting
John Frantz
Madison, WI

Don Wichert
Madison, WI