From an announcement made by the Government Institute of Wisconsin:

Energy Independence Workshop
April 7, 2010
Chippewa Valley Technical College
RCU Room, Business Education Center
Eau Claire, WI

We invite you to attend a meeting on April 7 in Eau Claire to learn more about energy independence and local government issues. The meeting will focus on a discussion on funding for retrofits for municipalities interested in energy independence, and will feature many informative speakers.

Attendees will also engage in valuable discussion with communities engaged in the energy independence planning process as part of the 2010 25×25 Energy Independent Communities planning process through the Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence.

This will be an valuable workshop for communities interested in energy independence issues to attend. Morning coffee refreshments will be provided beginning before 9:00 am and a lunch will also be provided beginning at 12:00 noon. Please refer to the LGI website at for more information regarding this meeting, future meetings, and other local government issues. Information and registration are provided below. The registration fee is $70 for the day-long meeting.

9:00-9:30 Introductions and Welcome
+ Eau Claire County Chair, Gregg Moore
+ City Manager of Eau Claire, Mike Huggins
+ Office Of Energy Independence Director, Judy Ziewacz (invited)
+ 2010 EI Pilot Communities (11 EI Team Leaders)
+ 2009 EI Pilot Communities (EI Team Leaders)

9:30-10:45 Local Financing Opportunities for Retrofits – PACE, On-bill, other
+ Chris Lohman, US DOE, Financial Market Development Team, Washington D.C.
+ Merrian Fuller – US DOE, Lawerence Berkley Labs
+ Mike Noreen, River Falls Municipal Utility, “Save Some Green”
+ Brian O’Connell, City of Racine, Racine Energy Efficiency Program (REEP)
Steve Frenkel – Director, Midwest Region Renewable Funding, LLC
+ Q & A — discussion about US DOE nationally competitive grant opportunity

10:45-11:15 BREAK

11:15-12:00 25×25 Plan — ECW Data Tool & US EPA Portfolio Manager — update/questions
+ Sean Weitner, Energy Center of Wisconsin

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-3:00 Community-to-Community Discussion – 2010 EI Pilot Communities
+ Facilitated by Brian Driscoll, Office of Energy Independence