THURSDAY • JANUARY 16, 2020
MONONA TERRACE • MADISON, WI

Join RENEW Wisconsin and presenting sponsors Invenergy LLC and Zerology as we gather with renewable energy industry experts, utility leaders, government officials, students and advocates for our 9th Annual Renewable Energy Summit to be held at the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI on Thursday, January 16th, 2020!

This year’s Summit theme is 2020 Vision: The Path to 100% Clean Energy and we’ll be discussing Wisconsin’s renewable energy future. Learn, network, and prepare for a great 2020 as Wisconsin’s renewable energy landscape advances to make our state a better place for all of us to live, work, and play.

We will be adding speaker and panelist information as they’re scheduled. Early bird registration rates will be valid until December 1, 2019. Register today!

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2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Katherine Hamilton • 38 North Solutions

Katherine Hamilton is Chair of 38 North Solutions, a public policy firm focused on clean energy and innovation. Before co-founding 38 North Solutions, Katherine ran the smart grid-focused GridWise Alliance. Katherine was policy advisor for Good Energies, a private equity company with a $6B clean energy portfolio. Early in her career, Katherine designed electrical systems for commercial and residential developments for a utility. Katherine co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technology. You can hear Katherine every week on Greentech Media’s podcast, The Energy Gang.

2020 SUMMIT AGENDA

7:30 AM
RENEWABLE ENERGY 101

Aimed at renewable energy newcomers, arrive early for a discussion of renewable energy technologies and how they are used in Wisconsin. The goal of this session is to give you a foundation to get even more out of the rest of the Summit!

PRESENTER:  Sam Dunaiski

ELECTRICAL GRID 101

Learn how the electricity grid works today, and how the grid will be evolving to handle more renewable energy and more distributed technologies like solar power, batteries, and electric vehicles.

PRESENTER:  Lauren Azar

8:30 AM
WELCOME AND OPENING ADDRESS
8:45 AM
2019 ACHIEVEMENTS
9:00 AM
POLICY AND WHAT'S POSSIBLE

Laws and policy set the framework for how today’s energy systems work, and how the transition to clean energy will happen. These policymakers are making key decisions that can position Wisconsin to take advantage of clean energy opportunities. How can policy help Wisconsin achieve a 100% carbon-free future?

PANELISTS:  Senator Robert Cowles, Representative Adam Neylon, Rebecca Cameron Valcq

9:45 AM
RENEWABLE ENERGY STORIES
10:15 AM
BREAK
10:45 AM
BIOGAS IN WISCONSIN'S CARBON-FREE FUTURE

The model for successful biogas projects is changing in Wisconsin. What role can biogas play in Wisconsin’s renewable energy future and how can strategic partnerships ensure the success of these facilities?

 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES DRIVING RENEWABLE ENERGY GROWTH
Electrifying our vehicles and powering them with renewable energy is a tremendous opportunity for our state to keep dollars at home, increase homegrown renewable energy production, and reduce the environmental impacts of transportation. How are businesses and utilities preparing for and accelerating this monumental opportunity?
ENERGY STORAGE

Energy storage will be needed to maximize the benefits of solar and wind energy in the transition to a clean energy future. In addition, battery storage can enable homes, businesses, and communities to be more self-sufficient and resilient, and perhaps save money. How can utility and distributed scale battery storage help make Wisconsin’s clean energy future a reality?

PANELISTS: Steve Danbeck, Kaitlyn Howling

TRANSITIONING FROM COAL TO RENEWABLE ENERGY
Wisconsin still gets over half of our electricity from coal power plants, but a big transition is underway. What tools are best for Wisconsin to make the transition from coal to renewable energy beneficial to electricity customers, utilities, workers, and communities? This panel will discuss the newly popular topic of “securitization” and other proposals that could accelerate this transition.
11:30 AM
LUNCH
12:00 PM
LUNCH KEYNOTE – KATHERINE HAMILTON
12:45 PM
AWARDS
1:00 PM
BREAK
1:30 PM
EDUCATING WISCONSIN'S RENEWABLE WORKFORCE

To achieve the goals of the clean energy transition, we are going to need more talented individuals joining a larger, more robust clean energy workforce. How can Wisconsin’s educational institutions develop the next generation of clean energy leaders and workers, and how are they leading by example to show these students the future today?

PANELISTS:  Amy Seeboth-Wilson (moderator), Ken Walz

LARGE SCALE WIND AND SOLAR

Utility scale solar and wind development is growing in Wisconsin, and new projects being proposed will be needed to achieve a clean energy future. What obstacles do we need to overcome to get these projects built? How can we maximize the benefit to Wisconsin’s economy from manufacturing, constructing, owning and operating these facilities?

PANELISTS:  Lincoln Lande

ADVANCING DISTRIBUTED GENERATION
Net metering, interconnection, permitting and inspections are the foundational bricks upon which our distributed generation marketplace was built. How can we improve and streamline these policies, remove and reduce barriers, and ensure distributed generation’s equal opportunity to help achieve a clean energy future?
COMMUNITY-LED CLEAN ENERGY

How can residents, nonprofits, and local government officials work together to advance clean energy in their communities? Hear from advocates and leaders who are moving Wisconsin towards 100% clean energy.

PANELISTS:  Bill Bailey, Rebecca Glewen

2:30 PM
2020 VISION: GETTING TO 100%

It’s easy to talk about the transition to 100% clean energy, but how can Wisconsin ACTUALLY make this happen? Hear from visionary individuals and company leaders who are betting on this transition and the ideas they have to get there.

PANELISTS: Shree Kalluri, Russell Minick

3:15 PM
CLOSING REMARKS
3:30 PM
SOCIAL HOUR

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Lauren Azar
Azar Law LLC
BIO
Bill Bailey
Cheq Bay Renewables
BIO
Senator Robert L. Cowles
Wisconsin 2nd Senate District
BIO
Kaitlyn Howling
Invenergy LLC
BIO
Shree Kalluri
Zerology 
BIO
Lincoln Lande
EDF Renewables
BIO
Russell S. Minick
Generac Power Systems
BIO
Rebecca Cameron Valcq
WI Public Service Commmision
BIO

TELL YOUR RENEWABLE ENERGY STORY

RENEW Wisconsin is seeking submissions for Renewable Energy Stories to be presented at the 2020 Renewable Energy Summit on January 16, 2020. This portion of the Summit involves a short, fast-paced format highlighting renewable energy stories across Wisconsin.

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