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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Keynotes and Agenda Set for January Renewable Energy Policy Summit

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December 17, 2014

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Keynotes and Agenda Set for January Renewable Energy Policy Summit
Event Aims to Unlock the Clean Energy Transition
RENEW Wisconsin will host its fourth annual Renewable Energy Policy Summit on Friday, January 9th, 2015 at UW-Madison’s Union South. The theme of the event, "Unlocking the Clean Energy Transition," will highlight the importance of renewable energy to Wisconsin's economy. The early-bird registration deadline is Saturday, December 20th.

The event will feature two keynote speakers. They are:

  •  Brad Klein, Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law & Policy Center, will kick off this year’s program. Brad will cover the recently concluded utility rate cases, and the Iowa Supreme Court ruling in 2014 which allowed third-party financing of solar.

  •  Jigar Shah, President of Generate Capital and founder of SunEdison, will deliver the afternoon address.  Widely known as a clean energy visionary, Jigar will offer his perspective on the emerging opportunities for powering the economy of the future with clean energy’s impact on the economy.

Between the opening and closing keynotes, panelists and presenters will emphasize the economic and business opportunities for renewable energy, highlighting new planning initiatives, projects and anticipated regulatory changes. These include:

  • A morning panel of state and local policymakers will discuss targeted efforts to advance renewable energy options as state energy policy evolves. The panel will feature Representative Chris Taylor (D-78 Madison) and Matt Howard, Sustainability Director for the City of Milwaukee.  Additional legislators and local officials have been invited.

  •   A lunchtime presentation on Vernon Electric Cooperative’s trail-blazing community solar installation, located alongside its headquarters in Westby.

  •   Four afternoon presentations examining scenarios for expanding renewable energy market share:

 --What’s Next for Solar (Matt Neumann, owner, Pewaukee-based SunVest Solar)
-- Bioenergy and Energy Independence (Jeff Rich, director of the Envision energy initiative for La Crosse-based Gundersen Health System)
 -- Big Vision for Wisconsin’s Renewable Energy (Jane Elder, executive director of Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters)
--Renewable Energy for the Clean Power Plan (Gary Radloff, Director, Midwest Energy Power Analysis, UW Energy Institute)

Following the afternoon keynote, an awards ceremony will recognize the most noteworthy installations energized in 2014 and honor Wisconsin leaders in renewable energy.

RENEW Wisconsin’s Executive Director Tyler Huebner says, “We chose this year’s theme to highlight the tremendous economic development potential for Wisconsin from harvesting more of its own home-grown energy sources, and contrast it to the current uphill battle many renewable energy businesses currently face in this state."

The early-bird deadline for registration is Saturday, December 20th. Early-bird rates are $85 for Members of RENEW Wisconsin and $110 for non-members, and rates will go to $95 and $125 respectively after the deadline. The rate for government employees is $85 and for students is $35; these two rates won't change with the deadline. Membership with RENEW starts at $35 for individuals and $200 for businesses and organizations.

For more information on the 2015 program agenda, speakers, and registration, please visit


RENEW Wisconsin leads and accelerates the transformation to Wisconsin's renewable energy future through advocacy, education, and collaboration. More information on RENEW’s Web site at 

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