" a voluntary collaborative promoting distributed  generation in Wisconsin "

Meetings 2014

January 17     April 11      July 11       October 10

  • October 10 - 9:30 am-1:00 pm at ECW (749 University Row, Suite 320 in Madison, WI)
    Meeting Agenda 

    Presentations from  projects receiving WIDRC donations

    "Microgrids in Madison"

    Ben Kaldunski M.S. Candidate, UW-Madison Nelson Institute
    pdf Presentation
    Report Prepared for WIDRC (October 2014) "An Economic Analysis of Solar PV Microgrids: Are They a Cost-Effective Option for Solar Deployment in Madison?"

    Lunch Presentation

    Dr. Adel Nasiri, Professor of Power Electronics, Power Electronics and Electric Drives Laboratory, UW-Milwaukee
    pdf Presentation "Microgrids for Renewable Energy Integration, Grid Support, and Energy Security Improvement"

    Microgrids act as a free-standing power source that can provide electricity to the surrounding area and also send power to the overall electrical grid. Microgrids are gaining attention as a means to address the expense, loss of productivity and security risks associated with power outages. Professor Nasiri is working on a small-scale system that will generate power from a wind turbine, solar panels, natural gas generators and lithium-ion batteries.

  • July 11 - 9:30 am-1:00 pm at ECW (749 University Row, Suite 320 in Madison, WI)
    Meeting Agenda 

    General Meeting Presentations

    for Distributed Energy Resource Related Activities 2014"

    Larry Krom, Vice Chair, WIDRC
    pdf Presentation

    Special Presentation at the July 11th Meeting:
    "Insights on the German Energiewende"

    Ken Walz, Madison Area Technical College
    pdf Presentation

    The National Science Foundation recently sponsored an international learning exchange focusing on renewable energy.  Ken Walz was one of 16 two-year college faculty from the U.S. that visited Germany to learn about the German Energiewende policy and the transformations and innovations happening in German energy sector.  The trip included meetings and dialogue with educational organizations, industry representatives, and representatives from various German government ministries and political parties.  This presentation will share some of the observations learned from this exchange.

  • April 11 - 9:30 am-1:00 pm at WPPI Energy 1425 Corporate Center Dr. Sun Prairie, WI 53590
    Meeting Agenda 

    General Meeting Presentations

    10:00 a.m.
    Lynn Hinkle
    Minnesota Value of Solar – Lynn Hinkle (MN SEIA) In March 2014, Minnesota utility regulators approved the nation’s first statewide formula for calculating the value of customer-generated solar power.  The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted in favor of a proposal aimed at settling the perennial debate over how much solar power is worth to a utility and its ratepayers, as well as society and the environment.
    Lynn Hinkle Presentation

    11:00 a.m. Clark Gellings

    The Integrated Grid – Clark Gellings (EPRI) The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently launched a study on the transformation of the electric power grid, with the rapid rise of distributed energy resources – such as rooftop solar panels and high tech microgrids – and how these could be integrated so customers can enjoy both their benefits and those of the central power system in the most cost effective way.  The potential for this “integrated grid” is a transformation in the ways that electric power is supplied and used, with distributed energy contributing more effectively to system capacity, flexibility, efficiency and environmental attributes.
    Clark Gellings Presentation

    Additional Links to Related EPRI Reports:
    Abstract & Report: U.S. Energy Efficiency Potential Through 2035 
    Abstract & Report: Smart Grid Leadership Report: Global Smart Grid Implementation Assessment

  • January 17 - 9:30 am-1:00 pm at ECW (749 University Row, Suite 320 in Madison, WI)
    Meeting Agenda  New officers were announced.

    General Meeting Presentations

    Summary overview of 2014 RENEW Energy Summit  (partially funded by a 2013 WIDRC donation)

    Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin
    pdf Presentation

    Third-Party Distributed Generation: Setting the Stage for Debate

    Steve Kihm,  Director of Market Research and Policy, Energy Center of Wisconsin
    pdf Presentation

    Subsequent to Steve Kihm's presentation, a new Energy Center report "Third-Party Distributed Generation Issues and Challenges for Policymakers" reveals that setting prices in this manner raises significant issues for policymakers.

     Prepared by Energy Centerr of Wisconsin, March 2014

    After the WIDRC January meeting, a presentation on results of the Focus on Energy Program Report was given at the Public Service Commission.
    arrow Link to the report  pdf "Year 2012- Focus on Energy Economic Impact Report"