M-WERC’s Working Groups Delivering Informative Events in 2019

M-WERC’s working groups met throughout the fall to plot and plan for an exciting 2019 and beyond. We are proud of the successful conferences we hosted in 2018 and look forward to many practical, useful, and informative events this year!

Our Distributed Energy/Energy Storage (DE/ES) working group’s third annual Microgrids conference was extremely successful. We brought together leading industry members, governmental agencies, and nonprofits to have a forward-thinking conversation about microgrids and potential strategies for implementation at various stages of the process. The group also got a firsthand look at the microgrid at Bubolz Nature Preserve, known as the “most innovative microgrid in the Midwest.”

Wisconsin Public Radio highlighted our efforts:

“The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve isn’t just a place to hike trails and see birds and wild animals. It’s also, according to [M-WERC partner] Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation, the site of the only fully operational microgrid in the state. The term microgrid comes from the energy for the buildings being generated there, and the preserve operating free from utility-supplied power.

“A Menasha-based electrical engineering firm, [M-WERC member] Faith Technologies, designed the microgrid system. Team leader Caramy Biederman recently showed WUWM some of the power-generating devices.

“This is our Tesla battery, 100-kilowatts. Tesla battery, 420-kilowatt hours. Our 25-kilowatt fuel cell. Our 2000-gallon hydrogen storage tank, and our 60-kilowatt prime-rated Kohler generator,” he explained.”

M-WERC’s Energy Water Nexus (EWN) working group also hosted an educational and informative event. EWN successfully hosted the Energy Water Nexus Technical Conference on Driving Savings in Manufacturing last fall at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

What’s Ahead in 2019

M-WERC is excited to partner with the Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers in hosting the “2019 Wisconsin Energy Efficient Market Insights” conference next Wednesday, Jan. 23 at our Energy Innovation Center and Headquarters in Milwaukee. We will offer a professional’s forward look at Wisconsin’s Energy Efficiency & Clean Technologies Incentives and Grants Programs. Expect a timely information exchange that you can take back and use in your everyday work. Click here for more information, including registration.

M-WERC’s Public Policy Committee meets next Friday, Jan. 25 from 9:30 am-noon at the American Transmission Company in Waukesha, Wis. to discuss its 2019 activities with a particular focus on engaging with the new Wisconsin Public Service Commission leadership. The purpose of the M-WERC Public Policy Committee is to carry out one of M-WERC’s primary areas:  Support of policy in the energy, power, and controls industries. The Committee focuses on the identification, education, and dissemination of information related to local, state, regional and federal policy issues that impact the energy, power, and controls industries and are of potential interest to M-WERC member companies. E-mail debert@m-werc.org to RSVP for the Jan. 25 meeting.

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