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Jon Wellinghoff to Discuss State and National Energy Policy

Jon Wellinghoff is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and an internationally recognized expert in energy regulation and policy. As the longest serving chair of the FERC, he brings to the table 40 years of leadership and expertise in the energy sector. Mr. Wellinghoff will share this expertise during his keynote address at The 26th Annual Energy Fair on Friday, June 19, at 1 p.m. where he will provide an exciting look at the state of energy in our nation, including what the future may hold for energy policy and regulation.

Wellinghoff stands for a more efficient, inclusive electric grid
During his tenure as chairmen, Wellinghoff advocated for building a stronger, more efficient national power grid through the use of renewable energies and worked to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy. He created FERC’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, which is responsible for investigating and promoting new efficient technologies, and established three top priorities: the integration of renewable energy sources into the electric grid; the implementation of advanced technologies that make energy use and distribution more efficient; and the promotion of demand-side energy practices, including real-time electricity pricing and the use of electric cars.

State energy policy matters now more than ever
In recent years, the US electricity market has entered a new era with the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increasing while electricity consumption declined. At the same time, home and business owners are presented with more options to reduce their energy use and/or generate their own on-site renewable energy and save money. Paired with the growing potential of electric vehicles and on-site energy storage, these trends are putting pressure on policy makers and regulators to transition the US energy economy.
“The changes that have taken place in the telecommunications industry over the past 15 years may provide a few good lessons for the energy industry today,” says Nick Hylla, MREA Executive Director. “The consumer shift from land line telephones to smart phones was driven by technology advancement and consumer choice. The same factors are at play in the electricity market, as customers want better energy choices.”

A national and local perspective on energy policy
In addition to the national energy policy perspective brought by Mr. Wellinghoff, Eric Callisto, a recent commissioner at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, will introduce the keynote address. Mr. Callisto is a partner in the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and will provide a valuable, state perspective to the energy policy discussion.

Energy Fair ENTERTAINMENT LINE UP

Friday, June 19
2 p.m. Silent Disco in Educator Resource Tent
3 p.m. Renewsical on the Main Stage
4 p.m. Transcribing Dance Company on the Main Stage
5 p.m. Patchouli on the Forest Stage
5 p.m. Green Mini Demo Derby in the Clean Transportation Show
7 p.m. The Mustache on the Main Stage
Saturday, June 20
2 p.m. Silent Disco in Educator Resource Tent
3 p.m. David Stokes & The Frog Chorus on the Main Stage
4 p.m. Transcribing Dance Company on the Main Stage
5 p.m. Prodo on the Forest Stage
5 p.m. Green Mini Demo Derby in the Clean Transportation Show
7 p.m. Baba Ghanooj on the Main Stage
Sunday, June 21
9 a.m. Norm Dombrowski’s Happy Notes on the Main Stage
2 p.m. Tom Pease w/guest David Stokes in Rainbow’s End
2 p.m. Silent Disco in Educator Resource Tent
3 p.m. Eddie Danger on the Main Stage

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