The Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (WAEE)

1:30 Breakout Session:  

Topic:  Wisconsin's Political and Regulatory Energy Trends  

Description:  The WAEE is delighted to have one of it's featured presentations return for the 5th consecutive year.  The presentation includes an overview of current political and regulatory trends and changes in recent decades.  Key statistics regarding Wisconsin’s economy, generation resources, supply/demand and rate comparisons along with upcoming federal, regional and state regulations and how that may impact Wisconsin’s ratepayers will be presented.

Speaker Information: Todd Stuart is executive director of the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group, Inc. (WIEG). WIEG is a non-profit association of large energy consumers that advocates for policies that drive affordable and reliable energy.  WIEG testifies before the Legislature, the Public Service Commission and the Department of Natural Resources in order to control costs for large ratepayers.  WIEG has been instrumental in saving large energy users hundreds of millions of $ related to proposed utility rate increases that were significantly reduced.  Todd received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from UW-Madison.

Topic:  Ultrasonic Leak Detection      

Description:  This presentation will focus on predictive/preventative technologies and strategies to increase energy efficiency using ultrasonic leak detection equipment.  It will highlight the basic principles of ultrasound as a technology, the major application groups of inspection and the techniques utilized along with real world case histories. 

Speaker Information:  Blake Canham has been a Regional Manager for UE Systems for 10 years. His primary role has evolved into equipment training and technical assistance for users of UE Systems ultrasonic inspection equipment.  He is Level 1 certified in Airborne Structureborne ultrasound and is an active member of multiple reliability associations including AEE, AFE, SMRP, and the Vibration Institute.

Topic:  Energy-Efficient Infrastructure Management in the IoT Era

Description:  In the future, intelligent buildings will be more efficient, more connected, and more integrated, particularly with the advent of IoT.  As industries are continuously changing, buildings energy infrastructure needs to be transformed to keep up.  Real-time energy usage data is underutilized in production facilities.  A vision of the integrated power and control architecture will be provided and discussed.

Speakers Information:  

Jim Mansfield leads the Faith Technologies Automation & Process Controls Group as the “Group Manager.”  Jim has 30 years of experience leading Operational Transformation teams and initiatives to solve the most complex business goals initiatives and needs in the Industrial, General Building and Mission Critical Markets.  

Michael Franz is the Technical Leader for Faith’s Corporate Energy Management Solutions.  Michael has 30 years of experience developing, implementing and supporting Energy Management solutions and programs within the Industrial, General Building and Mission Critical Markets.  

Bryan Robertson is the Technical Leader for Faith’s Building Automation System Solutions.  Bryan has 20 years of experience in Plant Floor Automation.  

Topic:  Geothermal Heat Pumps...Renewed Interest in a 50 Year Old Technology    

Description:  This session will discuss the renewed interest in this 50 year old “NEW” technology, classified by DOE, State Organizations, utility regulators and utilities as a “renewable” thermal asset and an energy efficiency technology, one that can reduce “peak load”, reduce emissions, lower the end users energy costs and create jobs. It will also discuss the influx of “third party” investors that are eliminating the “first cost” issue of this technology and why that will grow the market for this technology even faster.

This session will also show the impact this technology has had on the institutional market across the US and why it is being embraced in “water deprivation” states.  In addition, this session will address the steps a design professional needs to take to become proficient in this technology, outlining the available training from the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) and AEE.

Speaker Information:  John DiEnna is the Executive Director & Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII); he is a business development and marketing professional with over forty years combined experience in the electric utility industry and the renewable energy industry. He is a nationally recognized authority on all aspects of renewable technology and specifically geothermal heat pumps (GHP), including marketing, creative financing, and the resulting positive economic and environmental impact that can be derived from the use of geothermal heat pump systems and other renewable technologies.. His expertise is internationally acknowledged as a valued resource by not only the renewable & geothermal heat pump industry but also by government officials, both national and international, trade allies, and all major market segment associations in the promotion of geothermal heat pump technology.

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