Business/Economics

Create an Energy Portfolio

Paul Meier, Scientist, Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW-Madison, assesses energy systems to create a model of Wisconsin’s energy picture which is socially acceptable, financially responsible and reliable. Meier analyzes electricity systems, transportation systems and fuel production systems as criteria for building an energy portfolio.

Our Non-Carbon Based Technologies

Michael Corradini, Director, Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW-Madison; James Tinjum, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, UW-Madison; and Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin discuss nuclear, solar and wind power technologies.

Should We Really be Adding Electric Vehicles?

Lauren Azar, Attorney, Azar Law, LLC; Laura Williams, Market Development Manager, Madison, Gas and Electric; Fran Crotty, Team Leader, Renewable Energy, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Bulent Sarlioglu, Assistant Professor, Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW-Madison; and Peter Taglia , Staff Scientist, Clean Wisconsin explore whether adding electric cars is an advantage to the environment.

The History of Power Production

Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute; Scott Williams, Wisconsin Energy Institute Liaison, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute; and Terry Hottenroth, Attorney, Hottneroth Law Offices, LLC; discuss the history of power and the history of the politics that brought us to the industry that we have today.

Just How Much Energy is Out There?

Alan Carroll, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, discusses how long our fossil fuel energy supplies will last, how much it costs to secure the energy, and the consequences of burning fossil fuels.

Understanding Your Energy Bill

Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute and Bruce Chapman, Senior Economist, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting, explain the charges on a line by line basis on electric bills. Braithwait and Chapman discuss the differences between electric co-ops and electric companies and how each arrives at their fees.

Be Awesome Without Their Permission

Alexis Ohanian, Founder, Reddit, author of “Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed,” shares his philosophy on entrepreneurship and the path he took to co-found Reddit, one of the most popular online, social news websites.

Biology, Business and the Brain

William A. Linton, Chairman & CEO, Promega Corporation, Fitchburg, reflects on his life, focusing on why he started Promega Corporation. Linton discusses the current relationship between the business, community and education. He shares his thoughts on the future of scientific research, involvement in the community and where his biotechnology corporation fits in.

Who We Are as a Nation: Sister Simone Campbell

Retired Wisconsin Public Radio Host Jean Feraca interviews Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK, about her religion, politics and the national debt, and the Nuns on the Bus phenomenon.

Leaders' Ways and Wisdom: Michael O'Halleran

Michael O'Halleran, Executive Chairman, Aon Benfield, looks at the history of the United States and the global economy from the 1970s forward. O’Halleran explains how and why globalization occurred.

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