Calvin DeWitt, Professor Emeritus, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison, focuses on the Keystone XL pipeline proposed by TransCanada to move bitumen from northern Alberta to Nebraska and ultimately to Port Arthur, Texas. DeWitt presents his analysis in the context of climate change, the carbon economy of the biosphere and public policy.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Hirsh, Professor, Department of History, Virginia Tech, explains the origins of regulation in the American electric utility system and explains its close tie to technical innovation. Hirsh also delves into deregulation and its effects on the energy industry.
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.
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.
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.
Matt Levin, Author and High School Teacher, McFarland, discusses his book, “Cold War University.” Levin explores the relationship between higher education and the Cold War, focusing on how the University of Wisconsin-Madison became a hub of student political activism in the 1950s and 1960s.
BJ Casey, Sackler Professor, Developmental Psychobiology, Weill Cornell Medical College, presents the latest findings on brain and behavior, which may explain increased risk taking and experimentation during adolescence. Casey discusses treatments used to promote rehabilitation and to reduce recidivism of juveniles in the justice system.