Media Release / Jul 25, 2014

M-WERC welcomes industry partners, researchers, and business leaders

Joshua Morby: 414.791.9120

More than 100 people attended open member meeting

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MILWAUKEE – The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) hosted their bi-monthly open member meeting on July 25 at the WE Energies Public Service Building Auditorium with presentations from David Porter of the Electric Power Research Institute, Ken Copp from American Transmission Company, and David Chiesa from S&C Electric Company.

“Our speakers and attendees reflect the diversity of interests and opportunities in the energy power and controls industry,” said Alan Perlstein Executive Director of M-WERC. “We’re excited about the opportunities and the growth that innovative grid technologies continues to bring to this industry sector and the members of M-WERC.”

The presentations focused on changes in the electric power system through evolving energy resources, Innovation in grid technologies, policy incentives and consumer choices.  David Porter from EPRI presented excerpts from a paper on “The Integrated Grid, and the need to integrate distributed power generation systems in the planning and operation of the electricity grid. Ken Copp from ATC provided details of the mid-west transmission system and on going improvements in eliminating transmission constraints to accommodate growth in the mid-west system. David Chiesa from S&C Electric Company  featured the latest Smart Grid self healing equipment from S&C Electric Company, and how it improves response time and reduces the cost of system outages.

M-WERC was founded in 2009 by three universities and four industrial companies as the Southeast Wisconsin Energy Technology Research Consortium with the mission of conducting collaborative and transformative energy-related seed research.

Today M-WERC has in excess of 75 members and is dedicated to making the Midwest region the leader in energy, power and control. It has five core mission areas: technology innovation; market and industry expansion; public policy support; workforce development; and organization development and strategic collaboration. It encompasses the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri. For more information visit