Energy and the Wisconsin Economy

jobs in sensors and controls in WisconsinWith targeted investments and forward-looking policies, Wisconsin could capitalize on its strengths in sensors and controls for the advanced energy industry to drive economic growth and support over 44,000 jobs annually.

Join us as we discuss the recently-released Wisconsin Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Sensors & Controls for Advanced Energy with Gary Radloff, report contributor and WEI director of Midwest energy policy analysis. Radloff leads a conversation between Wisconsin energy experts –and you – exploring how education, training, access to capital, the innovation ecosystem, value chain build-out, and local market growth can boost Wisconsin’s energy, power and controls industry.

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Gary Radloff 
Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis for the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI)
Honorary Associate/Fellow with the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE)


Gary RadloffGary Radloff is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis for the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI). He is an Honorary Associate/Fellow with the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). Radloff has also served as the Interim Director with the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative at the University of Wisconsin.

Radloff’s research focus is on state and federal energy policy analysis and development. His research includes the interplay of energy policy with other state and federal policy including the areas of land use, agriculture, environmental and health. The work is designed to utilize an energy systems approach to complement work in energy modeling and economics, and stakeholder engagement.


Tom Still
President of the Wisconsin Technology Council

Tom StillTom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. The Tech Council is the nonprofit, bipartisan science and technology policy advisory board to the governor and the Legislature. Its programs include the Tech Council Investor Networks,the Tech Council Investor Networks, the Tech Council Innovation Network, the Governor’s Business Plan Contest, and regular events that connect entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and others with a stake in the tech-based economy

Mary Schlaefer
President & CEO, Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation

Mary SchlaeferAs President and CEO of WECC, Mary oversees the organization’s overall strategy and direction. Mary has played a key role in the conceptualization of innovative energy saving programs, including the formation of WECC’s overall strategic product development plan which emphasizes an integrated, holistic approach to efficiency and conservation. She has increased the integration of technology and financing solutions. She has also driven the development of programs to reach underserved markets such as manufactured homes and rural communities, and has led the development of community-based approaches that strengthen communities through increasing community engagement, leveraging private investment, and promoting workforce development.

Joel ShoemakerJoel Shoemaker
Principal Investigator, Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education and instructor, Madison College

Shoemaker is a Wisconsin state-certified Master Electrician with over 12 years of experience with photovoltaic systems. He has been a Co-PI for Madison College’s NSF ATE grants since 2009. He has been a past instructor for the PV trainer programs offered by Madison College and Solar Energy International, and led the creation of the Madison College PV Institute for High School Teachers. In 2011, the Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards and the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council recognized Shoemaker as a Centennial Educator.

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