Midwest Rural Energy Council


 The Midwest Rural Energy Council is a membership organization whose mission is to support outreach, education and research on rural energy issues for the benefit of:

  • farms and other rural energy consumers,
  • rural energy suppliers,
  • farm organizations and agricultural trade associations,
  • electrical equipment and allied industries,
  • government regulatory agencies.

Our annual conference is in February, see details and registration below. Follow the links above or to the right to find out more about the MREC, MREC publications, announcements and other educational programs and information on a variety of rural energy issues. Here is a promotional flier about MREC (half a page, front and back).

Our 56th Rural Energy Conference will be held February 14-16, 2018 in La Crosse, Wisconsin at the Radisson Hotel. We look forward to seeing you there. You’ll see in the conference brochure that we have an exciting line-up of speakers on topics such as workplace personal safety; grid interactive thermal storage; robotic milking; LED lighting design; incentive programs for energy efficiency; biosecurity on livestock farms; community and utility-scale solar; fault calculations, equipment protection and arc flash; data from cow activity monitors; dangers in the air on farms (manure gas, silo gas, etc.); and even an in-person report from Pam Jahnke, Wisconsin Farm Report Radio. See the conference agenda and speaker list here.

Register here for the 2018 Midwest Rural Energy Conference, February 15-16, 2018 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and also for the pre-conference workshop February 14, 2018. The pre-conference workshop is on Advanced Stray Voltage Investigation. The pre-conference workshop and the conference are two separate events.

On February 14, 2018, an advanced stray voltage investigation class will be offered as the pre-conference workshop (part of the 2018 Midwest Rural Energy Conference, see above). You can register for the pre-conference workshop here, and read the conference brochure here. See the agenda and speaker list for the workshop on Advanced Stray Voltage Testing here.

Classes in Stray Voltage Investigation for dairy producers and agricultural professionals are typically held once a year, and we anticipate more will be held in spring, 2018.   In 2017, two classes were held May 9-11, at the WE Energies Service Center in Fort Atkinson, WI: Introduction to Stray Voltage, and Stray Voltage Testing. See the 2017 SV class brochure here.

Archives of previous conference brochures and conference presentations are here.

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We would like to hear from you! For more information about the MREC, contact the secretary at mrec@uwex.edu. Also, if you have comments or problems with the website please send us an email.