MREC Programs and Conferences

 Stray Voltage Investigator’s Courses

  • Three classes in Stray Voltage Investigation for dairy producers and agricultural professionals are typically held each year. Stray Voltage Investigator’s Classes were developed by the University of Wisconsin, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
  • In response to requests from the Wisconsin State government as well as the UW-Madison campus, we have postponed the introductory stray voltage investigators courses originally scheduled for May of 2020.  We traditionally run the advanced analysis course in early October.   We will stay in sequence and offer the introductory and field testing courses next, followed by the advanced analysis course.  We will assess the situation in July and determine if one or more courses will be offered in October of 2020.
  • Instructors are Paul Ortmann of Idaho Power, Doug Reinemann of the University of Wisconsin, and Robert Fick, Brian Costello, and Michael Haas of Alliant Energy.
  • To get an idea of what the Intro and Intermediate classes will cover, see the brochure for the cancelled spring class.
  • To get an idea of what the advanced class covers, see last year’s brochure.


  • The 58th Annual MREC Conference was held February 12-14, 2020 in La Crosse, WI at the Radisson Hotel.

    • Speakers presented about proper stray voltage measurement techniques, new challenges for regional energy transmission with wind and solar power generation, impact of trade agreements on farmers, energy use comparison of robotic milking compared to other systems, carbon footprint of swine systems, stray voltage effects on cow health, livestock used to manage land under solar arrays, a comparison of different types of dairy farms and their energy use, applied ethics, first hand experiences of managing a large scale robotic dairy, and converting digesters to natural gas.
    • A pre-conference workshop February 12, 2020 covered Updates on Dairy Farm Management.
  • Credit for Professional Training:

    • If you participated in an educational opportunity hosted by the Midwest Rural Energy Council and would like information on how to document instructional hours for professional training credit, click here.  You can get documentation for participation in the MREC Annual Conference or the Stray Voltage Investigator’s Training held in May in Wisconsin.