What’s New & Calendar of Events

  • Classes in Stray Voltage Investigation for dairy producers and agricultural professionals are typically held once a year. The Advanced Stray Voltage Investigation class will be held November 15-16, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Pyle Center. See the brochure for the advanced class here, and the  link to registration is here.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the University of Wisconsin Lowell Center (next door to the Pyle Center). When you book your room, mention that you are attending the Advanced Stray Voltage Investigation course. Classes in Introduction to Stray Voltage, and Stray Voltage Testing were held June 5-7, 2018 in Arlington Wisconsin. See the 2018 SV intro and intermediate class brochure here. In 2018, there also was an Advanced Stray Voltage Investigation class held February 14 as a pre-conference workshop given before the MREC Annual Rural Energy Conference. 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.
  • Our 57th Rural Energy Conference will be held February 13-15, 2019 in Bloomington, MN at the newly renovated Embassy Suites Hotel (airport). To get an idea of what the conference will be like, see the brochure for our previous conference: 56th Rural Energy Conference which was held February 14-16, 2018 in La Crosse, Wisconsin at the Radisson Hotel. The 2018 conference brochure has information about our 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; and dangers in the air on farms (manure gas, silo gas, etc.).
  •  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.


Archives of the brochures and presentations from previous annual  MREC conferences can be found here.