What’s New & Calendar of Events

  • 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.They were developed by the University of Wisconsin, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
  •  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.