Environmental Perspectives and Research Opportunities for the Power Industry
Bruce Ramme, Vice President – Environmental, WEC Energy Group
Friday, May 6th
9:00- 9:30 am
Ramme will outline theenvironmental regulatory changes, and resulting opportunities from Air, Land and Water Quality perspectives.
Ramme is responsible for compliance strategy and planning, mitigation and risk management, environmental permitting of new projects, compliance assurance and identification of new and/or enhanced means of benefiting the environment through the business practices of WEC Energy Group’s utilities.
Ramme joined the company in 1980 as a civil engineer in the transmission engineering division. Subsequently, he served in a variety of power plant and power system engineering roles. In 2002, he was appointed manager – land quality. In that role he was responsible for the management of coal combustion products, environmental property matters, environmental monitoring, remediation, environmental incident response and various environmental construction projects. In 2010, Ramme was appointed vice president – environmental of We Energies.
Ramme earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, Master of Science degree in civil engineering, Executive Master of Business Administration, and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Ramme has obtained a number of patents and has authored numerous papers and a handbook on the utilization of coal combustion products. He is a member of the industry advisory committee for the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and serves on the Boards of the Council of Great Lakes Industries, and the Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee.
Ramme is a registered professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin, and also holds a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources solid waste disposal facility manager license. He also is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute, and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and National Society of Professional Engineers. He was named Engineer of the Year in 2005 by the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers, and has contributed to programs that have resulted in recognition and awards for We Energies, such as the 2010 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Performance and the 2015 BizTimes I.Q. (Innovation Quotient) Award.