The 26th Annual Energy Fair

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The 26th Annual Energy Fair June 19-21, 2015 - Custer, WI

Each year the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) hosts The Energy Fair, transforming rural Central Wisconsin into the hot spot for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living education. The Energy Fair brings over 15,000 attendees together to learn the latest and greatest in clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a more sustainable future. The Energy Fair is the nation's longest running energy education event of its kind.

The Energy Fair features:

  • Over 200 exhibitors - sustainable living and clean energy products
  • Over 200 workshops - beginner to advanced hands-on education
  • Clean Transportation Show - featuring exhibitors, vehicles and demos
  • Green Building Demos - sustainable building techniques in action
  • Food and Chef Demos - bring sustainability to your dinner table
  • Inspirational keynotes, lively entertainment, great food, and local beer

"This was my first Energy Fair and it felt like home. What an amazing group of renewable energy veterans! This is the group that built this industry and it is their spirit of industry, invention, responsibility, and determination that has brought solar power to where it is today. Maintaining this ethos as the industry grows is the opportunity and challenge for our generation and I believe we will do those who came before us right. Toward a Brighter Future!" - Mosaic, 2014 Energy Fair Exhibitor

Join us for The 26th Annual Energy Fair, June 19-21, 2015


Renew The Earth Institute
7558 Deer Road
Custer, WI 54423









Dates & Times:

Friday, June 19 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 20 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 21 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Energy Fair Tickets

Bonus: Volunteer or join as an MREA Member and get in FREE! Register to help as a volunteer or support the MREA as a member.

Energy Fair tickets are available at the Front Gate:Buy Tickets

1-Day Admission:
Adult 1-Day Pass: $15
Student/Senior 1-Day Pass: $10
Youth 13-18 1-Day Pass: $10
Youth 12 and under: Free

Weekend Admission:
Adult Weekend Pass: $35
Student/Senior Weekend Pass: $20
Youth 13-18 Weekend Pass: $20
Kids 12 and under: Free

Extended workshop tickets are available online or at The Energy Fair Marketplace. Each 3-Hour Extended Workshop is only $30.00. Advanced online ticket sales close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 15; after that time, please buy them onsite at the Marketplace. Buy tickets here. 


Current MREA members receive FREE admission to The Energy Fair. Bring your membership card to the Front Gate in exchange for a weekend wristband. (If you have lost your card or don’t receive it in time, no worries! We’ll have your name on our current member list.) You may sign up as a member at the Front Gate during the event or sign up in advance online

Please note: Anyone who signs up after 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 15 will not be included on our current member list. Instead, please sign up at the Front Gate.


We’re looking for your help! Sign up to volunteer 2 hours during The Energy Fair, and you’ll get FREE admission to that day of the Fair. Please call Ciana at 715-592-6595 ext. 112, or sign up at the event.

Program Guide:

Program Guide 2015The 2015 Energy Fair Program Guide is available online! View the Program Guide for the full line-up of workshops, keynote speakers, exhibitors, entertainment, and more:

2015 Program Guide
2015 Workshop Schedule
2015 Workshop Guide
2015 Exhibitor List

Fairgrounds Map

The 2015 Energy Fair Keynote Speakers

Jon Wellinghoff

Jon Wellinghoff
Immediate Past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Friday, June 19, 1:00 p.m.

Jon Wellinghoff is an internationally recognized energy expert and energy law attorney. As Chairman of the FERC, he advocated for a stronger national power grid through the use of renewable energy. Read More


Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman
Host of Democracy Now!

Saturday, June 20, 1:00 p.m.

Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, syndicated columnist, and the host of Democracy Now!, airing on more than 800 public television and radio stations worldwide. Read More


Atina Diffley

Atina Diffley
Author of Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works

Sunday, June 21, 1:00 p.m.

Atina Diffley is an organic farmer, educator, activist, and author of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming WorksRead More


Eric Callisto

Eric Callisto - introducing Jon Wellinghoff
Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Friday, June 19, 1:00 p.m.

Eric Callisto is a partner in the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, where his practice focuses on energy, utility, and environmental matters. Read More


Sarah Lloyd

Sarah Lloyd
Farmer and Wisconsin Farmers Union Representative

Saturday, June 20, 9:00 a.m.

Sarah is a dairy farmer and organizer, working off-farm with the Wisconsin Farmers Union, Midwest CSA Conference, and the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative.
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The Entertainment Lineup

The Mustache - Friday, 7:00 p.m. - Main Stage

The Mustache

Kicking off the evening entertainment with Wisconsin's finest funk/dance party band, The Mustache! In a time where live music has been dominated by mainstream labels, new technology, and worst of all, hairless upper lips, The Mustache has kept strong roots in classic and contemporary funk music. Ideal for flourishing a thick and bushy, party atmosphere. The band also exudes a satirical sense of humor in a Spinal Tap-esque fashion with comical characters and stage antics.

David Stokes & The Frog Chorus - Saturday, 3:00 p.m. - Main Stage

David Stokes

See and touch live frogs at this Fabulous Frog mid-day treat! Great for all ages to interact with and learn about our local Wisconsin Amphibians. They'll even croak out a tune or two.




Norm Dombrowski's Happy Notes - Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - Main Stage

Happynotes Polka

Rise and Shine, It's Polka Time! Celebrate Father's Day at The Energy Fair with a full Organic Valley breakfast and a polka dance with dad! Kids bring your dads and they'll get in FREE on Father's Day!




Click here for the Full Energy Fair Entertainment Schedule!

Energy Fair Receives Travel Green Certification

Travel Green LogoThe Energy Fair has been certified as a green tourist event by Travel Green Wisconsin. Travel Green Wisconsin is a pilot program the Wisconsin Department of Tourism sponsors to recognize tourism-related businesses that are reducing their environmental impact through operational and other improvements. To gain Travel Green certification businesses have to meet several goals including showing how they encourage staff and vendors to be environmentally aware and how they reduce their solid waste generation and energy consumption.

The Energy Fair was recognized for the following best practices:

  • All food is served on reusable or biodegradable plates and food waste is composted
  • Shower house for guests is heated by solar water heating system
  • Organic, local, and fair trade products are purchased

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