The activities help to inform and educate business and policy leaders in Wisconsin (and increasingly, other parts of the Midwest and U.S.) on critical issues facing Wisconsin's utilities. Through this information exchange, better, more informed decisions can be made regarding issues such as energy efficiency, rate making, infrastructure planning, and renewable energy. For example, the institute's annual Energy Utility Basics course helps prepare professionals, from both the public and private sector, to work on utility related issues. Through programs such as this, attendees are able to learn from and discuss topical issues with experts from the UW and from the broader community. WPUI programs have covered issues such as renewable energy incentives, nuclear power, and ethics in regulation.