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Check out CUB’s 2023 Impact Report
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Your Citizens Utility Board is tallying up savings and a whole lot more. CUB’s 2023 Impact Report details the work by our team to save money for utility customers, and share our insights and expertise as thought leaders on making the energy transition affordable and accessible for all. The second annual impact report provides snapshots…

Understanding Your Utility Bill 
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Navigating the complexities of your utility bill might not be the most exciting task, but gaining a clear understanding is crucial for ensuring you’re not overpaying and making the most of your home’s energy efficiency. For many Wisconsin residents, the monthly utility bill is a significant expense, and knowing what each section means can help…

Utility moratorium ending; get help to avoid shutoff
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April 15 marks the end of the winter moratorium on disconnecting utility service for Wisconsin utility customers. Customers who are behind on their bills are urged to reach out to their utility to set up a payment plan, and to apply for energy assistance if they’re eligible. Here are resources for customers facing disconnection or…

Help CUB ‘Make Change Happen’ in The Big Share 2024
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CUB is looking for supporters from across the state to support our work during The Big Share 2024 on March 5th. By participating, you can help CUB and other nonprofits work to “Make Change Happen.” That’s the theme for The Big Share, a one-day outpouring of giving in which hundreds of thousands of dollars are…

Keep Competitive Bidding for Power Line Projects
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March 13 UPDATE: The state Senate adjourned Tuesday without voting on this bill, meaning it failed to pass. CUB thanks our members and supporters who called their legislators to voice their opposition to this bill! See news coverage here. Wisconsin’s utilities are pushing hard to pass “Right of First Refusal” legislation, AB 470 and SB…

Customer Input Sought on New Energy Rebates
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Public input is being sought to help Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program establish a new incentive program for home energy saving rebates tied to the Inflation Reduction Act.  Wisconsin has been allocated $149 million in rebates, thanks to the IRA. These rebates cover both a home energy efficiency rebate program as well as an instant…

PSC to We Energies: More Savings Needed for Customers When Coal Plants Shut Down
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MADISON – State regulators sent a clear signal: We Energies needs to increase savings for customers as it transitions away from coal-fired power.The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday asked We Energies to prepare a comprehensive analysis on how to save customers money as coal plants retire prematurely in the transition to cleaner fuels.“All utilities…

WPS Electric Rates to Come Down in 2024
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MADISON – State regulators on Tuesday approved a reduction in 2024 electricity rates for customers of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. in northeastern and northern Wisconsin.The state Public Service Commission authorized additional costs for new generation projects the utility has built but those costs were offset by declining fuel costs expected in 2024.In a few areas,…

Alliant Rate Hike Approved, PSC Demands Savings When Coal Plants Retire
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MADISON – Wisconsin utility regulators on Thursday approved a sizable increase in electric rates for customers of Alliant Energy but sent a strong message that they want to see more savings in the years ahead on coal plants that are being shut down as part of the energy transition.CUB’s regulatory team put a spotlight on…

Xcel rate increase pared back, PSC denies higher profits
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MADISON — Customers of Xcel Energy will see a much smaller increase on electric bills come January after state regulators sided with CUB and voted to block the company’s request to hike its profits.The Public Service Commission could have gone further in reducing profits, which would have enabled customers to see a decrease on their…

PSC Trims MGE Rate Hike, Signals Concern on Customer Affordability
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MADISON – Utility regulators voted Friday to reduce the size of Madison Gas & Electric’s rate increase for customers and take a small but important step to trim the utility’s high profits. CUB’s regulatory team put a spotlight on affordability, energy burden, and fairness in this case. Throughout the proceeding, CUB cited concerns about how…

Another costly winter ahead: Take steps now to save
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Winter heating costs will be high this winter, if not quite as high as last winter. The National Energy Assistance Directors Association’s winter outlook shows that homes heating with natural gas could pay $726 just for heating over the six-month heating season, making it the second costliest winter in the past decade. A separate report…