CUB’s Board Meets Wednesday, May 24
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CUB’s next quarterly Board of Directors meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24. Hear updates from the Executive, Finance and Outreach and Engagement committees, and organizational and program updates from the Executive Director. The public meeting will be conducted virtually, via Microsoft Teams. Agenda: Call to Order Review of Minutes from March…

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$500 Million More? Utilities Seek New Rate Hikes
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Are these utility companies hurting?

In a word, no! The parent companies for the five Wisconsin utilities reported billions in profit last year. And the profits for just the monopoly utilities that they operate in Wisconsin totaled $1.3 billion in 2022.

Utility shutoff 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…

Support CUB Through The Big Share 2023
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CUB is looking for supporters from across the state to support our work during The Big Share 2022 today and tomorrow. By participating, you can help CUB and other nonprofits working for fairness “Make Change Happen.” That’s the theme for The Big Share, a one-day outpouring of giving in which hundreds of thousands of dollars…

With Prices on the Rise, Some Tips for Saving Energy
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In Wisconsin this winter, we’ve already seen a brutally cold stretch in December followed by a prolonged spell of warmer than average temperatures this month. But given high natural gas prices, winter heating costs are still expected to be a big challenge for Wisconsinites this winter. And electricity and natural gas costs for many in…

Double-Digit Rate Hike Approved for We Energies Customers
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Electricity costs for residential customers of We Energies will increase by 11% in January after the state Public Service Commission approved a rate increase that kept the utility’s profit rate well above the national average. The PSC on Thursday voted to approve the rate increase for We Energies customers. The increase for residential customers is…

WPS Profits Kept Too High as PSC Approves Electric Rate Hike
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Electricity costs for customers of Wisconsin Public Service will increase in January after the state Public Service Commission approved a rate increase that kept the utility’s profit rate well above the national average. The PSC on Thursday voted to approve the rate increase for WPS customers. The increase for residential customers will be smaller than…

Customers face double-digit hike, now it’s time to hear from you
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Now is the opportunity for We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service customers to make their voice heard in rate cases that will set utility prices for 2023. Public hearings will take place next week in Green Bay and Milwaukee, and the time to submit written comments will close soon after those hearings. The hearings come…

See energy tech experts’ insights on CUB small business webinar
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Companies taking steps to control energy use or deploy new technologies are seeing how it empowers employees, helps with branding and makes their company more attractive for potential employees, speakers at CUB’s most recent small business webinar said. The Oct. 13 webinar, “Steps Your Business Can Take to Manage Your Energy Costs,” featured Geri Waack,…

Watch CUB’s Small Business Webinar on Clean Energy Transition
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Taking steps to embrace clean energy has helped Bounce Milwaukee’s bottom line, branding and employee buy-in, co-owner Becky Cooper said during CUB’s Small Business webinar earlier this month. The Oct. 6 webinar, “Clean Energy Transition: What Does It Mean for My Small Business,” featured Maria Redmond, director of the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean…

2021 Annual Report: Year of Transformation, Savings
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2021 was a year of transformation for CUB and a year of racking up additional savings for you the customers of Wisconsin utilities. The Citizens Utility Board annual report for 2021 is out and can be viewed online here or by clicking on the photo of below. The report highlights accomplishments for CUB in 2021,…

CUB Fights High Utility Profits, Secures Wins in Rate Settlement
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The Citizens Utility Board and other groups have reached an agreement with two Wisconsin utilities on a partial rate case settlement that provides important wins for residential utility customers while allowing CUB to press its case against exorbitant utility profits. The rate case settlement, filed in two utility cases involving subsidiaries of WEC Energy Group…