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Consumer Groups Applaud PSC Vote to Refinance $100 Million from Retired Power Plant

$40 million in savings projected from securitization for Pleasant Prairie Plant PSC vote advances key element of 2019 rate case settlement with consumer groups, We Energies The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group, Inc. (WIEG) applauded the Public Service Commission for this morning’s vote to approve an application from We Energies …

Stability Amid Pandemic: MG&E Settlement Would Leave Electric Rates Unchanged in 2021

CUB reached a settlement with Madison Gas & Electric in its 2021 rate case to keep electricity costs from going up in a time of pandemic and economic pain. The draft settlement was filed with the Public Service Commission on Friday and will be reviewed by the PSC in the coming weeks and months. Under …

July 23, 2020: Wisconsin regulators cite surge in COVID-19 cases, delay shutoffs of utility customers

Disconnections of utility customers in Wisconsin won’t start this weekend after the Public Service Commission voted to delay shutoffs until Sept. 1, citing worsening COVID-19 statistics in Wisconsin.  The PSC voted 2-1 Thursday to require utilities to hold off on disconnecting residential customers who are behind on their bills, citing changed circumstances since the Commission’s last meeting on …

Mid-Year Update on Coal and Nuclear Costs, and Rate Cases

 We’re almost halfway through a strange and tumultuous year, and that makes now a good time to update you on a number of our cases at the Public Service Commission.  Here’s a look at some of the cases we’re tracking:  Coal plant retirement costs: CUB will be filing comments this summer on the Strategic Energy Assessment, …

CUB Fall Newsletter: Turning 40, negotiating for customer wins, holding the line on fixed fees

We’ve got some important updates to share in our fall newsletter and holiday card, which has just been published. Check it out here. You’ll find updates on our 40th Anniversary Celebration in Madison, as we celebrated nearly 40 years to the day from when Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus signed into law the bill creating the …

November 14, 2019: PSC Misses Opportunity to Protect WPS Customers from Weston 3 Overruns

The Public Service Commission on Thursday missed a great opportunity to secure savings for utility customers in northeastern and north central Wisconsin. The rate decision by the PSC will require utility customers to pay for cost overruns plus profit totaling $89 million on a pollution control project that went 24% over budget. The project at …

August 20, 2019: PSC misses the mark by approving a risky power line that may never deliver on its promises

Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin (CUB) strongly disagrees with Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) approval today of a $500 million power line project from Dubuque, Iowa to Middleton, Wisconsin. CUB’s legal brief in the case, filed in July, disputes evidence claiming that the line is needed for reliability and that it will deliver promised …

April 11, 2019: PSC trims costs to customers as it endorses biggest solar projects in state history

The Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin on Thursday welcomed a decision by state regulators that paves the way for the largest solar projects in state history while also protecting utility customers from costly overruns. By a 2-0 vote, the PSC endorsed both the 300-megawatt Badger Hollow solar project in Iowa County as well as the …