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MG&E Settlement: Clear Wins for Customers Include $4 Drop in Fixed Fee, $2 Million in Savings

MADISON – The Citizens Utility Board announced significant wins for Madison Gas & Electric’s residential and small business customers in a rate settlement filed with the Public Service Commission. Among the wins: $2 MILLION PER YEAR IN SAVINGS: The size of the overall increase customers would face is $2 million per year below what MGE …

Action by Congress, PSC Could Aid Struggling Utility Customers

Legislation approved Monday by Congress will provide help to utility customers behind on their bills and low-income customers of water and wastewater utilities. In addition, the state Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved an arrearage forgiveness program for low-income customers of Alliant Energy Corp. who are behind on their utility bills. “Taken together, these are …

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 …