Utility News

WEC residential customers targeted for big rate hikes

We knew this was likely to be a big year of controversy with the We Energies rate case. Now we know what We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service are looking for with the filing of the second phase of their applications. Now we know that they want to push most of the price hikes onto

PSC endorses $128 million ‘Rent-a-Roof’ pilot for We Energies

The Public Service Commission adopted a solar program for We Energies on Thursday that could cost customers more than $128 million over the next 30 years and increase rates by nearly $8 million in the first year of operation. The PSC approved a program known as Solar Now that would allow We

Finding Your Voice – What’s Your Role in our Energy Democracy?

The new issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine features an insightful look at Wisconsin’s complex energy system, breaking it down and explaining it in an accessible way. The article and a cool online feature by the academy help to simplify the wide variety of utilities that operate in

CUB Releases ‘Quick Guide to Stop Scams’

Scam artists posing as collection agents continue to prey on utility customers across Wisconsin. This fall, a We Energies customer in Waukesha County was victimized by a scam and bilked out of $1,300. And the Milwaukee utility reported more than 600 scam attempts in a month’s time this fall.

PSC Requires Recovery Plan for Madison Water Utility

In approving a rate hike for Madison Water Utility (MWU) customers, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) took the unusual move to require the utility to submit a plan to shore up its finances and reduce its reliance on borrowing. The state regulators decided that Madison Water Utility will

Settlements Approved: Give and Take Lead to Good Deals for Customers

We’ve got good news for customers of utilities based in Madison, thanks to settlements CUB and other stakeholders have negotiated with utilities. In August, state regulators unanimously approved a settlement that will keep rates stable for the next two years for Wisconsin Power and Light, the

Tallying Up Savings So Far From Utility Tax Cuts

Over the past few months Wisconsin’s major utilities have refunded tens of millions of dollars to you, passing along tax savings from corporate tax reform legislation that was enacted last year.  Based  on recent reports filed with the state Public Service Commission, the total amount given

US Rankings: Power Prices in Wis. Are Out of Whack

Last year, when I took over as executive director of the Citizens Utility Board the first thing I did was find out the price Wisconsin pays for electricity compared with other states. These stats aren’t hard to find, if you know where to look. But what I found wasn’t easy to take. Wisconsin