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For 42 years, the nation's first Citizens Utility Board has quietly fought for safe, reliable, and affordable utility service for homeowners, renters and small businesses across Wisconsin...
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Heating costs could surge again this winter
September 20, 2022
Wisconsinites should do what they can to plan and prepare for higher heating costs again this winter.
A new outlook for winter heating costs from the National Energy Assistance Directors Association (NEADA) is forecasting that heating bills could go up by hundreds of dollars or more for a typical household, on top of a similar increase...
Saving energy and money: The Inflation Reduction Act and your home
September 7, 2022
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will yield opportunities for energy savings and greater control of your energy bills at home.
The new law represents a big step forward in making funding available to help utility customers stave off price increases linked to surging natural gas prices in the energy marketplace.
The rebates won’t be available right away...
See our residential webinar on managing your energy costs
September 1, 2022
Experts shared their insights on what to do about surging energy costs during a webinar CUB hosted for residential energy customers.
Check out the replay below or on CUB’s YouTube Channel. You can download the full presentation slides here.
The webinar on Aug. 18 was the second in a three-part series of webinars that aim to help...
See Our Residential Webinar: Setting the Stage for an Affordable Clean Energy Transition
July 26, 2022
CUB’s thrilled this year to present a series of three webinars for residential utility customers focusing on the massive energy transition taking place and opportunities for homeowners and renters to get involved and to save on their energy bills along the way.
The first residential webinar was held on July 21 and you can catch the...
Check out CUB's first small business webinar
May 26, 2022
CUB is partnering with different organizations to provide perspectives and resources for small businesses about the changing world of energy and utilities.
The series debuted last week, and if you missed it you can watch it here and find all the presentations here.
The first webinar, “Business Energy Trends 2022: Challenges & Opportunities for Your Small Business,”...
Big Rate Hikes Sought for We Energies, WPS
April 29, 2022
Half of Wisconsin's utility customers are facing big rate hikes in 2023 after We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service filed proposals Thursday to increase rates by more than 8% and 6%.
This comes at a time when energy prices are already being affected by global market factors that have raised the price of natural gas, home...
Ask CUB Your Questions
April 4, 2022
What questions do you have for CUB or about your energy or utility bills?
Let us know. CUB wants to know what’s on your mind. Just ask!
Is it the runup in natural gas prices and home heating costs? What CUB’s working on in cases involving your utility? What’s being done about fixed customer charges on monthly...
Pitch In and Donate to The Big Share
February 25, 2022
Get ready to join people from across the state in pitching in to support The Big Share 2022 this Tuesday.
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 are...
Support CUB Outreach, Donate to The Big Share
February 14, 2022
CUB is gearing up for a big one-day fundraising campaign, The Big Share, which will take place on Tuesday, March 1.
We’re excited to announce that friends of CUB will match donations dollar for dollar up to $2,500 in this year’s The Big Share. Help us reach our goal of $5,000!
CUB is one of 70...
Power Plant Projects Need Rigorous Review
January 20, 2022
As 2022 starts we are gearing up for a big year with a high-profile rate case involving the two utilities owned by WEC Energy Group, We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service.
While we prepare for that, it hasn’t been a quiet time in the PSC case arena.
Our regulatory team is focused on plans for building new power plants as...
Prepare for higher heating costs this winter
October 13, 2021
Brace yourselves for higher heating bills this winter, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin utilities and the Energy Information Administration are warning of higher heating costs this winter given natural gas prices that are twice what they were a year ago.
Depending on how severe the winter is, households could pay hundreds of dollars more this winter compared with last winter,...
MG&E Settlement: Clear Wins for Customers
September 7, 2021
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 first...
Making Strides in a Tough Year: 2021 CUB Annual Report
August 30, 2021
CUB’s annual report highlights savings for customers, advocacy for those less fortunate during the pandemic and our work to position CUB for stability and strength in the years ahead.
The 2020 Annual Report, available here, provides a snapshot of what Your Independent Consumer Voice worked on during the pandemic.
The report thanks loyal CUB members who helped...
Consumer Advocacy In Wisconsin Takes Leap Forward
April 1, 2021
MADISON, APRIL 1, 2021 — The Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin on Thursday released the following statement after Gov. Tony Evers signed Assembly Bill 27 into law as Wisconsin Act 24. The law, which the Legislature passed with unanimous bipartisan support...
Bill Passage Strengthens Advocacy for Utility Customers
March 23, 2021
A plan to help level the playing field between consumers and utilities when it comes to advocacy for fairness and affordability is on the way to Gov. Tony Evers’ desk, after the state Senate unanimously endorsed it in a voice vote Tuesday.
The bill, AB 27 and SB 47, received widespread bipartisan support, with unanimous votes...
$387 Million in Emergency Aid for Utility Customers
February 27, 2021
In response to the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin and local units of government have $387 million available to help renters with overdue rent payments and utility bills.
Wisconsin’s Department of Administration this week unveiled a new $322 million program that will help renters pay overdue rent and utility bills.
The program implements for Wisconsin...
What's Ahead for CUB in 2021
January 27, 2021
Affordability. Fairness. Equity. Safety. These are front and center for CUB as we gear up for another year as the voice for small businesses, homeowners and renters across Wisconsin.
Let’s take a quick look at the trends we’re seeing for 2021 affecting the energy and utility landscape.
First off, the pandemic. As we all continue safe practices...
Newsletter Updates 2020 Work, CUB Wishes Wisconsin Restful Holiday Season
November 25, 2020
CUB’s Fall Newsletter and Holiday Card is arriving in mailboxes across the state, so we’re happy to share it.
We want you to have a happy and restful holiday season. It’s been a cataclysmic year. Our normal routines and lives have been turned upside down, and after all we’ve been through we hope you and your...
Waukesha Co. Teachers Who Partnered with CUB Honored as Wisconsin Energy Educators of the Year
November 13, 2020
Two Waukesha County teachers whose class partnered with CUB during its 40th Anniversary year have been awarded the 2020 Energy Educator of the Year award from the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP).
CUB was thrilled to partner with teachers Danielle Chaussee and Kelly Holtzman and their Global Sustainability / Spanish class in the 2019-20 school...
Energy Efficiency Day: Ways You Can Save
October 7, 2020
Happy Energy Efficiency Day, Wisconsin!
On Energy Efficiency Day 2020, CUB wants to make you aware of some freebies and ways to save on energy costs, whether you're a Small Business, Homeowner or Renter.
Tools for Small Businesses
Focus on Energy’s new online assessment tool is here to help small businesses, and we’re excited to let you know...
Annual Report Highlights 2019 Savings and Work to Modernize CUB Funding Model
August 6, 2020
CUB’s work on rate case settlements, our 40th Anniversary celebration, resources for customers impacted by COVID-19, and efforts to secure a more stable funding model are highlighted in our 2019 Annual Report , just published on cubwi.org.
CUB secured $159 million in savings in three utility rate cases last year for customers. That brings the total...
COVID-19: How CUB is Responding
April 8, 2020
We all face challenges from the COVID-19 crisis. Here at CUB we think worrying about your utility service should not be one of them. And, thanks to quick work and cooperation from Governor Tony Evers and our utilities, Wisconsin customers don’t fear being shut off or incurring penalties or big charges to re-connect their service.
CUB Fall Newsletter: Turning 40, negotiating for customer wins, holding the line on fixed fees
December 19, 2019
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...
CUB Celebrates Staying Power at 40th Anniversary Celebration
November 22, 2019
Nearly 70 people attended as CUB celebrated 40 years of work for the people of Wisconsin and its founding by the Wisconsin Legislature in the fall of 1979.
The bill creating a nonpartisan consumer advocate for customers of Wisconsin's utilities was signed into law 40 years ago this week by Republican Gov....
CUB 2018 Annual Report: 40 Years of Savings and Advocacy
November 5, 2019
Our 40th Anniversary Edition and 2018 Annual Report is out and we’re pleased to share it with you.
We combined a retrospective about our 40 years of advocacy as the nation's first Citizens Utility Board with our report on significant cases and work in 2018.
CUB held its Milwaukee 40th Anniversary event on April 20, with 120...
Utility Bill Clinics delve into ways to save $$$
May 23, 2019
Thanks to those who attended CUB’s presentations on how to save on energy bills and Utility Bill Clinics. We hosted these events throughout the month of April at or near all four locations of Outpost Natural Foods, a CUB Small Businessr all four locations of Outpost Natural Foods, a CUB...
Power in Numbers: CUB launches drive for new members, receives city proclamation
April 10, 2019
A total of 120 longtime CUB supporters along with folks new to CUB came together Sunday to support consumer advocacy at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, a CUB small business member.
The event featured Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who issued a proclamation declaring April 7, 2019 “Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin Day” in Milwaukee, and former Wisconsin...
Outpost Foods Utility Bill Workshop Series
March 20, 2019
CUB is pleased to announce a Utility Bill Workshop series presented in partnership with Small Business Member, Outpost Foods. Over the course of April, CUB members and the general public will have an opportunity to hear from CUB Executive Director, Tom Content about CUB's work on behalf of residential and small business utility customers, get...
February 28, 2019: CUB celebrates 40 years of advocacy
March 16, 2019
The Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin will celebrate four decades of standing up to power on behalf of homeowners, renters and small businesses on April 7 in Milwaukee.
Lakefront Brewery, a CUB small business member, will host the event starting at 6:30 p.m.
CUB, the state’s independent consumer voice, was created in 1979 to advocate for the...
CUB Releases 'Quick Guide to Stop Scams'
November 15, 2018
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.
These scams come in waves, hitting utilities across Wisconsin....
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