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February 26, 2013: CUB Testimony before Senate Committee

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2013 CUB Testimony before Senate Committee on Government Operations, Public Works, and Telecommunications Testimony of Charlie Higley Executive Director Citizens Utility Board Before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Public Works, and Telecommunications SB 35 Would Reduce Public Disclosure of Proposed Transmission Lines Good morning Chairman Farrow and members of the committee, …

January 20, 2012: Legislature should restore funds to Focus on Energy

For Immediate Release: January 20, 2012 Legislature should restore funds to Focus on Energy In the spring of 2011, Governor Scott Walker and legislative leaders significantly cut funding to Focus on Energy, the statewide energy efficiency program that helps residents and businesses lower energy bills. A recent legislative audit demonstrates that the benefits of  Focus …

September 21, 2011: Testimony relating to liability of customers for unbilled utility services

For Immediate Release: September 21, 2011 Testimony regarding SB 58, relating to the liability of public utility customers for unbilled utility service The Honorable Rob Cowles Chairman, Senate Committee on Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection Wisconsin State Capitol Madison, Wisconsin RE: Testimony regarding SB 58, relating to liability of public utility customers for unbilled utility …

May 3, 2011: Joint Finance Committee Cuts Energy Efficiency

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2011 Joint Finance Committee Cuts Energy Efficiency, Raises Energy Bills MADISON – Today the Joint Committee on Finance unfortunately voted to reduce funding for Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency program. On a party-line vote, the Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee rolled back the budget for Focus …

June 17, 2011: Governor Walker Should Veto Focus on Energy Cuts

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2011 Governor Walker Should Veto Focus on Energy Cuts In early May, the Joint Finance Committee voted to significantly cut funding for Focus on Energy, the successful statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program. This cut promises to result in higher energy bills, fewer jobs and more pollution in Wisconsin; …

May 25, 2011: Testimony relating to electric rates promoting economic development

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2011 Testimony regarding AB 145, relating to electric rates to promote economic development The Honorable Mark Honadel Chairman, Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities Wisconsin State Capitol Madison, Wisconsin RE: Testimony regarding AB 145, relating to electric rates to promote economic development. Dear Chairman Honadel: Thank you for this opportunity …

May 13, 2011: Letter to Legislators to Oppose Economic Development Rates

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2011 Letter to Legislators to Oppose Economic Development Rates RE: Please oppose legislation regarding Economic Development Rates. Dear Members of the Wisconsin Legislature: Legislation has been drafted, LRB-0715/1, that would undo century-old requirements that utility rates be just, reasonable and non-discriminatory.  Under the guise of “economic development,” large industrial customers …

May 10, 2011: The Give-Away to the Telecom Industry

For Immediate Release: May 10, 2011 The Give-Away to the Telecom Industry, and the Take-Away of Grandma’s Phone MADISON – The Citizens Utility Board is calling on legislators to offer amendments to legislation that will deregulate telephone service, otherwise households that rely on basic phone service may see skyrocketing costs, poor service quality, and even …

December 15, 2010: Energy Efficiency Saves Money for Ratepayers

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2010 Energy Efficiency Saves Money for Ratepayers MADISON — The Citizens Utility Board applauds Tuesday’s approval by the Committee on Joint Finance of the proposal by the Public Service Commission to increase investments in energy efficiency for 2011 through 2014. The Committee on Joint Finance approved budgets for Focus on …

April 16, 2010: CEJA Will Reduce Electricity Bills

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2010 Clean Energy Jobs Act Will Reduce Electricity Bills MADISON – The Citizens Utility Board would like to note that the energy efficiency and renewable energy provisions of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, as amended, will result in lower electricity bills than under a business-as-usual approach. The Public Service Commission …