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Big Rate Hikes Sought for We Energies, WPS

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, …

PSC Approves Costly Natural Gas Plant

State regulators on Thursday voted 2-to-1 to approve a proposal from Milwaukee and Green Bay utilities to build a new natural gas power plant at a cost of $171 million. The Citizens Utility Board urged the Public Service Commission to vote against the plant, citing concerns over the utilities’ overly optimistic assumptions about future natural …

Power Plant Projects Need Rigorous Review

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 …

Prepare for higher heating costs this winter

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 …

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 …

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 …

May 18, 2015: Green Bay Utility to Charge Customers if They Never Turn Their Lights On

For Immediate Release:   May 18, 2015 CUB: Green Bay Utility Wants to Charge Customers $300 a Year Even if They Never Turn Their Lights On MADISON — On Friday, May 15, 2015, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation released another proposal to increase residential and small business fixed customer charges for electric and natural gas service. WPSC …

November 6, 2014: Saving Money on Your Energy Bill Just Got Harder

For Immediate Release:  November 6, 2014 Saving Money on Your Energy Bill Just Got Harder MADISON — Today, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, on a 2 to 1 vote, approved an increase of more than 80% for the monthly customer charge paid by all residential and small business electric customers of Wisconsin Public Service …

November 18, 2011: No Rate Increase for WPS Customers

For Immediate Release: November 18, 2011 PSC: No Rate Increase for WPS Residential Customers MADISON – The Citizens Utility Board applauds yesterday’s decision by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin not to increase electric rates for residential and small commercial customers of Wisconsin Public Service Corporation.  The PSC also reduced the rates residential customers of …

December 16, 2010: PSC Reduces Rate Hike Requested by WPS

For Immediate Release: December 16, 2010 PSC Reduces Rate Hike Requested by WPS MADISON — Today the Public Service Commission reduced the rate hike for electricity sought by Wisconsin Public Service Corp. In its request filed on April 1, 2010, WPS sought to increase electricity rates by $64.2 million or 6.9 percent. Today’s decision by …