The committee includes representatives from each of the five largest investor-owned utilities, renewable energy groups, the state’s consumer advocate, and electric manufacturers and contractors.
The funding comes from Wisconsin's federal allocation for the year, for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Wisconsin residents who are late on their utility payments may face heat or electricity shutoffs with a yearlong moratorium having ended. Howe…
The bill, passed by the Senate Tuesday, would direct $900,000 a year from ratepayers of Wisconsin’s investor-owned utilities to the Customer Utility Board, an independent nonprofit organization established by the Legislature to represent utility customers.
The grants, which will support projects in 39 counties, were the second round to be funded by $48 million included in the 2019 state budget. The PSC voted to award an additional $4.4 million left over from previous years.
With more than 93,000 households facing possible disconnection, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission voted unanimously against extending a moratorium that has been in place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been nearly 17 months since Wisconsin utilities were allowed to disconnect customers for nonpayment. The PSC imposed a shutoff ban after Gov. Tony Evers authorized emergency action on March 23 and later extended it as means to protect public health during the pandemic.
The Public Service Commission voted Thursday to open an investigation dubbed a “Roadmap to Zero Carbon” to explore the economic and environmental considerations contributing to the deployment of more clean energy technologies.
Under the order, utilities will have to account not only for the avoided cost to produce electricity but also the cost to deliver it to customers and to maintain enough capacity to meet peak demand, which could lead to more favorable terms for independent power producers.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday on behalf of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, argues the Public Service Commission has overstepped its authority by preventing non-utility companies from providing services such as financing.
Paris Town Chairman John Holloway says he is confident assurances reached with Invenergy, the company planning to construct a 200-megawatt solar farm in the town, will carry over when the operation is sold to a utility company.
Despite multiple attempts to deflect the issue to lawmakers, Wisconsin regulators are wrestling with the question again as part of a dispute between the state’s largest utility and an Iowa company that wants to lease solar panels to the city of Milwaukee.
Federal regulations require a new coal ash handling system designed to prevent toxic chemicals from leaching into groundwater, so the plant’s owners are asking regulators to approve a temporary solution to comply with the law and keep the plant running until they can replace it with solar farms.
WEC Energy Group and Madison Gas and Electric were expected to file a joint application Tuesday to purchase the Paris Solar-Battery Park.
The seven largest investor-owned utilities will also be required to complete a detailed customer energy burden analysis to evaluate what portion of household income their customers spend on utility services.
The results could inform the commission’s policy decisions in the coming years, particularly on how to balance funding between solar and energy efficiency within Focus on Energy, the statewide energy savings program.
Denmark has approved a plan to build a $34 billion clean energy island in the North Sea. The island, which will be the first of its kind, will…
The utility, which serves about 9,620 customers in northwest Wisconsin, spent just over $446,000 between 2005 and 2007 to purchase a site and build the well without first seeking approval.
Dane County Judge Jacob Frost ruled Thursday that the plaintiffs can question former PSC Commissioner Mike Huebsch to learn more about his actions before the commission’s September 2019 vote to approve the $492 million project.
The Public Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to authorize construction of the Paris Solar Energy Center, a project of Chicago-based developer Invenergy.
Photovoltaic solar panels were little more than a novelty in 2004 when the current code was written to address issues like engineering, reliability and safety and to establish methods for determining the cost to connect to the grid.
The Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to approve a debt forgiveness plan that could become a model for other utilities trying to manage growing past-due balances as they have been prevented from disconnecting customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The stay issued Thursday by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals means plaintiffs in the case will not be able to question regulators or utility executives about potential conflicts of interest while the appeals panel reviews a lower court order allowing the case to move forward.