PSCW (Again) Extends Shut-Off Moratorium

On August 20, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) voted 2-1 to again extend the utility shut-off moratorium until October 1, 2020. In July, the three-person Commission extended the moratorium for only residential customers (which previously was set to expire on July 25) until September 1. The moratorium was originally implemented by Governor Evers […]

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PSCW Releases Draft Order on EVs Pilot Program Plan

In August, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) voted to require Wisconsin’s major electric utilities to submit an electric vehicle pilot program plan for PSCW review and approval by May 15, 2021.  Last week, PSCW opened a public comment period on the draft Commission order. Per the order, PSCW directed utilities to include in […]

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PSC Extends Utility Shut-Off Moratorium

On July 24, the three-person Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 2-1 to extend the utility shut-off moratorium for only residential customers until September 1. In June, the Commission decided to lift the moratorium and utility disconnections were scheduled for delinquent customers starting on July 25. The moratorium was originally implemented by Governor Evers in March […]

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Gov. Evers Appoints New PSCW Commissioner

On March 11, Gov. Tony Evers appointed Tyler Huebner to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW). Huebner, formerly executive director of RENEW Wisconsin, replaces Mike Huebscsh, who retired from the PSCW in February. Huebner will fill out the remainder of Huebsch’s term, ending March 1, 2021. Huebner’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. Huebner […]

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Solar Farm Projects Approved By PSCW

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) approved Wisconsin’s fourth solar farm project on Jan. 30, 2020. Commissioners unanimously approved the 149-megawatt Badger State Solar Farm in Jefferson County, developed by Ranger Power. Badger State will supply electricity to Dairyland Power Cooperative, a Wisconsin-based wholesale energy provider for rural electric cooperatives and municipal electric utilities. […]

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PSCW Commissioner Resigns

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) Commissioner Mike Huebsch recently announced week he will retire from PSCW effective Feb. 3. Huebsch was appointed to the PSCW by Gov. Scott Walker in 2015. His term would have expired in 2021. Before his appointment to the PSCW, Huebsch served as secretary of the Department of Administration and […]

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PSCW Holds Electric Vehicles Workshop

On Dec. 5, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) held a workshop on electric vehicles (EVs). The workshop is part of PSCW’s investigation of EV policy and regulation, an investigative docket that PSCW approved in February 2019. (PSCW Docket # 5-EI-156.) According to the notice, input at the workshop will be used to inform future […]

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Rep. Neubauer Releases Climate Change Package

This week, Rep. Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) released a package of bills to address climate change in Wisconsin. The “Forward on Climate” package addresses carbon emissions, investment in renewable energy, weatherization, and sustainable farming.   Social Cost of Carbon LRB 4811 would require the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to consider the social cost of […]

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PSCW Gives Final Approval to Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) has given final approval for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line. The line will electrically connect Dane County, Wisconsin to Dubuque County, Iowa. Additional approvals are needed from the Iowa Utilities Board and federal agencies. The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the application and conditions, which received initial approval […]

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PSCW Releases Summary Memo on Investigation of Electric Vehicles

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) has released a summary memorandum of initial comments in its docket to investigate electric vehicle (EV) policy and regulation. Comments were submitted by 24 parties, six utilities, and 12 members of the public in response to 28 questions categorized under the eight investigation topics initially laid out by PSCW. […]

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