2011 News Articles

WEPCO fuel case: $26 million increase was a net zero after DOE funds were applied. (12/22/11)

Wisconsin's biggest wind farm, the Glacier Hills Wind Park (162 MW/$364 million) project is now online. (12/20/11)

EPA’s Utility MACT was released this week. There are a number of plants around the state that may now need to be retired early as a result of CSAPR and MACT and other EPA rules. (12/21/11)

WPL fuel case of $4.4 million (0.68% increase for industrials) was approved. CSAPR costs were deferred.
(12/20/11)

State Supreme Court to review WIEG-CUB lawsuit over wind farm permit. (12/16/11)

We Energies’ Valley Power Plant may be converted to burn natural gas. (12/13/11)

USA Today: Residential electric bills soar $300 in five years. (12/13/12)

New Oak Creek power plant closed for repairs. We Energies shuts down unit after review uncovers potential problem. (12/12/11)

MISO endorses $6.5 billion MVP powerline plan. Three of the sixteen lines are Wisconsin projects. (12/8/11)

Stoering named president & CEO of NSPW. (12/8/11)

Cloninger named president of WPSC. (12/7/11)

MGE rate case approved with 4.33% average increase. All CSAPR costs were deferred. (12/2/11)

WIEG, WPC and CUB challenge PSC’s decision on WEPCO rate proposal. (11/28/11)

WPSC rate case reopener approved with 3.62% industrial increase. CSAPR costs were deferred. (11/18/11)

We Energies says some coal-ash cleanup costs won't be passed along.
(11/13/11)

PSC gives final approval for WEPCO’s “zero increase” rate plan. (11/4/11)

WEPCO’s executives say future rate increases will taper off. (11/4/11)

Coal plant, summer heat energize We Energies' earnings. (10/27/11)

Feds want powerline costs socialized (10/23/11)

PSC petitioned to rule on Milwaukee streetcar utility costs. (10/19/11)

ATC applied for state approval for a 6 mile, $31 million 345kv line that would cross into Illinois from Kenosha County. (10/13/11

Utilities, business and state government challenge the expensive CSAPR rule. (10/7/11)

WEPCO’s $148 million “zero increase” proposal was approved with no changes by the PSC. (10/6/11)

Obama administration to speed up seven power line permits, including a CapX2020 project.

Economic development rate was approved by the PSC. (9/29/11)

Greenhouse rule delayed. (9/15/11)

ATC’s new 10-year plan pegged at $4 billion (9/12/11)

Obama backs off tougher and expensive new Ozone standards. (9/2/11)

WEPCO’s 50 MW, $255 million biomass project with Domtar will begin construction this week in Rothschild. (8/25/11)


WPSC asks for 9% industrial increase to comply with new EPA rules.
(8/19/11)


PSC signals it will accept WEPCO’s rate plan. (8/11/11)


Alliant to build Iowa wind farm. (8/4/11)


Fuel costs could push WEPCO bills up slightly next year
. (8/3/11)


WEPCO seeks no increase in 2012. Customer groups worry about costs in 2013 and long term.
(7/30/11)


CapX2020 project working through environmental impacts. (7/21/11)


Wisconsin’s utilities are on track to meet the renewable mandate.
(7/16/11)


EPA finalizes CSAPR rule. The final rule will push up rates in Wisconsin. (7/8/11)


Large hydro power now added to the state’s renewable mandate. (7/5/11)


Milwaukee mayor launches water economic development program.
(6/28/11)


NSPW updates rate case filing – now a 5.1% average increase.
(6/21/11)


Ellen Nowak is appointed PSC Commissioner.
(6/16/11)

States are erasing green energy mandates. (6/7/11)


Editorial: Find the right balance on economic development rates legislation.
(6/6/11)


NSPW seeks 3.8% average rate increase.
(6/1/11)


Economic development rates legislation raises concerns.
(5/30/11)


WEPCO proposes using accounting and amortization changes to delay rate increases normally scheduled for 2012.
(5/26/11)


AB 146 would end 4-year “shelf life” of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
(5/25/11)


WPPI Energy will buy nuclear power from Point Beach plant.
(5/25/11)


Wisconsin, Minnesota utilities to import power from Manitoba dams under new agreements.
(5/25/11)


WPL submits a fuel-only filing for about a 2% increase for industrials.
(5/18/11)


Power from Manitoba Hydro is allowed to count toward state’s 10% renewable mandate under bill passed by the Senate.
(5/17/11)


EPA will hold off indefinitely on enforcing boiler MACT regulations that would hurt businesses in Wisconsin.
(5/17/11)

“Walker, GOP reversing green initiatives. Recycling, wind power, energy efforts weakened.”
(5/7/11)


WPSC files for a reopener of 4.34% increases for industrials.
(5/6/11)


We Energies biomass power plant endorsed by state PSC, but with new conditions.
(5/6/11)


We Energies considering converting coal-fired Valley power plant to natural gas. New Power the Future 2 plan calls for $3.4 billion in investment through 2015.
(5/5/11)


Alliant won't pursue Green Lake wind farm, takes charge.
(5/5/11)


Alliant Energy earnings are up 69%. Rate increases, cold weather drive profit.
(5/5/11)


MGE reopener filing is a 6% increase for industrials.
(5/4/11)


Point Beach nuclear plant wins OK to expand power.
(5/3/11)


Wisconsin Energy reports record quarterly profit.
(5/3/11)


Budget committee rolls back higher fees for energy efficiency.
(5/3/11)

Montgomery: New PSC chief seeking 'balance.' (4/21/11)

Groups seek delay in bid to increase power from Point Beach nuclear.
(4/20/11)

Bill would make dams ‘green.’ Large scale hydro power would be part of 10% renewables mandate.
(4/19/11)

PSC endorses 1% hike in WEPCO power rates.
(4/14/11)

ATC to team up with Duke to build, own power lines.
(4/13/11)

WEPCO to file rate case in May.
(4/6/11)

Former state Rep. Phil Montgomery named PSC chairman.
(3/28/11)

ATC plans new power line tie to Illinois. (3/23/11)
http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/118539874.html

Invenergy cancels plans for large wind farm.
(3/21/11)

Congress likely to challenge EPA's proposed mercury-emission rules.
(3/16/11)

Shaw replaces WECC as administrator of Focus on Energy program.
(3/11/11)

Oak Creek coal plant cost overruns at $191 million. Utility customers could be on hook for extra cost.
(2/26/11)

Columbia power plant will get pollution controls. Customers of three utilities to pay $627 million.
(2/24/11)

PSC votes against “excess revenues” credits for We Energies ratepayers. Consumer groups object to Fuel Rule incentives that total $40 million for executive compensation.
(2/24/11)

We Energies ponders Valley plant's future. Stricter EPA pollution rules leading to changes.
(2/16/11)

Power the Future coal-fired plants are now completed. (1/12/11)

PSC’s “excess capacity/coal retirement” docket to continue. (1/12/11)

Expansion of Point Beach nuclear plant questioned. Environmental groups say state has enough electricity.
(1/9/11)

CapX2020 transmission plan update. (1/6/11)

Completion of Oak Creek power plant delayed a second time. (1/5/11)

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