As coal plants close, advocates want relief for Wisconsin ratepayers

Posted February 25, 2021
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Customer advocates encourage securitization or other creative financing for stranded assets.


Alliant says it will close the coal-fired Columbia Energy Center by 2024

Posted February 2, 2021
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Now that we have an example of a Wisconsin utility implementing environmental trust bonds, we recommend the strong consideration of securitization or other creative financing tools when a large power plant is shut down. Avoiding rate increases helps our economy overall and helps our manufacturers remain competitive in global markets.

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Waste heat technology ITC

Posted January 6, 2021
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The Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2021 included a 26% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for “Waste Energy Recovery Property.” Waste Heat Recovery/Waste Heat to Power technology now has tax treatment similar to other generation from renewable resources. WIEG appreciates the hard work and bipartisan effort of Congressional manufacturing champions to get the waste heat ITC across the finish line.


Regulators approve 1-year electricity rate freeze, 4.1% gas increase for MGE customers

Posted November 25, 2020
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We appreciated the transparency and good faith negotiations of the utility. MGE’s electric rates will now remain unchanged through December 31, 2021. There was one provision WIEG specifically requested as it is good for both energy efficiency efforts and economic development. The new customer baseline adjustment for MGE’s New Load Market Pricing tariff (RNL-1) removes a disincentive to businesses undertaking energy efficiency projects and participating in demand response programs.

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Point Beach owner seeks to run Wisconsin’s last nuclear plant for 80 years

Posted November 18, 2020
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Under the agreement, the utility is paying $52.66 per megawatt-hour this year, about 1.8 times the average wholesale price for electricity in the Midwest, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. By 2033, the cost rises to $122.45 per megawatt hour. The utility has agreed to work with consumer advocates and regulators to review the contract, which it cited earlier this year as the driving factor for a rate increase.

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