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Governor Evers Okays PSCW to Explore a Fairer Distributed Solar Rate

SOUL is uncertain whether intervenors will be able to participate in Docket 1-AC-256  “Section 119 rule making,” but the new rules established by the Commission are likely to either propel or limit investment in distributed grid modernization in Wisconsin.  On February 8, Wisconsin Public Service Commission staff posted a memo from Governor Ever’s office announcing it […]

Getting Serious About CO2 -Part II

State Efficiency Programs vs. Regional Transmission Expansion Planning        Through Fall 2019 and early Winter 2020, a team of five, volunteer citizen public intervenors accomplished what no organizations, public utilities, government entities or law firms had previously achieved. They uncovered and exposed costs and benefits of region-wide utility expansion “planning” designed to study the […]

Getting Serious About CO2 -Part I

Section I: Have I Got a Deal for You! Question: What business would make a similar investment seven times and not stop to check its performance? Answer: One that is guaranteed 10.2% return no matter what the performance is. Collectively, the electric customers or ratepayers of Wisconsin utilities function as one, big investment business. We […]

Are You RIMBY Too?

For decades, promoters of for-profit utility interests have been calling me NIMBY, as in: Not In My Back Yard.  The labeling evades the fact that I’m really a RIMBY.  I welcome alternative power sources like solar Right In My Back Yard, and on my roof, and on my neighbor’s properties too. I like my energy use right-sized and close to where it […]