Groups ask Wisconsin Public Service Commission to investigate fraudulent petition

Special to The Freeman

Oct. 29, 2014

MADISON The Wisconsin Public Service Commission received a formal request to open an investigation into a petition filed by the Consumer Energy Alliance in an ongoing We Energies rate case.

According to media reports, some of the 2,500 Wisconsin signers purported to support the rate increases in the filing were unaware their names and addresses were being used in the case. Some told reporters that they in fact oppose the rate increases. The same petition was also filed in a Madison Gas & Electric rate case.

The rate cases involve a proposal to shift significant amounts of revenue into fixed charges, which means many customers will pay higher bills regardless of how much they electricity they use. 

The change would diminish savings from energy efficiency and solar energy. We Energies proposal additionally imposes high fees on solar customers and bans third party financing methods for solar projects.

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), RENEW Wisconsin and The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) filed the request with the Commission.

The petition asks the Commission to formally investigate whether the customers who signed the petition actually signed, if CEA adequately explained what the customers signed and whether any criminal actions took place.