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