WUI REGIONAL MEETINGS HIGHLIGHT RENEWABLES, TRANSMISSION AND ENERGY FORECASTS

WUI 2018 Regional Meetings were held recently in Madison and Oshkosh. They addressed how Wisconsin Utilities are incorporating renewable energy into a cost benefit energy portfolio and how renewables impact the consumer and investor. An overview of the Strategic Energy Assessment (SEA) draft was presented at the Madison meeting by Martin Day, Administrator of the Division of Energy Regulation at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) and the same information was presented at the Oshkosh Regional by Holly O’Higgins, SEA Docket Coordinator for the Division of Energy Regulation at PSCW. Attendees in Madison were treated to an Alliant Energy Solar project presentation and on-site tour led by Dave Sinner, Project Manager II Customer Centric Generation. Robert Bartlett, Director of Public and Community Affairs and Zack Hill, Senior Resource Development Coordinator of Alliant Energy, presented Alliant Energy’s plan to incorporate renewables. In Oshkosh attendees learned about the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission line project by Director of Environmental and Local Relations, Gregory Levesque of American Transmission Company (ATC).

MGE ENERGY ANNUAL MEETING SPOTLIGHTED CLEAN ENERGY PROJECTS

The MGE Energy Annual Meeting highlighted clean energy investments, and new technologies. Nearly 1,800 shareholders gathered for the MGE Energy 2018 Annual Meeting during which they heard from company leadership on how Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), is harnessing the power of new technologies to reach clean energy goals. President and CEO Jeff Keebler said MGE is committed to reducing carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030 and at least 80 percent by 2050, a target consistent with the U.S. Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization (MCS). The MCS is the U.S. strategy for meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

WEC ENERGY GROUP HONORED FOR PUERTO RICO POWER RESTORATION

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has presented WEC Energy Group with the association’s
special 2018 Emergency Assistance Award for its contributions to the emergency power
restoration mission in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The devastating Category 4
hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico September 20, 2017.

ALLIANT ENERGY INVESTING TO KEEP COSTS LOW

Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin energy company has filed plans with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to build a wind project that will lower energy costs for Wisconsin customers starting in 2020. The proposed project will be located in North Central Iowa which has consistently strong wind resources. Customers will benefit directly from fuel-free renewable energy that provides long-term cost stability. The cost to build new wind projects has decreased significantly over the last several years. This is largely the result of continued technological advancements that improve turbine efficiency. This project would add 150 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power an additional 70,000 homes. The company’s Wisconsin customers already benefit from low-cost wind through Alliant Energy’s ownership in three wind farms.

XCEL ENERGY REDEVELOPS BUTTERFLY AND BEE HABITAT

Xcel Energy is giving monarch butterflies, honey bees and other pollinators new life by redeveloping a dry prairie in Eau Claire. As part of National Pollinator Week, prairie enthusiasts, Xcel Energy employees, staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and children from the summer program at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center helped plant milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants on two-acres of property near Xcel Energy’s Wisconsin headquarters in Eau Claire. The event was part of a week-long national effort to recognize the importance of pollinators.

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