WEC ENERGY GROUP RECOGNIZED FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Several WEC Energy Group employees recently received Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their achievements in research and development. The majority of the group was honored for an innovative project to prevent bat fatalities at We Energies’ BlueSky Green Field Wind Energy Center. During the first-of-its-kind project, the team deployed smart technology on several wind turbines. The technology included acoustic devices that could detect bats in the area. The bat data, along with weather information, were then entered into a predictive model that continuously evaluated the risk of bat activity near the turbines. Wind farm operators could use the data to decide when to curtail operation.

TAX REFORM BILL – HOW WILL IT BENEFIT THE RATEPAYER?

The recently enacted Tax Reform Bill will, among other things, reduce the corporate income tax rate from a maximum of 35 percent to a flat rate of 21 percent for tax years beginning after 2017. On January 10, 2018 the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) issued a request that each utility provide comments on how it proposes to implement changes resulting from the Tax Reform Bill for the benefit of ratepayers. The PSC estimates that the utilities will over collect from customers between $190 and $198 million, because the rates customers are currently paying are based on the revenue requirement at the higher tax rate. All of the Wisconsin utilities, along with consumer groups have submitted initial comments. The comments from the utilities suggest a variety of alternative approaches including: customer bill credits, use of savings for capital improvements, addressing the issue in future rate cases, and reducing pre-existing deferred balances. The consumer groups advocated for returning the savings in the form of a bill credit. The commission is currently considering various alternatives and has not yet issued a final order.

LEGISLATORS SUGGEST ALTERNATIVES TO POWER LINE

Two Wisconsin lawmakers are calling on state utility regulators to examine the likely effects of a proposed high-voltage transmission line between Madison and Dubuque, Iowa.  Republican Rep. Travis Tranel of Cuba City and Republican Rep. Todd Novak of Dodgeville have asked the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to study possible alternatives before approving the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line.  American Transmission Co., ITC and Dairyland Power will work to build the 102-mile line, which is estimated to cost $500 million. The costs would be shared by consumers in 15 states and one Canadian province. Wisconsin customers would pay for about 15 percent of the cost. The 345-kilovolt line would be the third transmission project in western Wisconsin since 2015.

WUI Invites You to a Regional Meeting Near You!

WUI 2018 Regional Meetings: Information & Links Below

Wednesday, June 13 – Madison
Alliant Offices, 4902 N Biltmore Lane
8:30am – 11:30am

Continental breakfast (free), meeting and presentations,
shareholder-owned utility booths and tour Alliant solar garden.


This meeting is complete


Thursday, June 21 – Oshkosh
LaSure’s Banquet & Catering Hall, 3125 S. Washburn Street
8:30am – 11:30am

Continental breakfast (free), meeting and presentations
and shareholder-owned utility booths.


Click Here to Register for Oshkosh Meeting



Thursday, August 23 – Stillwater, Minnesota
Lowell Inn, 102 North 2nd Street

8:30 -11:30am
Exhibits, sit down breakfast
and meeting.
Meeting is held jointly with the
Minnesota Utility Investors each
year in alternating states.

Click Here to Register for Stillwater Meeting

XCEL ENERGY ANNOUNCES NEW GROUP PRESIDENT

Xcel has named David Eves Executive Vice President, Group President – Utilities, effective March 1.
Eves will oversee the leadership of Xcel Energy’s operating companies, a responsibility previously held
by Marvin McDaniel Jr. who has retired.  Eves currently serves as President of Xcel Energy – Colorado,
and will continue in both roles at this time.

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