The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has issued written
approval of the acquisition of Integrys Energy Group of Chicago
by Wisconsin Energy of Milwaukee. The $9.1 billion deal was
previously approved by federal and Michigan regulators and
shareholders of each company. It requires approval by regulators
in Illinois and Minnesota. Integrys owns natural gas distribution
companies in each of those states.

New Power Line Considered For Walworth and Kenosha Counties

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A new power line in Kenosha and Walworth counties is needed to
reinforce the local grid in a fast growing part of southeastern
Wisconsin, American Transmission Co. said Monday.  The line
would extend 25 to 34 miles and cost between $71 million and
$91 million. The 138,000-volt transmission line has been
proposed in a filing by American Transmission Company with the
state Public Service Commission. The PSC will be asked to approve
the project and select a route.  The shorter route includes
construction of a new substation in the Town of Wheatland, as
well as a new 69,000-volt line connecting that substation with
Twin Lakes. The PSC’s review of the project will include public
hearings likely to take place this fall. A final decision is expected
next year.  Construction would start in 2017 and be completed
in 2019.

PSC Approves Order For Badger Coulee Transmission Line

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has approved the
formal order outlining the requirements that must be met in the
construction of the 345,000-volt Badger Coulee Transmission
Line. Project partners American Transmission Company and
Xcel Energy will begin contacting landowners along the
approximately 180-mile line in May to begin the real estate
acquisition process. The project, which will electrically connect
the La Crosse area to northern Dane County, will help ensure
electric reliability for communities throughout western Wisconsin
and improve access to lower-cost power and renewable energy.
While construction is not set to begin until spring 2016,
negotiations with landowners will begin next month to acquire
easements along the route. Negotiations, along with
construction, will be sequenced over eight segments, working
from south to north.


“Landowners who live along the route in Dane, Columbia and a
portion of northeastern Sauk County soon will receive
information about easement negotiations as well as their rights
under Wisconsin law,” said ATC Real Estate Manager Sarah
Justus.  “Negotiations are very important to resolving landowner
questions and concerns specific to individual properties.”

Wisconsin Rooftop Solar Protesters Make National News (for Proving our Point)

Failure of protests against the Rate Fairness plans of Wisconsin utilities makes national news.  As you saw here first, MacIver Institute video shows that reliable energy from Wisconsin Investor-Owned Utilities is even important to protesters who want everyone else to pay for their rooftop solar.

This is funny because it only impacted a blow-up prop at an environmental protest.  Imagine giving these people control over the electric grid that hospitals and emergency responders rely upon.

Thank you, shareholders, for investing in reliable energy for all of Wisconsin’s needs.  We even provide reliable energy for opponents to protest the safe, reliable energy we provide.

In this great country, they have the First Amendment right to protest and we have the responsibility to continue to provide the truth about rate fairness, energy reliability, and a balanced, affordable energy mix.


Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, a subsidiary
of Integrys Energy Group, has filed a request for
new utility rates in 2015 with the Public Service
Commission of Wisconsin The proposal calls for
an 8.0% increase in electric rates and a decrease of
0.5% in natural gas rates. The company’s electric
rates have remained relatively unchanged since 2008
and gas distribution rates have decreased over the
same period.

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