By now you’ve probably heard that two of Wisconsin’s major utilities - Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) and Wisconsin Power & Light (WPL) - have proposed increases in their rates for electricity and natural gas, in addition to the rules governing sales of excess energy back to the grid by rooftop solar users (a process known as net metering).
As the climate crisis continues to worsen, longer, more severe, and more frequent heat waves will increasingly burden low-income individuals and families with high energy bills. This burden will be even higher if the proposed rate increases are approved. At the same time, proposed changes to net metering may put the cost savings, freedom, and independence that comes with rooftop solar even further out of reach for those experiencing the greatest climate and energy burdens.
These proposals are a threat to climate justice in Wisconsin… but we have the opportunity to take action now!
350 Wisconsin is a formal intervenor in both cases, which gives us a seat at the table to find a solution that supports a just transition to renewable energy and protects the rights of all Wisconsin communities. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) will make the final decision whether to approve or deny the proposed changes from MGE and WPL, and they want to hear from YOU!
In the MGE case, you can join the live public hearings on Wednesday, September 6 at 1 PM or 6 PM on Zoom or in-person in Madison. Check the notice of public hearing here for more information on how to join. You can also submit a written comment here through September 26.
In the WPL case, you can join the live public hearings on Wednesday, September 13 at 1 PM or 6 PM on Zoom or in-person in Madison. Check the notice of public hearing here for more information on how to join. You can also submit a written comment here through October 4.
To help you craft your comments, visit this page for talking points for both the MGE and WPL cases. https://350wisconsin.org/take-action-for-fair-energy-rates-and-affordable-solar-power-in-wisconsin/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=69cccbba-7a98-4b31-9dca-79f29f1cba74
Interested in joining a public rally in support of affordable solar power? Join us at the Dane County Farmers’ Market on September 23 for the debut of our Art Collective’s newest dance, celebrating solar and renewable energy!
Stephanie Robinson & Emily Park 350 Wisconsin Co-Executive Directors
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