On Thursday, Clean Wisconsin attorneys filed a brief with the Public Service Commission (PSC) calling on commissioners to reject a proposed settlement agreement in the We Energies rate case. The company wants to raise electric bills for residential customers by 13% and gas bills by as much as 13.8%. The residential rates are significantly higher
What does the We Energies rate case tell us about how Wisconsin energy companies make money? Spoiler Alert: It’s not by promoting energy efficiency. We Energies customers across Wisconsin are bracing for higher bills. The company is asking the Public Service Commission to approve a large rate hike, insisting its investment in new solar
How often do we think about the food we eat and its impact on climate? A new food product called Kernza® perennial grain is part of a major effort to fight climate change by changing what we plant and eat. But can Kernza really find a place on dinner tables – and in cereal
Prehn cast the deciding vote to block groundwater standards for harmful PFAS chemicals and voted to weaken new PFAS drinking water standards. Today the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Natural Resources Board member Fred Prehn could stay in his seat indefinitely. Prehn’s term ended more than a year ago, but he has refused to
Statement from Clean Wisconsin Climate, Energy and Air Program Director Chelsea Chandler “An investment in clean energy is an investment in vibrant Wisconsin communities. Wisconsin imports every bit of coal, gasoline and heating gas we use, pouring more than $14 billion dollars out of our state every year and putting us at the mercy of
A rare Wisconsin wetland will remain protected. Yesterday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied a petition from Atlanta-based Meteor Timber, LLC., to re-hear its wetlands case. The company had sought to destroy a hardwood wetland forest in Monroe County to build a frac-sand loading depot on the site. “This is a permit that never should have
Today the Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to approve construction of the Koshkonong Solar Energy Center, a 300 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar farm proposed for Dane County. The project includes 165 MW of battery storage and would generate enough clean, reliable electricity to power more than 60,000 homes. Clean Wisconsin submitted expert testimony in support
New requirement comes after last year’s Clean Wisconsin v. DNR state Supreme Court ruling For the first time, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is using its permitting authority to require a large-scale dairy operation to monitor groundwater pollution around farm fields where it spreads manure. As part of its DNR-issued Concentrated Animal Feeding
What Wisconsin’s latest coal plant closing tells us about the future of energy.
The Dirty Water Rule will have major impacts to water quality due to the importance of ephemeral streams and non-adjacent wetlands. But what are these waterbodies?