Senate Republicans vote to remove clean energy champion from the Public Service Commission

Today the Wisconsin Senate voted down Tyler Huebner’s appointment to the Public Service Commission, nearly four years after he began serving in the role. Governor Evers appointed Huebner to serve as PSC commissioner in March of 2020, but the Senate waited until today to take up his appointment then hastily voted it down.

Clean Wisconsin Climate, Energy and Air Program Director Chelsea Chandler says rejecting a qualified candidate like Huebner—after he’s been serving Wisconsin well for years—is a political game that causes an unneeded disruption to a critical state agency.

“This move is a waste of resources and talent in the best of times, but especially now as Wisconsinites are increasingly experiencing the harm of an outdated energy system through climate impacts, harmful pollution, and high bills, we can’t afford to disrupt the agency that is responsibly ushering in a cleaner energy future for all,” Chandler says. “Clean Wisconsin applauds Commissioner Huebner’s service over the past four years as he has worked diligently to support clean, reliable, and affordable energy.”

Senate lawmakers did approve Evers’ nominee Summer Strand to the commission with bipartisan support. The governor also announced he will nominate Kristy Nieto, currently a division administrator for energy regulation and analysis at the PSC. Clean Wisconsin enthusiastically supports both appointments.