Saying they expect better from a “community energy company,” a group of MGE customers plan to rally near the utility headquarters Thursday at noon to protest proposed billing and rate changes. MGE is looking to raise the fixed charges on customer bills and reduce charges for the amount of electricity used — a move critics say will discourage energy conservation while hitting low-income and elderly residents the hardest.
For the typical residential customer, the fixed charge would increase from the current $10.50 to $19 if the plan is approved by the state Public Service Commission. Future increases could take the fixed charge higher, although MGE has backed off from an earlier plan to charge $69 per customer by 2017.
Read the full story – The Cap Times, September 24, 2012