Sept 14, 2016
MADISON, WI — Two years after pledging to hold extensive “Community Conversations,” Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) is arguing that discussion of their public outreach efforts “would be a waste of time.” At the same time, they are attempting to raise customer bills in a proceeding before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC).
MGE made a commitment in their controversial 2014 rate case to gather input on rates and bills from their customers saying, “What we may or may not request in the future will be informed by this important community-wide conversation.”
Unfortunately, MGE is now employing lawyers to prevent discussion of those “Community Conversations” from the official record in their latest attempt to raise revenues.
MGE is attempting to strike 12-pages of testimony from a citizen participating in the rate case, Nancy Korda. MGE argues, “Ms. Korda’s testimony discussing MGE’s outreach efforts should be excluded as irrelevant because it will be of no use in resolving the specific issues this proceeding presents.”
In a separate filing related to MGE’s much-hyped Community Energy Workshop, MGE testified, “The Workshop comments are irrelevant to this proceeding.” However, on a website launched by MGE yesterday, they say, “Since the workshop, we have been studying those comments so we can use them to inform our ongoing efforts.” MGE refuses to release the comments.
“MGE says one thing to the public, but another to the Commission. Customers should speak up,” said Mitch Brey, RePower Madison Campaign Director.
Monday, September 19th is the deadline for the public to submit online comments on MGE’s proposal. A public hearing will also be held at 3pm and 6pm on September 22nd at the PSC (610 N Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53705).
MGE’s proposals increases rates 1.7% for electric and 3.7% for gas and keeps high mandatory fees in place. Those fees were at the center of MGE’s Community Conversations after causing a community outcry in 2014. In a separate PSC proceeding, Alliant Energy is now pursuing high mandatory fees, as well.
More information on rate proposals at http://www.repowermadison.org/mge-and-alliant-energy-rate-cases/.
RePower Madison wants Madison to be a leader in clean energy with fair & affordable bills.
Press Release Contact: Mitch Brey, firstname.lastname@example.org, 920-323-9585