David Michael Miller

On top of everything else, Foxconn is getting $117 million for construction of high-voltage power lines and a new substation. Electric ratepayers from around the state will subsidize this project though they will not be benefiting from it. Read more

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The state Public Service Commission delivered a “sock in the gut” to residents and conservationists opposed to building the ATC line through the Driftless Area. But the fight isn’t over yet. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Rebecca Cameron Valcq spent her career as a lawyer for WE Energies, the state’s largest utility. But ATC line opponents still thought she might vote with them. Read more

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David Michael Miller

For decades, utility companies have mostly gotten what they want from the state’s Public Service Commission. But opponents to a massive powerline proposed through the scenic Driftless Area are feeling something unusual — hope. Read more

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In the mid-’80s, the state’s Citizen Utility Board had 100,000 members; today it has only about 2,000. But as it turns 40 and has a new director, the group embarks on a campaign to reinvent itself. Read more



350 Madison

Dane County wants to require Enbridge to carry $25 million in insurance in case its pipeline through Dane County leaks. In 2015, the state Legislature passed a law prohibiting such a requirement. The state Supreme Court will now hear the case. Read more

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The world has 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate change. So why are Wisconsin’s utilities still burning coal? Read more

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Gov. Tony Evers’ pick for the Public Service Commission, Rebecca Cameron Valcq, is raising concerns over her deep ties to the utility industry. Read more

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Kori Feener

Two companies hoping to get a controversial powerline approved through the Driftless Area are now funding the staff to review the project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read more


Municipalities and companies are leading the way on renewable energy in Wisconsin. Read more


Between 2005 and 2016, $5.14 billion worth of electric transmission line projects were built or approved in Wisconsin. Opponents say the lines are not needed, are too expensive, and there’s a better way. Read more

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