CUB helps save ratepayers $70 million
WPS applied to the PSC to increase electric and gas rates by $157 million. CUB fought WPS's request on several fronts including: cost of service and rate design, WPS mismanagement of the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant resulting in a 5 month shutdown, and the immediate return of the nuclear power plant decommissioning funds following the sale of the plant.
The PSC approved a rate increase of $87 million for WPS electric and gas services for 2006. The PSC agreed with CUB's argument that the $107 million Kewaunee decommissioning fund should be refunded to ratepayers over 2006 and 2007 rather than over the 5 year period requested by WPS.
CUB helps save ratepayers $44.7 million
WPL applied to the PSC to increase electric and gas rates by $63.2 million. CUB argued for a more reasonable rate allocation across customer classes (residential, commercial, industrial), rate designs to create incentives for energy efficiency, and the impact of rate increases on low income customers, and WPL's request to disconnect certain residential customers during the winter moratorium period. CUB also argued for the immediate return to customers of $83 million in Kewaunee nuclear plant decommissioning funds following the sale of the plant.
The PSC authorized an $18.5 million rate increase for electric and gas utility services, and decided to use $56 million in Kewaunee decommissioning funds over the next two years to reduce WPL's revenue requirements.
CUB helps save ratepayers $20 million
WEPCO applied to the PSC to increase electric and gas rates by $308 million. CUB filed testimony arguing for a lower rate of return, lower fuel costs, and for residential ratepayer protection from excessive rate increases. CUB also argued for an independent review of WEPCO's renewable energy program.
The PSC approved CUB's position for an independent review of WEPCO's renewable energy program and authorized a $288 million increase.
CUB helps save ratepayers $6 million
NSP applied to the PSC to increase electric and gas rates by $51.2 million, their first request for a rate increase (beyond fuel cost increases) since 1998. CUB argued for reductions in NSP's return on equity, equity levels, and the residential customer portion in the increase.
In authorizing a $43 million increase, the PSC agreed with CUB and lowered the requested return on equity and ordered NSP to work with PSC staff to develop goals for NSP's load management programs.