October 24, 2013

MADISON – The Citizens Utility Board (CUB), Wisconsin’s utility watchdog and consumer advocate, announced today that Charlie Higley has stepped down after 10 years as executive director.

“Charlie Higley has done a superb job during his tenure at CUB,” said CUB President Russell Wallace.  “Over Charlie’s tenure, CUB’s advocacy on behalf of citizens and small businesses before the Public Service Commission helped bring about decisions that saved Wisconsin customers over two billion dollars on their utility bills.”

“I am proud of my service to Wisconsin’s ratepayers over the past decade,” said Higley.  “CUB’s advocacy on behalf of residential and small business utility customers before the Public Service Commission and Wisconsin Legislature has proven over and over again to be a vital service in shaping more equitable rates and policies.”

Kira Loehr has been appointed as CUB’s acting executive director. Kira is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison law school.  She serves as Chair of the Energy and Telecommunications Section of the Wisconsin State Bar.  Kira has represented CUB before the Public Service Commission since 2005. Kira became CUB’s general counsel in 2010 and will continue in that capacity.

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The Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin is a member-supported, nonprofit organization that advocates for reliable and affordable utility service. CUB represents the interests of residential, farm, and small business customers of electric, natural gas, and telecommunication utilities before the Legislature, regulatory agencies, and the courts.