February 24, 2009
Madison and Green Bay, WI - The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS) have finalized an agreement to develop a program that will help consumers save energy. The agreement was completed on February 17, 2009.
"CUB and WPS collaborated on the issues to develop a program that will provide substantial benefits to customers and the environment by aggressively pursuing energy efficiency and conservation," said Charlie Higley, CUB executive director.
CUB and WPS are now working with Focus on Energy, which provides energy efficiency and renewable energy services to residents and businesses in Wisconsin, to design the details of the program, with implementation scheduled for later this year.
The principle components of the program include the following:
The above items are part of a four-year pilot, as approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on December 18, 2008 and February 13, 2009.
"This package contains a number of initiatives that encourage energy conservation in a number of new and innovative ways," said Jim Schott, WPS vice president of regulatory affairs. "The revenue stabilization mechanism ensures that WPS will be a strong and enthusiastic supporter of these energy conservation programs without worrying about how it will affect the bottom line."
In addition, CUB and WPS will support the recommendations from Governor Jim Doyle's Task Force on Global Warming regarding enhanced conservation and energy efficiency efforts; new or improved building codes; and new or improved standards for appliances.
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. For more information, visit www.wiscub.org.
About Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control the state's growing demand for electricity and natural gas. For more information call (800) 762-7077 or visit focusonenergy.com.
About Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is an electric and natural gas utility headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It serves approximately 433,000 electric customers and 314,000 retail natural gas customers in residential, agricultural, industrial, and commercial markets. The company's service area includes northeastern and central Wisconsin, and an adjacent portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Additional information is available online at: www.wisconsinpublicservice.com.
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