- Water Cases
Waukesha Water Utility
Water Rates for 2012
On December 15, 2011, Waukesha Water Utility applied with the Public Service Commission to increase water rates by $2.3 million, or 27 percent, primarily to pay for its proposal to divert water from Lake Michigan to serve local needs.
Waukesha has yet to receive approval for the diversion from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources or the Great Lakes Compact, nor has Waukesha applied for permission to construct the project with the PSC.
CUB intervened in the case to make sure that only appropriate costs for water service are included in rates.
The PSC division administrator for water utilities issued a final decision in this case on July 10, 2012. The PSC disagreed with CUB and will allow Waukesha to increase rates by $2.3 million, or 27 percent, to cover the costs of its investigation of alternative sources of water, even though the PSC has no way to assess whether the utility’s pursuit of alternatives is reasonable.
City of Cudahy Water Utility
Request for Economic Development Rates
On August 11, 2011, the PSC opened an investigation into whether Cudahy Water Utility can create a new, reduced water rate for water-intensive businesses that relocate to the city or expand within the city.
CUB and Clean Wisconsin intervened in the docket, and then Cudahy withdrew its application and is no longer seeking a new rate. Quoting PSC staff, “The Utility made this decision [to withdraw its application] after CUB and Clean Wisconsin filed to be intervenors in this case. The Utility wanted to avoid possible future expenses and negative publicity associated with the case.”
City of Whitewater Municipal Water Utility
Rates for Water
On April 29, 2011, Whitewater Municipal Water Utility submitted an application with the PSC to raise water rates by $318,000 or 23 percent.
CUB intervened in the case and argued that Whitewater’s largest customer, LSP-Whitewater LP, which owns a 285 megawatt cogeneration power plant, was trying to shift costs onto residential ratepayers.
The PSC issued its decision on November 10, 2011. The PSC agreed with CUB and did not shift costs to other customers, as requested by LSP.