Leah Van Zile http://wxpr.org en WPS Flares Natural Gas in Three Lakes http://wxpr.org/post/wps-flares-natural-gas-three-lakes <p>Wisconsin Public Service is flaring natural gas in Three Lakes this week to prepare for some pipeline maintenance.</p><p>WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says some parts of the pipeline are being refitted to allow for easier maintenance, and the natural gas needs to be cleared out first.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“Basically what we’re doing is we’ve taken the pressure down as low as we possibly can in that section of the pipeline, the remaining gas is purged out of that pipeline, and burned at the one valve in the Three Lakes area.”</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:14:35 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 21071 at http://wxpr.org Utility Customers Behind on Bills Could Face Shutoffs http://wxpr.org/post/utility-customers-behind-bills-could-face-shutoffs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Saturday marks the end of the winter moratorium on utility shutoffs.&nbsp; Wisconsin Public Service is urging customers who are behind on their bills to call sooner rather than later…to make payment arrangements.&nbsp;</span></p><p>State law prevents anyone’s home utilities from being turned off during winter months between November 1<sup>st</sup> and April 15<sup>th</sup>, even you don’t pay the bills.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:40:41 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 16592 at http://wxpr.org Four Rhinelander Non-Profits Get Grants From WPS http://wxpr.org/post/four-rhinelander-non-profits-get-grants-wps <p>The Rhinelander area was well represented among 15 northeastern Wisconsin non-profit groups getting energy-efficiency money from Wisconsin Public Service.</p><p>WPS's Energy Challenge asked non-profits to work toward energy efficiency and weatherization.</p><p>ArtStart Inc., of Rhinelander placed third overall, garnering a top $1,500 check. Others getting $1,000 awards are the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, Northwoods Community Elementary School, and the Rhinelander Basketball Association.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:44:07 +0000 Ken Krall 12974 at http://wxpr.org Four Rhinelander Non-Profits Get Grants From WPS Crandon Schools Net Thousands For Energy Upgrades http://wxpr.org/post/crandon-schools-net-thousands-energy-upgrades <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Crandon School District is getting a financial boost to pay for energy conservation measures.&nbsp; Wisconsin Public Service and the statewide Focus on Energy program </span>presented Crandon Schools with a $34,000 check Monday to help pay for energy-efficient lighting.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">District Administrator Jim Asher says the school was looking to save money on costly energy bills.</span></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:18:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12035 at http://wxpr.org Crandon Schools Net Thousands For Energy Upgrades Snow-Blocked Vents Mean CO Danger http://wxpr.org/post/snow-blocked-vents-mean-co-danger <p>With a cold snap hitting the Northwoods this weekend it can take some effort to keep your car and heating systems up and running.&nbsp;</p><p>WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says outdoor maintenance is important to make sure your heating appliances are working properly…especially with newer high-efficiency furnaces that vent out the side of the house.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“For any of your vented appliances, your natural gas or vented appliances – be sure that those are kept free of ice and snow buildup.”</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:20:24 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 11625 at http://wxpr.org Snow-Blocked Vents Mean CO Danger Call WPS, Not 9-1-1 Says Spokesperson http://wxpr.org/post/call-wps-not-9-1-1-says-spokesperson <P><FONT size=2>&nbsp;</FONT></P> <P><FONT face="Times New Roman">With the severe weather in the region, Wisconsin Public Service officials say call them, not 9-1-1, if you see a problem.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face="Times New Roman">Leah Van Zile from WPS says it's best to call them before the local police dispatch for a power-related problem...</FONT></P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P><FONT face="Times New Roman"><I><U>"we really want to avoid bogging down the true, life-threatening emergencies at the 9-1-1 center.....calling Wisconsin Public Service if you do see something is the most efficient and re Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:16:59 +0000 Ken Krall 4253 at http://wxpr.org Call WPS, Not 9-1-1 Says Spokesperson