WPS http://wxpr.org en 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 Wisconsin Public Service Asks For Rate Request http://wxpr.org/post/wisconsin-public-service-asks-rate-request <p>Wisconsin Public Service electric customers are being asked to pay eight-percent more to keep their lights on next year.</p><p>The utility said today that it asked state regulators for a rate hike that would charge the average residential customer six-dollars more per month.</p><p>WPS' Rate Case Consultant Pat Campshure says there are several different reasons for the rate increase...</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:37:08 +0000 Wheeler News-Learfield Data & Ken Krall 16347 at http://wxpr.org Wisconsin Public Service Asks For Rate Request Heating Assistance Money Still Available http://wxpr.org/post/heating-assistance-money-still-available <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As winter drags on, Wisconsin Public Service reminds customers that heating assistance money is still available.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says many low income people are &nbsp;feeling the &nbsp;pinch of a record-setting cold winter....</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><blockquote><div>"....low income heating assistance dollars are still available in all of the counties in our area, so we really encourage folks to apply for those dollars if they haven't already. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:24:31 +0000 Ken Krall 15836 at http://wxpr.org Heating Assistance Money Still Available Three Lakes Schools Join WPS "Solarwise" Program http://wxpr.org/post/three-lakes-schools-join-wps-solarwise-program <div><span style="line-height: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Three Lakes schools have joined the Wisconsin Public Service "Solarwise for Schools", designed to teach about renewable energy with a hands-on program.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>WPS Program Manager Mike Moore says they donate a two-to-three kilowatt solar system, a 26 lesson curriculum, &nbsp;train teachers in the fall, and in the spring offer the "Solar Olympics", a solar-based science fair. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:32:00 +0000 Ken Krall 15462 at http://wxpr.org Three Lakes Schools Join WPS "Solarwise" Program WPS Repairing Power Outages Post Major Storm http://wxpr.org/post/wps-repairing-power-outages-post-major-storm <p>Crews were restoring power across parts of the Northwoods&nbsp;Friday after&nbsp;a powerful winter storm cut power to utility customers.</p><p>Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says scattered power outages happened as soon as the storm hit Thursday evening...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:36:24 +0000 Ken Krall 14697 at http://wxpr.org WPS Repairing Power Outages Post Major Storm Students Hearing About Natural Gas Safety http://wxpr.org/post/students-hearing-about-natural-gas-safety <p>As people turned up their thermostats during our recent cold snap, a three-member Wisconsin Public Service team has been stopping by Northwoods schools talking about natural gas safety.</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p><p><i><u>"....when you smell gas, leave the door open, turn around and get away..."</u></i></p><p>The 35-minute program uses a variety of visual demonstrations showing the properties of natural gas and how it’s used.</p><p>As a class at James Williams Middle School listened intently, Eric Berg said the message is natural gas is safe when used properly....</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:10:12 +0000 Ken Krall 13489 at http://wxpr.org Students Hearing About Natural Gas Safety Northwoods Power Crews Heading To Lower Michigan http://wxpr.org/post/northwoods-power-crews-heading-lower-michigan <p><font size="2">&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">Wisconsin Public Service employees from the Northwoods are among the crew members heading to Flint, Michigan to restore power. </font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">Southern Michigan all the way to the east coast was hit with icing conditions last weekend, leading to millions of people without power.</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">WPS spokesperson Lisa Prunty says some of the crew members heading to lower Michigan are from the Northwoods...</font></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:56:18 +0000 Ken Krall 12450 at http://wxpr.org Northwoods Power Crews Heading To Lower Michigan 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 WPS Looking For More Electric Power By 2019 http://wxpr.org/post/wps-looking-more-electric-power-2019 <P>Wisconsin Public Service officials say by 2019 they will need more power for this region. The utility serving much of the Northwoods says they have two options: buy power or generate more power. And if they decide to generate more power they've narrowed down to possible sites.</P> <P>WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees....</P> <P><I><U> </U></I></P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P><I><U>"....our analysts have done studies that by the year 2019 we'll have a need for another electric source. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:23:14 +0000 Ken Krall 8095 at http://wxpr.org WPS Looking For More Electric Power By 2019 Company Buys Otter Rapids Dam From WPS http://wxpr.org/post/company-buys-otter-rapids-dam-wps <p>Wisconsin Public Service has entered into negotiations to sell the Otter Rapids dam to Renewable World Energies.</p><p>The dam forms much of what is known at the Eagle River chain of lakes.</p><p>WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees says the sale is pending federal approval, but says the new owner isn't going to change the hydroelectric operation...</p><blockquote><p><i><u>"...the key thing is nothing will change for the community of Eagle River and the surrounding area in terms of the water situation and the Chain of Lakes. We knew that's what everyone would be most concerned about..."</u></i></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:02:22 +0000 Ken Krall & WPS release 6935 at http://wxpr.org Company Buys Otter Rapids Dam From WPS