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3:48 am
Tue September 16, 2014

WPS Offering Educators Grants For Science, Tech, Math

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Grants up to $1,000 are being offered by the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation  for the Innovative Educator Program. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Wisconsin Public Service.

The grant is an opportunity for middle, junior high or high school educators to get money for new projects in specific areas says Todd Steffen from WPS...

"...we're trying to focus student achievements in the area of science, technology, engineering or math. Those are the areas that we are trying to further education in those areas..."

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After last week's storms
11:04 am
Thu September 11, 2014

High Winds Cause More Northwoods Power Outages

WPS crew recently repairing a line at WXPR
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As if the massive storm on September 4 wasn't enough, the Northwoods was hit again Wednesday evening as a change in weather brought stiff winds from the north and another round of power outages.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says as the winds picked up they started getting calls....

"....mainly with tree branches coming across power lines. And with the heavy saturation of the rain (recently) we saw trees coming uprooted and going across power lines...."

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Disagreement on ruling
12:11 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

DNR Denies WPS Request For Looser Mercury Levels

Weston 4
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An environmental group is applauding a DNR decision this week to deny an exception to pollution standards at the coal-fired WPS power plant at Weston.

But WPS officials are saying  all they want is what other industries are being held to by federal law.

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Diggers Hotline
4:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

8-11 A Good Date To Think About 8-1-1

Finding the line
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Wisconsin Public Service officials are using today's date to remind property owners to check out where utility lines are located before digging.

Numerically, today's date is 8 -11 on the calendar, and WPS is using the date to remind people about Digger's Hotline. The hotline provides a way to find out if utility lines cross your property.

Todd Steffen from Wisconsin Public Service says Diggers Hotline should be the first thing you do before starting the project...

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Former retreat
2:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Integrys To Auction/Sell Lake Content Property

Integrys Energy Group, the holding company which owns Wisconsin Public Service, has decided to sell about 200 acres of its Awassa Lodge property along Lake Content  in St. Germain. The land is divided into 23 primarily lakefront lots. Integrys also owns 235 acres not adjacent to the lake. They are negotiating with a single buyer for that land. An auction will be conducted on September 18 at the St. Germain Community Center.

Kerry Spees from Wisconsin Public Service says the land no longer was part of their mission...

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Two Utilities Becoming One
2:26 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

WPS Plans to Merge With WE Energies

Two of Wisconsin's largest utilities plan to merge, if a deal announced Monday is approved.
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Wisconsin Public Service says customers won’t see rate changes as a result of two utility companies merging. 

The parent company of WE Energies plans to buy Integrys Energy Group, the parent company of WPS, in a deal totaling $9 billion. 

  The new company will be called Wisconsin Electric Corporation or W-E-C Energy, and will serve over 4.3 million gas and electric customers.

WPS Spokesperson Lisa Prunty says the merger will make for a stronger company. 

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Utilities Not Sure of Cost
5:38 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Emissions Proposal May Prompt Investment In Clean Technologies, Push Toward Natural Gas

The EPA wants to require existing coal-burning power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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Advocates and industry leaders are beginning to digest the EPA’s proposed rule package on carbon emissions for power plants.  The plan would require Wisconsin power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 34 percent between 2005 and 2030. 

Keith Reopelle of Clean Wisconsin says the proposed changes are modest ones, and will be economic drivers for clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels.

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At one point 6,000 without power
5:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Power Restored To Much Of Northwoods

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   The situation has dramatically improved for thousands of WPS customers in the Northwoods without power.

WPS spokesperson Leah VanZile has an update...

 

"...we've made tremendous improvement in restoring power throughout the Northwoods due to additional crews we had come up this morning working through the day to restore power. We're looking for full restoration for all areas by this evening...."

 

VanZile tells us much of the region had outages...

 

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WPS Says Call Now
12:40 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Utility Customers Behind on Bills Could Face Shutoffs

This Saturday marks the end of the winter moratorium on utility shutoffs.  Wisconsin Public Service is urging customers who are behind on their bills to call sooner rather than later…to make payment arrangements. 

State law prevents anyone’s home utilities from being turned off during winter months between November 1st and April 15th, even you don’t pay the bills.

But WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says those unpaid bills won’t go away, and customers could face shutoffs if they don’t get in touch with WPS. 

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$6.00 per month increase request
2:37 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Wisconsin Public Service Asks For Rate Request

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Wisconsin Public Service electric customers are being asked to pay eight-percent more to keep their lights on next year.

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.

WPS' Rate Case Consultant Pat Campshure says there are several different reasons for the rate increase...

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