WPS

Record winter, record bills
5:24 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Heating Assistance Money Still Available

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  As winter drags on, Wisconsin Public Service reminds customers that heating assistance money is still available.  Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says many low income people are  feeling the  pinch of a record-setting cold winter....  

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Joins several other Northwoods schools
1:32 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Join WPS "Solarwise" Program

Solar panels
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  Three Lakes schools have joined the Wisconsin Public Service "Solarwise for Schools", designed to teach about renewable energy with a hands-on program. WPS Program Manager Mike Moore says they donate a two-to-three kilowatt solar system, a 26 lesson curriculum,  train teachers in the fall, and in the spring offer the "Solar Olympics", a solar-based science fair. He thinks Three Lakes more northern location will provide some valuable data for the program...  

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Scattered in the region
1:36 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

WPS Repairing Power Outages Post Major Storm

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Crews were restoring power across parts of the Northwoods Friday after a powerful winter storm cut power to utility customers.

Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says scattered power outages happened as soon as the storm hit Thursday evening...

 

"....we did have outages reported all the way from the Wausau area to up north...Antigo, Minocqua, Crandon, Rhinelander and areas in between. We have seen scattered outages throughout the night. Fortunately it was nothing major. Our crews have been able to quickly respond...."

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WPS school presentations
5:10 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Students Hearing About Natural Gas Safety

WPS natural gas school safety presenters Eric Berg(l), Tom Gryskiewicz, and Jeff Schaal(r).
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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.

 

"....when you smell gas, leave the door open, turn around and get away..."

The 35-minute program uses a variety of visual demonstrations showing the properties of natural gas and how it’s used.

As a class at James Williams Middle School listened intently, Eric Berg said the message is natural gas is safe when used properly....

 

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WPS, UPPCO crew members
4:56 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Northwoods Power Crews Heading To Lower Michigan

Power lines down
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Wisconsin Public Service employees from the Northwoods are among the crew members heading to Flint, Michigan to restore power.

Southern Michigan all the way to the east coast was hit with icing conditions last weekend, leading to millions of people without power.

WPS spokesperson Lisa Prunty says some of the crew members heading to lower Michigan are from the Northwoods...

 

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Upgrading All Lighting
5:18 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Crandon Schools Net Thousands For Energy Upgrades

WPS and Focus on Energy presented Crandon Schools with a substantial check Monday.
Credit Wisconsin Public Service

Crandon School District is getting a financial boost to pay for energy conservation measures.  Wisconsin Public Service and the statewide Focus on Energy program presented Crandon Schools with a $34,000 check Monday to help pay for energy-efficient lighting. 

District Administrator Jim Asher says the school was looking to save money on costly energy bills.

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Weston Plant Not A Finalist
3:23 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

WPS Looking For More Electric Power By 2019

An eagle by the Pulliam Power Plant in Green Bay
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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.


WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees....


 

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Vilas county electric generation
9:02 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Company Buys Otter Rapids Dam From WPS

Otter Rapids Dam
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Wisconsin Public Service has entered into negotiations to sell the Otter Rapids dam to Renewable World Energies.

The dam forms much of what is known at the Eagle River chain of lakes.

WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees says the sale is pending federal approval, but says the new owner isn't going to change the hydroelectric operation...

"...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..."

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$17 million project
3:41 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

WPS Seeking Upgraded Coal Dust Collection System

WPS power plants south of Wausau
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Wisconsin Public Service has asked the state for authority to upgrade an existing on-site coal dust collection system at the utility's Weston Power Plant south of Wausau.


WPS spokesperson Kelly Zagrzebski says the upgrade will make for safer working conditions and reduce emissions..


"...it will intersect all of the plants on site...is safer (working) conditions and better for the environment..."


The original coal dust collection system was installed in 1981....

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WPS, Red Cross with info
3:23 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Plenty Of Power During Hot Weather, Stay Cool

Cool Canine
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The mid-summer heat and humidity will stay for a couple of days and the American Red Cross says don't  over do it.


Among the tips they provide is drink lots of water and avoid caffiene and alcohol, try to move activities to the cooler parts of the day, wear light-colored, loose fitting clothes. If you get too hot, find a public building that has air-conditioning. Always check to see pets are protected from the sun's rays and have plenty of water. Health-threatening heat exhaustion and heat stroke can come on quickly.

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