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.


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...

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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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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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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   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...


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. 

Wisconsin Public Service Asks For Rate Request

Apr 1, 2014

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...


  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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  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...