The Customers First Coalition has been involved with some of the most significant state energy policies over the last two decades.
Wind Systems Siting
2009 Wis. Act 40
Act 40 directed the Public Service Commission to establish uniform, statewide permitting standards for the siting of wind energy systems of the size 100 Megawatts or less.
Energy Efficiency and Renewables
2005 Wis. Act 141
Act 141 incorporates the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables. Several members of the Customers First Coalition served as members of the task force. Act 141 provided funding security for the Focus on Energy program and established a ten percent renewable portfolio standard.
Generation Siting Incentives Act
2003 Wis. Act 31
This Act increased the financial aid available to communities to host new power plants.
2001 Wis. Act 16
The leased generation law allows the Public Service Commission to choose long term leases as the financing mechanism for new power plants while preserving the PSC’s jurisdiction over the operation and maintenance of these leased plants.
1999 Wis. Act 9
Reliability 2000 encouraged the divestiture of utilities’ transmission assets to an independent transmission company (American Transmission Company). This Act created a new statewide energy efficiency and energy assistance program and it established the state renewable portfolio standard.
Electric Reliability Act
1997 Wis. Act 204
The Reliability Act sought to increase generation capacity and improve the transmission system in the state.
Wisconsin Utility Holding Company Act
1985 Wis. Act 79
Enacted in 1985, the Holding Company Act balances the interests of utility investors, customers, and the state by permitting utilities to form holding companies with limited diversification in exchange for reasonable regulatory controls to protect consumers. The Customers First Coalition supports the Holding Company Act and successfully defended a challenge to the law in 2002.