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New Podcast Episode: Energy Assistance During the Pandemic

Madison, WI – The latest episode of the Electric Wire Podcast will help listeners better understand how energy assistance is administered, how pandemic-related funding is being distributed, and what resources are available to in-need households as Wisconsin’s moratorium on disconnecting electric customers for non-payment comes to an end on April 15. The Electric Wire Podcast is […]

New Podcast Episode: Regulation, Reliability…and Texas

Madison, WI – Widespread power outages and skyrocketing customer bills due to a frigid February freeze in Texas are raising questions about the way the state regulates power providers. We brought in a panel of experts to weigh in on questions about regulation, reliability, and what went wrong in Texas. Our panel includes: John Carr, […]

Press Release: CFC Applauds Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program Announcement

MADISON – Earlier today, Governor Tony Evers announced the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which would provide $322 million in funding to help support Wisconsinites who have experienced income loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Customers First! Coalition applauds this announcement and has been supportive of the funding since it was being […]

Press Release: New Podcast Episode Features Discussion on Coal Plant Closures and the Clean Energy Transition

MADISON, Wis. – Recent coal plant closures and the utility industry’s transition to cleaner energy sources are the topics of a new podcast episode released by the Customers First! Coalition, a Madison-based organization with the goal of safeguarding affordable and reliable electricity for all Wisconsin electric customers. The tenth episode of The Electric Wire podcast […]

Electric Wire, Episode 10 – Coal Plant Closures and the Clean Energy Transition

It’s the tenth episode of the The Electric Wire podcast! To start, Kristin Gilkes, Executive Director, Customers First! Coalition, and co-host Tom Content, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin, discuss recent energy news, including the announced closure of the coal-fired Columbia Energy Center in Portage, WI; a new solar/storage proposal in Kenosha County; diversity and equity reporting requirements at […]

CFC Press Release – New Podcast Episode Features Discussion on Utility Regulation and Protecting Customers

MADISON, Wis. – Utility regulation is the topic of a new podcast released by the Customers First! Coalition, a Madison-based organization with the goal of safeguarding affordable and reliable electricity for all Wisconsin electric customers. The ninth episode of The Electric Wire podcast features interviews with Commissioner Ellen Nowak of the Public Service Commission of […]

Electric Wire, Episode 9 – Utility Regulation and Protecting Customers

We’re talking utility regulation! We start with a simple question – why are utilities regulated? (Ok, this question technically doesn’t get asked until minute 7:56, but who’s counting?) We also sort through some common terms on this topic, including discussion about deregulation, restructuring, and retail choice. These topics were central to the founding of the […]

Entire webinar series is  available to watch online

The Customers First! Coalition teamed up with Slipstream in October to host a webinar series which helped educate and facilitate conversation among Wisconsin energy stakeholders. Our Energy Winners and Losers webinar, held two weeks before Election Day, featured a State of the Election and Q&A with Craig Gilbert, Washington Bureau Chief, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and a panel discussion […]

Electric Wire, Episode 7 – Election Recap

In this episode of the Electric Wire, we take a look at polling and the 2020 Presidential Election results with pollster Charles Franklin, @pollsandvotes. Interview with Franklin begins at minute 7:10. Later in the podcast, we host a Customers First! Coalition member roundtable with some of the government affairs representatives for CFC members, including Matt Spencer […]