Our Wisconsin customers will see no increase to base electric and natural gas rates through 2020 under a verbal decision by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC).
The decision keeps base rates at 2017 levels while bringing the Riverside Energy Center, a new highly efficient natural gas generation facility, online in 2019. Reductions in operating costs, the addition of low-cost wind energy and savings from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act helped enable the freeze.
We reached agreement on the proposal with significant input and collaboration from several advocacy groups including the Citizens Utility Board and Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group.
The plan will be in effect 2019-2020, with no fuel-cost increase expected in 2019. We have held base electric and natural gas rates flat in six of the past eight years. Our retail electric rates are among the lowest in Wisconsin.
The written order is expected in the next several weeks.