Wisconsin Regulators Allow Alliant Energy to Double Fixed Charges

Article originally published by Utility Dive

 Wisconsin regulators have trimmed a rate increase requested by Alliant Energy, but still approved a hike that will add more than $4/month to residential power bills and double fixed fees by 2018.

 The state’s Public Service Commission last week allowed Alliant to raise rates by 0.83%, or $9.5 million; the utility had asked for a a 1.1% increase in electric revenues, or $12.9 million.

 Customer advocates decried the decision, especially a plan to double fixed charges from $7.67, to $15/month, saying it would hit seniors, low-income and solar customers hardest. The utility had requested even higher monthly fees.
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