Wisconsin utilities seek future returns on COVID-19 pandemic expenses, losses

Article originally published by Madison.com.

…Following a March 22 order from Gov. Tony Evers, the Public Service Commission suspended utility service disconnections, late fees and deposits for reconnection during a statewide health emergency that has closed businesses and directed people to stay home to slow the spread of the virus.

The utilities, through their trade association, have asked the PSC to allow them to recover pandemic-related expenses and foregone revenue — along with interest — once the crisis is over. If approved, the costs would be considered in future rate cases, with consumers ultimately picking up the tab…