Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

PSC Wants Public Comment About Future Electrical Supply

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing about the Commission’s draft Strategic Energy Assessment (SEA) for the years January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2016.

The SEA analyzes the adequacy and reliability of the state’s current and future electrical supply.  Wisconsin’s electric utilities are asked by the PSC to forecast seven years into the future predicted energy demand growth, planned new construction of transmission lines, the need to buy energy from other sources, and the kinds of fuel the utilities expect to use. The PSC uses this information to compile a draft estimating the state’s electrical supply that is disseminated to utilities, interested groups, and the general public for comment. Following comment, a final report is submitted to the state Legislature and public.

The PSC writes the purposes of the SEA are:

"1. Identify and describe all large electric generating facilities on which an electric utility or merchant plant developer plans to commence construction within seven years.

2. Assess the adequacy and reliability of purchased generation capacity and energy to serve the needs of the public.

3. Identify and describe all high-voltage transmission lines on which an electric utility plans to commence construction within three years.

4. Identify and describe any plans for assuring that there is an adequate ability to transfer electric power into eastern Wisconsin, and the state as a whole, in a reliable manner.

5. Identify and describe the projected demand for electric energy and the basis for determining the projected demand.

6. Identify and describe activities to discourage inefficient and excessive power use.

7. Identify and describe existing and planned generating facilities that use renewable sources of energy.

8. Consider the public interest in economic development, public health and safety, protection of the environment, and diversification of sources of energy supplies.

9. Assess the extent to which the regional bulk-power market is contributing to the adequacy and reliability of the state’s electrical supply.

10. Assess the extent to which effective competition is contributing to a reliable, low-cost, and environmentally sound source of electricity for the public.

11. Assess whether sufficient electric capacity and energy will be available to the public at a reasonable price.”

The PSC’s public hearing is scheduled December 8, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Amnicon Falls hearing Room at the PSC Building, 610 North Whitney Way, Madison.

Comments can also be provided:

Electronically at the PSC website

By letter addressed to Docket # 5-ES-105, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 7854, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7854.

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