Nowak Appointment Upheld

by preferred on June 23, 2019

Source Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

On 4-3 vote, Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds state’s lame-duck laws limiting power of Democratic governor

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/21/wisconsin-supreme-court-upholds-lame-duck-laws-4-3-vote/1515662001/

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At its open meeting on May 2, 2019, the PSCW voted 2-1 (Valcq) to deny the request of Eagle Point for a declaratory ruling. But the Commission agreed to set the matter of WEPCO’s refusal for interconnection of the Milwaukee solar project, under PSC 119, for hearing (2-1 Nowak). The hearing will be limited to PSC 119 and interconnection.

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Commissioner Nowak appointment under Walker to stand, for now

May 1, 2019

Update: May 1, 2019 – PSCW Open Meeting is scheduled for May 2, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Yesterday, April 30, 2019, the Supreme Court issued an order restoring all 82 Walker appointees to their positions, pending a final order. Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 30, 2019

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Commissioners address extraordinary session litigation effects

April 13, 2019

Valcq opened the PSC meeting on April 11, 2019 stating that she was honored to be Evers appointee as Chair of an agency she highly respected. She said she would not sit idly by while the work of the Commission was called into question for the purpose of “political theater.” She pointed to the many […]

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PSCW wastes no time scheduling open meeting after Appellate Decision

April 9, 2019

Appeals court sides with Gov. Tony Evers’ appointments as Senate leader puts off confirming his cabinet. At 2pm today the PSCW sent out the 31 item agenda for an open meeting to be held Thursday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/09/wisconsin-politics-gop-wont-confirm-tony-evers-cabinet/3412204002/

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PSCW Administrative Heartburn!

April 5, 2019

We’ve been involved with this agency, in one way or another, for 30+ years. This is the longest time, (3 weeks) in our memory, that the Agency has gone without holding an open meeting. In addition to Nowak’s status being tied up in Court, there are other staffing changes this month that will lend complexity […]

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Nowak prevented from entering PSCW offices

March 29, 2019

Neither Nowak nor Seitz were allowed entrance to the PSCW headquarters on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Evers restored 67 of Walker’s lame duck appointees on Wednesday. Nowak was not one of them. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wisconsin/articles/2019-03-28/walker-appointee-tries-to-return-to-work-after-court-stay

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PSC Cancels Friday, March 22, 2019 Open Meeting

March 21, 2019

Dane County Judge Niess ruled today that the GOP extraordinary session held in December, 2018 was not lawfully constituted. Ellen Nowak’s appointment to the Commission, along with roughly 80 other Walker appointments, was temporarily vacated. This ruling will no doubt be appealed. The PSC Agenda for the Friday meeting included making decisions on two cases […]

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More PSC Staff Changes

March 1, 2019

On March 1, Rebecca Valcq becomes Chair of the Commission, succeeding Ellen Nowak who served in that capacity for roughly 3 years, with a “sabbatical”, as she called it, in which she served as Secretary of the Department of Administration. Eric Esser is the new Water Division Administrator. Theresa Elliott left her position as Administrator […]

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Commission Issues Notice of Investigation (5-EI-156) of Electric Vehicle Policy and Regulation

February 21, 2019

This investigation is intended to consider present and future policies and regulations of electric vehicles (EV) and their associated infrastructure as they pertain to electricity service in the State of Wisconsin. All electric utilities will be parties. The Commission’s investigation will encompass a number of policy and regulatory considerations. Those considerations may include, but are […]

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