Monday, July 22, 2019

We Energies crews working around the clock to restore power


We Energies continues to recover from some of the most powerful storms to hit central and eastern Wisconsin in the past 20 years. Winds above 80 miles an hour caused extensive damage to our networks in the Fox Valley. 

Thanks to the hard work of the field and support personnel, we estimate that 95% of our customers who lost power in the storm will be restored by the end of Monday night.



We thank our customers for their patience and our crews appreciate the prayers for their safety that have also been conveyed in calls and social media messages.

We remind people who come across downed power lines and damaged utility equipment to call 800‑662‑4797 immediately.






Friday, July 19, 2019

Doggone It! Cast your vote for our next safe digging ambassador


Voting is underway to select the next star of our safe digging campaign. The winner will help us promote an important safety message: Doggone It! Call 811 at least three days before you dig.

Ten finalists have been selected from dozens of photos sent in by We Energies customers. Now you can vote for your “top dog” through July 25.

Tyson is a 4-year-old Westie Highland terrier from Franklin. His owners say it’s hard to get mad at such a sweet face, even if he’s digging where he shouldn’t.

Sully is a Great Pyrenees from Campbellsport. His owner says digging is his passion.

Kaiser is from St. Francis. His owner calls him pure perfection!



Theo is a 2-year-old German shorthaired pointer from Wauwatosa. He loves anything and everything outdoors.

Holly is a 13-year-old greyhound from Waukesha. She loves digging so much— her owners had to give her a designated digging spot.

Zeus is a 1-year-old boxer from Sussex. His owner says he enjoys running laps around the yard and digging!

Simba is 2 years old and lives in Kenosha. His owner says he is very proud of the holes he digs and a great help in the garden.

Chubbs is a 5-month-old pug from Milwaukee. We’re told he loves getting into trouble and is always on the move.

Bea is a 3-year-old beagle from Hartford. Her owners say she loves to dig.

Gunnar lives in Grand Chute. His owners say he is happiest spending time with his family and loves to go camping.

The winning dog will be featured in a safe digging billboard blitz Sunday, Aug. 11 – 811 Day. His or her owners will also receive tickets to the Wisconsin State Fair where they can see their dog’s face on display at Energy Park, a special section of State Fair where you can learn more about We Energies and enjoy some free family fun. 

About 811
Whether you’re planting a tree or installing a fence post, you could be putting yourself in danger if you strike an underground natural gas line or electrical cable. Call 811 at least three days before you dig to have the location of buried utility lines marked – and to keep you and your family safe.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Stay cool with these money-saving tips

To help you stay on the sunny side of life, we have some tips to help you save money on your summer energy bill.



No cost

Keep the sun out. Close blinds, shades and drapes on the sunny side of your home during the day to keep the house cooler.

Adjust your thermostat. When at home, set it a few degrees higher to save energy. When you are away, adjust your thermostat 7 to 10 degrees higher than your normal setting for at least 8 hours a day. This can help you save 10% on your energy bill.

Manage your energy costs with Budget Billing. Budget Billing spreads your annual charges more evenly over 12 months. 

Turn down the heat by delaying heat-producing activities such as cooking, drying and ironing until evenings or when the weather cools.

Leave thermostat’s fan switch on “auto” so the fan only runs when the furnace runs. Setting the fan to “on” causes it to run all the time.

Low cost

Seal cracks and gaps around windows, doors and siding with caulk and weather stripping. This keeps cool air in and hot air out.

Use standing fans, even if you have air conditioning. Circulating cool air makes it feel cooler.

Install a programmable thermostat for your comfort and convenience. It can adjust the air conditioning for times you typically are away and times you typically are home. You also can program it to reduce cooling when you go to sleep and turn it back up before you wake up in the morning.

Schedule regular tune-ups for your air conditioner. Seasonal maintenance keeps equipment running safely and efficiently, and saves money in the long run.


Monday, July 15, 2019

We Energies and RENEW Wisconsin reach settlement on solar energy issue


We Energies and RENEW Wisconsin are pleased to announce a settlement agreement with two important provisions regarding solar energy and customer-owned generation.

With the agreement, We Energies will no longer pursue a solar fixed-cost recovery charge as part of its rate review with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, and RENEW Wisconsin agrees to support an upcoming We Energies utility-scale solar project.

The two parties also agree to collaborate in a series of good-faith discussions for at least the next two years with the goal of finding potential areas of agreement on renewable energy and distributed generation as We Energies continues the transition to a clean energy future.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Doggone It! Does your dog have what it takes to be our new safety ambassador?

We’re looking for an adorable ambassaDOG to star in this year’s safe digging campaign. Your dog can help us spread an important safety message: Doggone it! Call 811 three days before you dig.

Here’s what you need to do: 
1. Take a picture of your dog digging.
2. Click here to submit one photo before July 19.


Note: 
You must be a We Energies customer to participate.
No blurry pictures, please. Send us a high-quality image of your pooch!

Once we narrow it down to the finalists, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite dog July 19 through 25. The winning dog will be featured in an ad unveiled at We Energies’ Energy Park at the Wisconsin State Fair; the proud owners will win tickets to see it.

About 811
Whether you’re planting a tree or installing a fence post, you could be putting yourself in danger if you strike an underground natural gas line or electrical cable. Call 811 at least three days before you dig to have the location of buried utility lines marked – and to keep you and your family safe.

If you have questions about the contest, email us at contest@we-energies.com. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Hawk released back to its home after tangle with power line

It’s safe to say this was not the usual call for help We Energies troubleshooter Rick Guetzke gets.

“It was flopping around a little bit, and I asked the wildlife rehabilitation person what I should do,” Guetzke said.

Guetzke was called to a county road in the town of Jackson in Washington County to help a red-tailed hawk that was stuck in a power line 35 feet off the ground. Guetzke de-energized the line and, with advice from Wanakia Wildlife’s rehabilitation expert Marty Thompson, freed the bird’s stuck talon.



“He was able to throw a blanket over the bird and get her down, and once he got her down I pretty much whisked her away,” Thompson said.

After its rescue, Dr. Molly Lien of Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital worked with Thompson to assess the bird’s condition.

“In the case of this red-tailed hawk, she had pretty significant wounds on one of her legs, so we had to do a few surgeries to close those wounds and get them to heal properly,” Lien said.



The hawk spent her time at Wanakia Wildlife as her injuries healed.

After eight weeks of recovery, the hawk was ready to leave. Those who were involved in the rescue and rehabilitation process gathered June 27 at the spot where the bird was found and watched her fly away.

Guetzke, Thompson and Lien 
“It felt really like I did something special, that the hawk was able to go back and enjoy the life it should,” Guetzke said.

“They’re heroes,” said Thompson of Guetzke, Lien and the sheriff who responded to the call and stayed there until the hawk was brought down from the power line. “It took everybody to all work together for the cause of one bird to get her back out. It is just amazing.” 


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Friday, July 5, 2019

New program proposed for electric vehicle charging

We are looking to make it easier and less expensive for electric vehicle (EV) owners to power up by offering rebates of up to $1,000 to residential customers who install EV chargers at their homes.


The proposed EV pilot program is part of our rate filing with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. On top of the rebate, the program will also let EV owners take advantage of time-of-use rates for charging their vehicles at home. Time-of-use rates mean customers can charge their vehicles overnight at a lower rate, when there is less demand. The remainder of customer electric usage will still be billed at the traditional residential rate.

EVs are a small but rapidly growing transportation option. A recent report finds that the number of EVs on U.S. roads is projected to reach more than 18 million in 2030.

“This pilot program lets us study the impact electric vehicles will have on our power system,” said Tom Metcalfe – president of We Energies. “As more EVs are bought and charged, this will help us better understand the impact on power generation and distribution.”


The EV pilot program is another way we are promoting environmental stewardship. From restoring natural habitats and helping endangered animals to building new solar facilities and reducing carbon emissions, we are committed to a cleaner future.