Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Customer recipes featured in 2014 Cookie Book

From grandma’s eggnog cookies to gingerbread men to cinnamon sticks, the newest edition of our Cookie Book is filled with holiday favorites. A special section also includes decadent chocolate recipes such as 5 Pound Fudge and Chewy Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Cookies. In all, 32 recipes are featured in this year’s book, including customer recipes for the third year in a row.

We will start distributing the 2014 We Energies Cookie Book on Nov. 3. Two dozen distribution events are planned throughout our service area in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Signature distribution events are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Miller Park in Milwaukee and Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton. Customers are invited to enjoy hot cocoa, take a picture with Santa’s reindeer and pick up a free copy of the 2014 We Energies Cookie Book.

“For many of our customers, the holidays officially begin when they reach for their favorite We Energies Cookie Book,” said Gale Klappa, chairman, president and chief executive officer of We Energies. “We’re honored to be part of that tradition, which now spans more than 85 years.”

The We Energies Cookie Book dates back to 1928. Company home economists put together the first edition as a goodwill gesture for their customers. Customers also can take a trip down memory lane at our Cookie Book archive, where we placed decades of old editions, many considered collector’s editions.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fox Valley employees lend a hand at 2014 Quarry Quest

Our employees in the Fox Valley recently volunteered at Quarry Quest in Neenah.

Quarry Quest is an annual event to raise awareness about the construction and mining industries. The Sept. 13 event also raised money for local charities.

We Energies employees gave kids a hands-on experience about what it’s like to work in the utility industry. Kids geared up and climbed a miniature utility pole, learned how to assemble a gas meter and how to string wire.

Mark Wallace (left) and Tom Borchart help a future 
line mechanic get the feel of climbing a pole.

Mel Wills helps a future gas employee assemble 
a gas meter set.


Deb Robinson (left) and Steve Schlueter show kids 
the gloves used to handle high-voltage power lines.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Doors Open Milwaukee: See We Energies' Public Service Building

Public Service Building lobby.
Did you know our corporate headquarters building on Michigan Street was once a railroad station? Take a trip down memory lane this weekend as We Energies participates in Doors Open Milwaukee.

See where the first electric interurban passenger trains started rolling through Milwaukee in 1905. Our Public Service Building served as the depot for the interurban system with tracks leading right through the building.

The building’s ornate neoclassical design received national praise for being among the finest in the country at the time. Admirers noted the fine materials, including matched Italian marble and Tiffany windows. In 1995, the building underwent a complete restoration and renovation. In 1998, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Visitors will tour the ornate lobby and Corporate Conference Center. New for 2014 is the grand, art deco auditorium located on the second level. Sit and relax in the auditorium while you enjoy a presentation featuring the building and company history. Informational handouts and the 2013 Cookie Book will be available for visitors.

Where: 231 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 20: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors Open Milwaukee

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sneak peek at 2014 We Energies Cookie Book

Holiday cookies in August? Here at We Energies, we’re already elbow deep in cookie dough!

We’re busy preparing the 2014 We Energies Cookie Book, which will be unveiled this November. Our talented food designer, Jennifer Janz, is the genius behind all those tantalizing treats. And Grace Natoli Sheldon is the brilliant photographer behind the lens. Check out the following photos for an inside look at this year’s photo shoot. 

Cookie Book distribution begins Nov. 4. 













Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New tool to fight scammers, recover money

We Energies, a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Corporate Community Partner, and the BBB Serving Wisconsin want consumers to be aware of a new tool to fight the “Green Dot” scam. Victims can get their money refunded, if they act quickly.

The company that issues prepaid Green Dot credit cards, MoneyPak, has launched a new online tool that allows purchasers to request a refund. If the scammer hasn’t already cashed the card, customers may be able to get their money back. For more information, visit moneypak.com.

Don't comply with callers asking for energy bill 
payments using a Green Dot prepaid debit card.
Although reports of the Green Dot scam have decreased at our company, we still receive scattered complaints. Scammers impersonate our employees and threaten disconnection unless the customer makes an immediate payment with a prepaid credit card. We do not solicit payments in this manner. Customers who receive suspicious calls should hang up and call us at 800-242-9137 to check the status of their account.

BBB regularly receives complaints nationwide about the Green Dot scam. Aside from utility customers, scammers also target satellite TV customers and other pre-pay products and services. Green Dot also has been used in lottery and sweepstakes scams, computer repair scams, job scams and more. BBB suggests consumers should:
  • Refuse offers that request payment via prepaid card. 
  • Never disclose their card number to someone they don’t know. 
  • Avoid websites or offers requesting payment specifically via Green Dot. 
  • Never use a Green Dot card to pay taxes or claim “winnings.” 
  • Remember to check companies at bbb.org.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Today is 8-11, same number to call before digging

Call 811 before starting any digging project.

Outdoor projects can turn dangerous if an underground utility line is struck. That’s why it’s important to call 811 (a nationwide number) for Diggers Hotline in Wisconsin or Miss Dig in Michigan at least three days before any project that involves digging. Knowing where utility lines are buried helps protect you and anyone else who may be digging.
You also can go to the Diggers Hotline website or Miss Dig website to request a locate. 
Specialists will visit your site and mark the location of all buried utility facilities  -- natural gas, electric, cable, telecommunications -- on your property within a few working days.

Friday, July 18, 2014

PSCW approves construction of West Central lateral

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) today approved our plans to build an 85-mile natural gas lateral from Eau Claire to Tomah at a project cost of just over $179 million. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2015.

We filed plans with the PSCW in March 2013.

The project is designed to address growing demand and to bolster the reliability of our natural gas delivery in western Wisconsin. Ten communities along the proposed route have passed resolutions authorizing us to provide natural gas service within their borders.