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MEA and 350 Wisconsin Take Legal Action to Support Energy Equity and Affordable Solar Power in Wisconsin

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Madison, WI—Accelerating the transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable sources of energy is critical to ensuring a just and livable future for all Wisconsinites.

Rooftop solar can play an important role in that transition, but two of Wisconsin’s largest utilities have announced plans that could make it more difficult to recoup the cost of solar panel installation.

Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) and Wisconsin Power & Light (Alliant Energy) have requested approval from Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to increase energy rates and reduce the amount that rooftop solar owners are compensated for excess energy they generate and return to the grid. This is known as net metering.

These changes would increase the energy burden on low-income communities and put rooftop solar out of reach for more Wisconsin families.

In order to ensure that rooftop solar is an affordable option in Wisconsin, Midwest Environmental Advocates is providing legal representation to 350 Wisconsin, a climate justice organization that has intervened in the MG&E and Alliant rate cases. Together, we will appear before the Public Service Commission this fall to argue against the changes proposed by the utility companies.

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