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What is the PSC?
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is an independent state agency that is responsible for regulating over 1,100 Wisconsin public utilities which provide electric, natural gas, combined water and sewer utilities and certain aspects of local telephone service to households and businesses throughout the state.

What does the PSC do?
The PSC’s mission is to ensure that safe, sufficient, and reasonably priced utility services are provided to all of Wisconsin’s customers. Wisconsin utilities must obtain PSC approval before instituting new rates, issuing stocks or bonds, or undertaking major construction projects such as power plants, water wells and transmission lines.

Who is regulated by the PSC?
The PSC is responsible for regulating the rates, safety, adequacy and quality of service of electric, natural gas, water, combined water and sewer utilities and certain aspects of local telephone service.  Who is not regulated by the PSC?

Commission Meetings:

  • Generally, open meetings are held at the Public Service Commission (610 N. Whitney Way, Madison, WI) every Thursday. For details, visit the Event Calendar.

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  • Three appointed commissioners discuss the items on the agenda and vote on whether to approve, deny or modify the application.

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  • The public is welcome to attend the meetings and they are also broadcast live from the PSC.

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  • Meeting minutes are posted on the PSC website generally one week after the meeting. They include the outcome of each agenda item.

Dockets / Cases
The Commission makes decisions on hundreds of cases each year that can be viewed by the public through the Electronic Filing System. When a utility submits an application, the PSC works diligently to review the need, alternatives and costs of the project and how the project will impact the citizens and businesses of the state.

Each case is assigned an identification number called a docket number and all documents associated with a case are available on the PSC’s website.

Each case is also assigned a docket coordinator who is responsible for compiling all the records for the case and setting up public meetings and hearings.

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