On December 9, 2020, Sturgeon Bay Utilities (Sturgeon Bay) filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) for authority to increase electric rates. This adjustment is necessary to cover increased operation and maintenance expenses that will allow the utility to continue providing reliable service to its customers. The last electric rate adjustment became effective on June 1, 2011.

Sturgeon Bay had requested authority to increase its electric rates approximately 9.12%, or $1,321,501 per year. After review, Commission staff proposed, and Sturgeon Bay has agreed to, an increase in rates of 7.71% or $1,118,159 per year. The estimated average monthly bill increase for residential customers is shown below:

          Average Energy Use           Percentage of Increase           Dollar Amount of Increase

                500 kWh                                     9.89%                                          $5.60

              1000 kWh                                     4.89%                                          $5.20

The final amount of change will be determined by the Commission and will vary for individual customers and between classes of service. Seasonal rates for residential customer are also being closed and all customers will be transferred to monthly billing.

A virtual public hearing on the application is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. using Zoom. This hearing has no physical location. Parties and Commission staff appear by audiovisual connection over the internet. Parties and Commission staff may use the audio-only telephone connection as a backup, or if no practicable internet connection exists. Members of the public attend by audiovisual connection over the internet, or by audio-only telephone connection.

Join by audio-visual connection: https://us02web.zoom.us/my/pschearings

Join by telephone: Dial +1(312) 626-6799 then enter 809 513 2930# (Meeting ID)

The Commission requests that persons dial-in no sooner than 1:55 p.m. Calls placed after 2:00 p.m., may not be received. Each participant shall provide their name, and status as either a party representative, Commission staff, or a member of the public. Each participant using the internet connection shall provide this information in the “Join Meeting” dialog screen, or by renaming the participant’s screenname after gaining admittance to the hearing. Each person connecting by telephone shall provide this information immediately after gaining admittance to the hearing

The Commission will livestream the audio of this hearing on its website. The livestream allows anyone to listen to the hearing without connecting to it as described above. To access the livestream, go to the Commission’s website at http://psc.wi.gov, and select “Live Broadcast” button. The live broadcast webpage provides neither: 1) an opportunity to make a comment, nor 2) closed captioning.

A person may testify in this proceeding without becoming a party and without attorney representation. A person may submit this testimony in only one of the following ways:

  • Web Comment. Go to the Commission's web site at http://psc.wi.gov, click on "File a Comment" button. On the next page, select the "File a comment" link that appears for docket number 5780-ER-106. Web comments shall be received no later than Friday, May 28, 2021.
  • Oral Comment. Spoken testimony at the virtual public session. The Administrative Law Judge may receive an oral comment from any member of the public in attendance after the close of any party and Commission staff testimony. The Administrative Law Judge will receive such comments by unmuting each phone connection one at a time and inquiring into each caller's desire to comment.
  • Mail Comment. All comments submitted by U.S. mail shall be received no later than Friday, May 28, 2021. A mail comment shall include the phrase "Docket 5780-ER-106 Comments" in the heading, and shall be addressed to: Attn: Docket 5780-ER-106 Comments, Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 7854, Madison, WI 53707-7854.

All documents in this docket are filed on the Commission's Electronic Records Filing (ERF) system. To view these documents: (1) go to the Commission's E-Services Portal at http://apps.psc.wi.gov, (2) enter "5780-ER-106" in the box labeled "Quick Single Docket Search," and (3) select "Documents".

Questions regarding this matter may be directed to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Docket Coordinator, Ben Kaldunski, at (608) 267-9816. For more information, please contact Sturgeon Bay Utilities at (920) 746-2820, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.