Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC)
Submitted: 10/17/2019 9:48:50 PM
 
COMMENTS FILED ELECTRONICALLY IN
 
5-UR-109
Joint Application of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC for Authority to Adjust Electric, Natural Gas, and Steam Rates
Public Comment Open Period:
04/25/2019 - 10/18/2019
 
Commentor Information:
Name: Mercedes Dzindzeleta
Address: 609 7th Street
City: Racine   State:WI   Zip:53403-1129
 
Comment:
The time has come to END THE CONTINUED USE OF AN OBSOLETE COAL FIRED POWER PLANT!!! WE Energies has been purchasing the properties of those that live close by because of the contamination from the Oak Creek Plant - So WE Energies knows it is no longer ""healthy for humans and the environment"" to keep operating this coal fired plant. Also the destruction of rail with the overload of coal trains and their contamination of the land and air as they move from source to source! NO MORE! AND THE ASKED FOR RAISE FOR INVESTORS IS EXORBITANT and a very mis-guided PAY-OFF to investors. Because of much of the following findings::::::::

In late August, energy experts filed testimony at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) that made one thing was abundantly clear: We Energies' South Oak Creek coal plant is very expensive, and rate-payers are the ones paying to keep it running. Not only are we are we paying with inflated energy costs, but we are paying with our health.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) published a draft water permit for both coal plants in Oak Creek. The permit will require WEC to invest in millions of dollars of infrastructure and is just another sign that it`s time to retire this plant! Bad for all.....Not good business. There are ways to save $$ and see the last paragraph.

The Wisconsin DNR listened to hundreds of Wisconsin residents who raised their voices and demanded a stronger discharge permit at WEC`s Oak Creek Coal Plant. Now we need We Energies to listen. And the only thing we hear is that they want more $money$ from those using the power since they are a monopoly locally. NO MORE....Make them change to RE-newables - - - - they have the land since they have been purchasing all the buildings and bull dozing them down.

The South Oak Creek coal plant is slowing down our transition to 100% clean energy. The science is very clear: in order to mitigate the worst effects of climate change, we need to move towards 100% clean, renewable energy. This means we cannot continue to invest in fossil fuels. Keeping this coal plant running has no upsides. It's time that We Energies retires the South Oak Creek coal plant and switch to clean, renewable energy.

ONE of the most startling facts revealed in that testimony was that We Energies and their parent organization, WEC Energy Group, could save customers $75 million annually by retiring South Oak Creek and replacing it with wind and solar energy. Let me repeat that: we would save $75 million dollars a year if We Energies chooses clean energy. We know that the South Oak Creek coal plant is not profitable, and every day that they choose to keep it open costs customers more and more.
 

I affirm that these comments are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Mercedes Dzindzeleta