What is the Commit to Community charge?
In locations throughout the country, the electric power industry is being restructured or “deregulated.” Should this happen in Wisconsin, new, out-of-state suppliers would likely begin selling electric power in our state. These new competitive pressures could force Wisconsin’s utilities to abandon their traditional programs designed to benefit the public, including energy conservation programs and voluntary contributions to low-income assistance programs.
By creating the Commitment to Community Program, Wisconsin’s lawmakers are demonstrating their interest in preventing this problem before it occurs. It is clear that industry restructuring should not impair the good that comes from energy conservation programs and other services traditionally provided by utilities. These new funds will be dedicated to energy programs that benefit the public. A portion of the funds will be used for energy efficiency and conservation programs open to all customers, and the remainder will be used for home weatherization programs and other initiatives that help qualifying households afford the energy they need.
We are happy to say that the dollars will stay local. As your commmunity-owned and operated utility, we’ll do our best to make sure these funds are used in ways that make a difference — to you, your neighbors and our overall quality of life right here in Waupun.
Commitment to Community funding gives us the power as a community to help protect families, local businesses and our environment.