Chris Hubbuch


Rhymes with Lubbock. Data journalist for the Wisconsin State Journal. Covers energy and transportation, among other things. Contact him at 608-252-6146.

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Rapidly falling prices have made solar power one of the cheapest new sources of electricity, but consumer advocates and regulators question whether the first large-scale investment by Wisconsin utilities will be as cost-effective as promised in a case that has united utilities and environmental advocates.

Under Wisconsin law, public utilities are regulated by the PSC. The law defines a public utility as any entity providing “heat, light, water or power … to or for the public.” Utilities and renewable energy advocates disagree on what “the public” actually means and whether it should apply to an agreement between two parties.

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