Date: October 11, 2022
Contact: Elizabeth Ward, Sierra Club, email@example.com; Amy Barrilleaux, Clean Wisconsin, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jess Haven, Walnut Way Conservation Corp, email@example.com or 414-336-9095
Advocacy Groups Host Event Against We Energies’ Intentions to Increase Utility Rates for Customers
Milwaukee, WI – On Saturday, October 15, at 12:00 pm, a coalition of environmental and advocacy groups will be hosting “Me Energies: Affordable Energy Now” to protest We Energies’ intentions to increase gas and electrical rates for its customers.
Ahead of We Energies’ rate case with the Public Service Commission, We Energies is claiming that the intended 8-11% increase in electricity and gas for its customers is because they are building more clean energy, but they have simultaneously announced its plans to keep expensive coal plants running and to invest in new fossil gas infrastructure.
We Energies needs to reduce the proposed increase for its customers, and stop doubling-down on fossil fuels. Though all We Energies customers will have to pay for these increases, Black, Hispanic, and Latinx neighborhoods will be disproportionately harmed by these costs.
Me Energies: Affordable Energy Now calls on We Energies to reduce its utility fee increase, address energy burden for marginalized communities, and work with its customers to find an equitable solution.
WHAT: Me Energies: Affordable Energy Now
WHO: Hosted by Sierra Club, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Clean Wisconsin, Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action, and Walnut Way Conservation Corp. with guest speakers:
Mrs. Maria Beltran, Community Leader, Milwaukee Lindsay Heights Resident (she/her)
Keviea Guiden, Energy Burden Organizer - North Side Rising, Citizen Action of WI (she/her)
César Gumeta, Community Leader, Milwaukee Walker’s Point Resident (they/them)
Natalie Branch, Milwaukee resident
WHEN: Saturday, October 15, at 12:00 pm
WHERE: 301 W Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53203