Wisconsin Utilities Association Inc

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
The investor-owned gas and electric utilities.

Lobbying Interests:
All legislation and rules affecting investor-owned utilities including, but not limited to, tax, environment, regulation, tax reform.

CEO Name:
William Skewes
Executive Director

Contact
WS
William Skewes
44 E Mifflin Street, Suite 202
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-3151
(608) 257-9124
bskewes@wisconsinutilities.com

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
William Skewes Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 1/15/2013 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 1
Assembly Bill 1
Relating to: regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, procedures for obtaining approvals from the Department of Natural Resources for the construction of utility facilities, making an appropriation, and providing penalties. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/26/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports AB 1.
Assembly Bill 34
Assembly Bill 34
Relating to: the use of nuclear energy to comply with renewable portfolio standards and the time period for using credits to comply with such standards.

Bill Text and History

None
Notification Date
2/20/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 39
Assembly Bill 39
Relating to: powers and duties of an electric transmission company and certificates of public convenience and necessity and permits for certain electric generating facilities and high-voltage transmission lines.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/26/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports AB 39.
Assembly Bill 106
Assembly Bill 106
Relating to: municipal utility customer information.

Bill Text and History

2013 Wisconsin Act 25

For
Notification Date
4/17/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports AB 106.
Assembly Bill 214
Assembly Bill 214
Relating to: ex parte communications in contested cases before the Public Service Commission.

Bill Text and History

2013 Wisconsin Act 28

For
Notification Date
5/28/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports AB 214 & Senate Companion Bill SB 194.
Assembly Bill 257
Assembly Bill 257
Relating to: exemption from civil liability for electric service providers.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
7/1/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports AB 257 and its Senate companion bill.
Assembly Bill 345
Assembly Bill 345
Relating to: installation of smart meters by certain public utilities and cooperative associations. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
9/5/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA opposes AB 345.
Assembly Bill 506
Assembly Bill 506
Relating to: professional land surveyors; the practice of professional land surveying; surveying land abutting navigable waters; various changes regarding platting, surveying, and certified survey maps; and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2013 Wisconsin Act 358

For
Notification Date
12/10/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA appreciates the adoption of AA3 and supports AB 506, as amended by AA 3.
Assembly Bill 513
Assembly Bill 513
Relating to: dry cask storage of spent fuel from nuclear power plants and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/18/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 594
Assembly Bill 594
Relating to: renewable energy portfolio standards.

Bill Text and History

2013 Wisconsin Act 290

For
Notification Date
1/6/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports this bill.
Assembly Bill 595
Assembly Bill 595
Relating to: Public Service Commission certificates for certain activities; tampering with telecommunications or electric wires; regulation of pay telephone service providers and cable television telecommunications service providers; accident reporting by ...

Bill Text and History

2013 Wisconsin Act 125

For
Notification Date
1/6/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports this bill.
Assembly Bill 596
Assembly Bill 596
Relating to: renewable resource credits, removal of certain natural gas service laterals, natural gas public utility service in municipalities, and granting rule-making authority.

Bill Text and History

2013 Wisconsin Act 300

For
Notification Date
1/6/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports this bill.
Assembly Bill 711
Assembly Bill 711
Relating to: various changes to the worker's compensation law, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/3/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 803
Assembly Bill 803
Relating to: substance abuse by employees performing work on public utility projects located in public rights-of-way and passing emergency or roadside service vehicles stopped on or near the highway. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2013 Wisconsin Act 291

For
Notification Date
2/21/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 876
Assembly Bill 876
Relating to: renewable portfolio standards and credits; electricity derived from biofuels; electric utility purchases of renewable energy and customer-generated electricity; distributed generation rules; granting rule-making authority; and requiring the ex...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
3/20/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 1
Senate Bill 1
Relating to: regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, procedures for obtaining approvals from the Department of Natural Resources for the construction of utility facilities, making an appropriation, and providing penalties. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2013 Wisconsin Act 1

For
Notification Date
2/26/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports SB 1.
Senate Bill 35
Senate Bill 35
Relating to: powers and duties of an electric transmission company and certificates of public convenience and necessity and permits for certain electric generating facilities and high-voltage transmission lines.

Bill Text and History

2013 Wisconsin Act 10

For
Notification Date
2/27/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports SB 35.
Senate Bill 103
Senate Bill 103
Relating to: municipal utility customer information.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/17/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports SB 103
Senate Bill 167
Senate Bill 167
Relating to: actions for damages caused by wind energy systems. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/12/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 194
Senate Bill 194
Relating to: ex parte communications in contested cases before the Public Service Commission.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
5/28/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports SB 194.
Senate Bill 341
Senate Bill 341
Relating to: the maximum width of, and projecting loads on, vehicles carrying poles, pipe, girders, and similar materials.

Bill Text and History

2013 Wisconsin Act 369

For
Notification Date
4/14/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 470
Senate Bill 470
Relating to: Public Service Commission certificates for certain activities; tampering with telecommunications or electric wires; regulation of pay telephone service providers and cable television telecommunications service providers; accident reporting by ...

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/8/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports this bill.
Senate Bill 473
Senate Bill 473
Relating to: renewable resource credits, removal of certain natural gas service laterals, natural gas public utility service in municipalities, and granting rule-making authority.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/8/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports this bill.
Senate Bill 474
Senate Bill 474
Relating to: renewable energy portfolio standards.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/8/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
WUA supports this bill.
Senate Bill 629
Senate Bill 629
Relating to: substance abuse by employees performing work on public utility projects located in public rights-of-way and passing emergency or roadside service vehicles stopped on or near the highway. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/25/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 660
Senate Bill 660
Relating to: renewable portfolio standards and credits; electricity derived from biofuels; electric utility purchases of renewable energy and customer-generated electricity; distributed generation rules; granting rule-making authority; and requiring the ex...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
3/20/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Budget Bill Subjects

Administration: General Agency Provisions
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Administration: General Agency Provisions

Notification Date
5/28/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Comments
WUA supports reforms of utility public benefits allocations.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

LRB 2048 - relating to: professional land surveyors; the practice of professional land surveying; surveying land abutting navigable waters; various changes regarding platting, surveying, and certified survey maps; and granting rule−making authority.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
LRB 2048 - relating to: professional land surveyors; the practice of professional land surveying; surveying land abutting navigable waters; various changes regarding platting, surveying, and certified survey maps; and granting rule−making authority.

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
10/28/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

AMR/AMI "Smart Meters" - WUA opposes legislation requiring utilities to create opt-outs for "smart meters".
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
AMR/AMI "Smart Meters" - WUA opposes legislation requiring utilities to create opt-outs for "smart meters".

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
7/29/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Ex-parte communications in contested cases before the Public Service Commission.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Ex-parte communications in contested cases before the Public Service Commission.

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
5/21/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Title V permit fees
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Title V permit fees

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/20/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

WUA opposes changes to state law or rules that eliminate the requirement for hand-digging within 18" of a buried utility facility or shifting liability to utilities.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
WUA opposes changes to state law or rules that eliminate the requirement for hand-digging within 18" of a buried utility facility or shifting liability to utilities.

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
2/20/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

WUA opposes mandatory environmental trust financing.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
WUA opposes mandatory environmental trust financing.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/20/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

WUA Opposes unregulated 3rd party ownership of renewable energy facilities.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
WUA Opposes unregulated 3rd party ownership of renewable energy facilities.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/20/2013
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Total Lobbying Effort

  2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2013
January - June
$12,549.18
2013
July - December
$9,057.23
2014
January - June
$8,767.35
2014
July - December
$11,802.20
Total $42,175.96
Total Hours Communicating 2013
January - June
44.00
2013
July - December
49.00
2014
January - June
34.00
2014
July - December
35.00
Total 162.00
Total Hours Other 2013
January - June
71.00
2013
July - December
34.00
2014
January - June
44.00
2014
July - December
70.00
Total 219.00

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, procedures for obtaining approvals from the Department of Natural Resources for the construction of utility facilities, making an appropriation, and providing penalties. (FE)
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
1 %
2013
July - December
1 %
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: powers and duties of an electric transmission company and certificates of public convenience and necessity and permits for certain electric generating facilities and high-voltage transmission lines.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
1 %
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: municipal utility customer information.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
1 %
2013
July - December
4 %
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, procedures for obtaining approvals from the Department of Natural Resources for the construction of utility facilities, making an appropriation, and providing penalties. (FE)
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
1 %
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: powers and duties of an electric transmission company and certificates of public convenience and necessity and permits for certain electric generating facilities and high-voltage transmission lines.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
1 %
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: municipal utility customer information.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
1 %
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: ex parte communications in contested cases before the Public Service Commission.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
20 %
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total 6 %
Relating to: exemption from civil liability for electric service providers.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
20 %
2013
July - December
5 %
2014
January - June
5 %
2014
July - December
Total 8 %
Relating to: ex parte communications in contested cases before the Public Service Commission.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
20 %
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total 6 %
Relating to: dry cask storage of spent fuel from nuclear power plants and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2 %
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: Public Service Commission certificates for certain activities; tampering with telecommunications or electric wires; regulation of pay telephone service providers and cable television telecommunications service providers; accident reporting by telecommunications utilities; the definition of transmission facility; availability of public utility rate schedules; and rule-making procedures.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2 %
2014
January - June
2 %
2014
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: Public Service Commission certificates for certain activities; tampering with telecommunications or electric wires; regulation of pay telephone service providers and cable television telecommunications service providers; accident reporting by telecommunications utilities; the definition of transmission facility; availability of public utility rate schedules; and rule-making procedures.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2 %
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: renewable energy portfolio standards.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
3 %
2014
January - June
1 %
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: renewable resource credits, removal of certain natural gas service laterals, natural gas public utility service in municipalities, and granting rule-making authority.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
3 %
2014
January - June
3 %
2014
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: renewable resource credits, removal of certain natural gas service laterals, natural gas public utility service in municipalities, and granting rule-making authority.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
3 %
2014
January - June
2 %
2014
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: installation of smart meters by certain public utilities and cooperative associations. (FE)
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
5 %
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: professional land surveyors; the practice of professional land surveying; surveying land abutting navigable waters; various changes regarding platting, surveying, and certified survey maps; and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
5 %
2014
January - June
10 %
2014
July - December
Total 3 %
Relating to: renewable energy portfolio standards.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
5 %
2014
January - June
2 %
2014
July - December
Total 2 %
Relating to: the maximum width of, and projecting loads on, vehicles carrying poles, pipe, girders, and similar materials.
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
1 %
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: substance abuse by employees performing work on public utility projects located in public rights-of-way and passing emergency or roadside service vehicles stopped on or near the highway. (FE)
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
1 %
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: renewable portfolio standards and credits; electricity derived from biofuels; electric utility purchases of renewable energy and customer-generated electricity; distributed generation rules; granting rule-making authority; and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority. (FE)
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
1 %
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: actions for damages caused by wind energy systems. (FE)
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2 %
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: substance abuse by employees performing work on public utility projects located in public rights-of-way and passing emergency or roadside service vehicles stopped on or near the highway. (FE)
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
5 %
2014
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: renewable portfolio standards and credits; electricity derived from biofuels; electric utility purchases of renewable energy and customer-generated electricity; distributed generation rules; granting rule-making authority; and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority. (FE)
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
5 %
2014
July - December
Total 1 %

Budget Bill Subjects

No budget bill subjects found.

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

No administrative rulemaking proceedings found.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
1 %
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
1 %
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
1 %
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total < 1%
2013
January - June
2013
July - December
2014
January - June
2014
July - December
Total
2013
January - June
20 %
2013
July - December
60 %
2014
January - June
60 %
2014
July - December
100 %
Total 59 %

Minor Efforts

No minor efforts found.

Other Matters

No other matters found.

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures