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Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
William Skewes Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 1/22/2015 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 21
Assembly Bill 21
Relating to: state finances and appropriations, constituting the executive budget act of the 2015 legislature.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
2/16/2015
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 exempting PSCW from the shared agency services pilot program.
Assembly Bill 122
Assembly Bill 122
Relating to: exempting certain vehicles of utilities from class B highway weight limitations and certain special or seasonal weight limitations. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 44

For
Notification Date
3/30/2015
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 198
Assembly Bill 198
Relating to: the use of a cellular or other wireless telephone while driving a motor vehicle in a construction zone and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 308

For
Notification Date
5/12/2015
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 198 to improve worker safety.
Assembly Bill 251
Assembly Bill 251
Relating to: various changes regarding administrative rules and rule-making procedures; time limits for emergency rules; and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
7/21/2015
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
We support the bill as amended by AA 8.
Assembly Bill 335
Assembly Bill 335
Relating to: utility aid payments for decommissioned or closed production plants. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
9/18/2015
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 384
Assembly Bill 384
Relating to: requirements for approval of construction of nuclear power plants and changes to the state's energy priorities policy.

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 344

For
Notification Date
11/18/2015
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 405
Assembly Bill 405
Relating to: exemptions from certain taxes and other requirements for work performed by persons from outside the state during a state of emergency declared by the governor. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 84

For
Notification Date
10/14/2015
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 547
Assembly Bill 547
Relating to: trespass and damage to property owned or used by an energy provider and providing a criminal penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 158

For
Notification Date
11/25/2015
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 582
Assembly Bill 582
Relating to: government actions affecting rights to real property; the regulation of shoreland zoning; the substitution of hearing examiners in contested cases; and the property tax treatment of unoccupied property. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 391

For
Notification Date
2/17/2016
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 701
Assembly Bill 701
Relating to: action required to be taken in response to a discharge of hazardous substances, exemption from liability for certain hazardous substance discharges, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE...

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/18/2016
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 804
Assembly Bill 804
Relating to: one-call system violations; sulfur dioxide compliance plans; assessment authority of the Public Service Commission; funding for statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource programs; public utility contracts with affiliated interests; lo...

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 299

For
Notification Date
1/27/2016
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 80
Senate Bill 80
Relating to: exempting certain vehicles of utilities from class B highway weight limitations and certain special or seasonal weight limitations. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
3/24/2015
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 legislation.
Senate Bill 135
Senate Bill 135
Relating to: the use of a cellular or other wireless telephone while driving a motor vehicle in a construction zone and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/28/2015
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 135 to improve worker safety.
Senate Bill 168
Senate Bill 168
Relating to: various changes regarding administrative rules and rule-making procedures; time limits for emergency rules; and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
6/4/2015
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
Remain interested in working with the author to appropriately address rulemaking related to Federal requirements.
Senate Bill 231
Senate Bill 231
Relating to: conveying interests in local government land for construction of natural gas lines. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/21/2015
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 252
Senate Bill 252
Relating to: utility aid payments for decommissioned or closed production plants. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 61

For
Notification Date
9/15/2015
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 288
Senate Bill 288
Relating to: requirements for approval of construction of nuclear power plants and changes to the state's energy priorities policy.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
10/8/2015
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 334
Senate Bill 334
Relating to: exemptions from certain taxes and other requirements for work performed by persons from outside the state during a state of emergency declared by the governor. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
10/22/2015
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 457
Senate Bill 457
Relating to: trespass and damage to property owned or used by an energy provider and providing a criminal penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
12/23/2015
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 545
Senate Bill 545
Relating to: action required to be taken in response to a discharge of hazardous substances, exemption from liability for certain hazardous substance discharges, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE...

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 204

For
Notification Date
1/12/2016
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 654
Senate Bill 654
Relating to: one-call system violations; sulfur dioxide compliance plans; assessment authority of the Public Service Commission; funding for statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource programs; public utility contracts with affiliated interests; lo...

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/2/2016
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

Public Service Commission
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Service Commission

Notification Date
3/10/2015
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 maintaining all PR positions in the PSCW budget.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

LRB 3703, LRB 4434, i.e. the PSC Reform Act
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
LRB 3703, LRB 4434, i.e. the PSC Reform Act

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/20/2016
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.

Support increasing penalties for intentional damage to utility property, per LRB 3720.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Support increasing penalties for intentional damage to utility property, per LRB 3720.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
11/18/2015
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.

Supporting Documentation
20151118_LRB 3720 request -Substation Trespass.pdf


SUPPORT LRB 2752/1 relating to exemptions from certain tax and other requirements for work performed by persons from outside the state during a state of emergency declared by the governor
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
SUPPORT LRB 2752/1 relating to exemptions from certain tax and other requirements for work performed by persons from outside the state during a state of emergency declared by the governor

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
10/7/2015
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.

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin reforms, technical clean-ups.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Public Service Commission of Wisconsin reforms, technical clean-ups.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
9/15/2015
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.

LRB 2725 Emergency Aid Workers
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
LRB 2725 Emergency Aid Workers

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
7/21/2015
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.

The Wisconsin Utilities Association supports LRB-2013 and LRB-1161: Use of a cellphone prohibited while driving a motor vehicle in a construction zone and providing a penalty.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
The Wisconsin Utilities Association supports LRB-2013 and LRB-1161: Use of a cellphone prohibited while driving a motor vehicle in a construction zone and providing a penalty.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
4/10/2015
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 supports the use of unmanned aerial systems by utilities.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
WUA supports the use of unmanned aerial systems by utilities.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
3/24/2015
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 de-regulation of the electric utility industry in Wisconsin.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
WUA opposes de-regulation of the electric utility industry in Wisconsin.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/16/2015
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 distributed generaiton facilities.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
WUA opposes unregulated 3rd party ownership of distributed generaiton facilities.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/16/2015
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 does not support pursuing alternatives that would invite the federal government to impose a federal implementation plan of GHG rules on Wisconsin.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
WUA does not support pursuing alternatives that would invite the federal government to impose a federal implementation plan of GHG rules on Wisconsin.

Action Intended To Affect
Rule (by a state agency)

Notification Date
2/16/2015
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

  2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2015
January - June
$13,377.11
2015
July - December
$11,748.59
2016
January - June
$18,931.72
2016
July - December
$35,047.22
Total $79,104.64
Total Hours Communicating 2015
January - June
47.00
2015
July - December
35.00
2016
January - June
64.00
2016
July - December
12.00
Total 158.00
Total Hours Other 2015
January - June
68.00
2015
July - December
66.00
2016
January - June
94.00
2016
July - December
55.00
Total 283.00

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: exempting certain vehicles of utilities from class B highway weight limitations and certain special or seasonal weight limitations. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
5 %
2015
July - December
1 %
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
5 %
Total 3 %
Relating to: exempting certain vehicles of utilities from class B highway weight limitations and certain special or seasonal weight limitations. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
5 %
2015
July - December
1 %
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
5 %
Total 3 %
Relating to: the use of a cellular or other wireless telephone while driving a motor vehicle in a construction zone and providing a penalty.
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
10 %
2015
July - December
2 %
2016
January - June
5 %
2016
July - December
10 %
Total 7 %
Relating to: various changes regarding administrative rules and rule-making procedures; time limits for emergency rules; and making an appropriation. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
10 %
2015
July - December
5 %
2016
January - June
5 %
2016
July - December
10 %
Total 7 %
Relating to: the use of a cellular or other wireless telephone while driving a motor vehicle in a construction zone and providing a penalty.
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
10 %
2015
July - December
2 %
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
10 %
Total 5 %
Relating to: various changes regarding administrative rules and rule-making procedures; time limits for emergency rules; and making an appropriation. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
10 %
2015
July - December
5 %
2016
January - June
5 %
2016
July - December
10 %
Total 7 %
Relating to: exemptions from certain taxes and other requirements for work performed by persons from outside the state during a state of emergency declared by the governor. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
1 %
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: utility aid payments for decommissioned or closed production plants. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2 %
2016
January - June
3 %
2016
July - December
Total 2 %
Relating to: conveying interests in local government land for construction of natural gas lines. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2 %
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: utility aid payments for decommissioned or closed production plants. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2 %
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: action required to be taken in response to a discharge of hazardous substances, exemption from liability for certain hazardous substance discharges, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2 %
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: requirements for approval of construction of nuclear power plants and changes to the state's energy priorities policy.
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
5 %
2016
January - June
5 %
2016
July - December
Total 3 %
Relating to: action required to be taken in response to a discharge of hazardous substances, exemption from liability for certain hazardous substance discharges, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
5 %
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
Total 2 %
Relating to: requirements for approval of construction of nuclear power plants and changes to the state's energy priorities policy.
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
5 %
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
Total 2 %
Relating to: exemptions from certain taxes and other requirements for work performed by persons from outside the state during a state of emergency declared by the governor. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
10 %
2016
January - June
15 %
2016
July - December
Total 8 %
Relating to: trespass and damage to property owned or used by an energy provider and providing a criminal penalty. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
10 %
2016
January - June
20 %
2016
July - December
Total 10 %
Relating to: one-call system violations; sulfur dioxide compliance plans; assessment authority of the Public Service Commission; funding for statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource programs; public utility contracts with affiliated interests; local access and transport areas for telephone service; railroad telecommunications service; Department of Natural Resources permit application procedures related to the construction of a high-voltage transmission line; navigable water general permits and individual permits related to utility facilities; granting rule-making authority; and making an appropriation. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
10 %
2016
January - June
20 %
2016
July - December
Total 10 %
Relating to: trespass and damage to property owned or used by an energy provider and providing a criminal penalty. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
30 %
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
Total 7 %
Relating to: government actions affecting rights to real property; the regulation of shoreland zoning; the substitution of hearing examiners in contested cases; and the property tax treatment of unoccupied property. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: one-call system violations; sulfur dioxide compliance plans; assessment authority of the Public Service Commission; funding for statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource programs; public utility contracts with affiliated interests; local access and transport areas for telephone service; railroad telecommunications service; Department of Natural Resources permit application procedures related to the construction of a high-voltage transmission line; navigable water general permits and individual permits related to utility facilities; granting rule-making authority; and making an appropriation. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
1 %
2016
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: state finances and appropriations, constituting the executive budget act of the 2015 legislature.
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
5 %
2016
July - December
Total 2 %

Budget Bill Subjects

2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
41 %
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
5 %
2016
July - December
41 %
Total 19 %

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

No administrative rulemaking proceedings found.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

No topics found.

Minor Efforts

(Time spent on matters each of which accounted for less than 10% of the organization's lobbying.)

Minor Efforts
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
9 %
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
9 %
Total 4 %

Other Matters

No other matters found.

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures