Customers First! Coalition

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
Alliance of consumer organizations, municipal electric utilities, rural electric cooperatives, wholesale electric suppliers, an investor owned utility, renewable energy advocates, and labor organizations.

Lobbying Interests:
The Customers First! Coalition weighs in on matters affecting electricity regulation, with a specific interest in protecting customers from an unstable regulatory environment caused by "deregulation" or "restructuring." The organization also supports beneficial renewable energy, energy efficiency, electrification and electric vehicles.

Title:
Executive Director

Contact
KG
Kristin Gilkes
10 E Doty Street, Suite 800
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 286-0784
kristin@customersfirst.org
http://www.customersfirst.org

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
Kristin R Gilkes Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 1/6/2021 Withdrawn On N/A
Jordan Lamb Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 1/6/2021 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 27
Assembly Bill 27
Relating to: making various changes to statutes administered by the Public Service Commission and requiring investor-owned energy utilities to fund a consumer advocate. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 24

For
Notification Date
2/2/2021
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 251
Assembly Bill 251
Relating to: impersonating a public officer, public employee, or employee of a utility and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 263

For
Notification Date
4/13/2021
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 343
Assembly Bill 343
Relating to: grants to map, control, eradicate, monitor, and minimize the spread of wild parsnip; funding for the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation; granting rule-making authority; and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
6/11/2021
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 efforts to eradicate wild parsnip as it can cause safety issues for utility workers.
Assembly Bill 527
Assembly Bill 527
Relating to: authorizing community solar programs and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
9/16/2021
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
While we support properly-structured community solar projects, many of which are already in place in WI, CFC has concerns about AB 527 as it relates to WI's utility regulatory structure & potential to increase costs for non-participating customers.
Assembly Bill 588
Assembly Bill 588
Relating to: allowing persons to charge fees for the use of electric vehicle charging stations and the installation and operation of electric vehicle charging stations by the Department of Transportation or a political subdivision.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/9/2021
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
CFC believes electric vehicles offer potentially significant benefits for all WI electric customers and generally supports policies that promote EVs and access to EV charging. CFC supports efforts to gain consensus regarding this concept.
Senate Bill 47
Senate Bill 47
Relating to: making various changes to statutes administered by the Public Service Commission and requiring investor-owned energy utilities to fund a consumer advocate. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/29/2021
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 257
Senate Bill 257
Relating to: impersonating a public officer, public employee, or employee of a utility and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/13/2021
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 346
Senate Bill 346
Relating to: grants to map, control, eradicate, monitor, and minimize the spread of wild parsnip; funding for the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation; granting rule-making authority; and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
6/11/2021
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 efforts to eradicate wild parsnip as it can cause safety issues for utility workers.
Senate Bill 490
Senate Bill 490
Relating to: authorizing community solar programs and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
8/6/2021
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
While we support properly-structured community solar projects, many of which are already in place in WI, CFC has concerns about SB 490 as it relates to WI's utility regulatory structure & potential to increase costs for non-participating customers.
Senate Bill 573
Senate Bill 573
Relating to: allowing persons to charge fees for the use of electric vehicle charging stations and the installation and operation of electric vehicle charging stations by the Department of Transportation or a political subdivision.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/9/2021
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
CFC believes electric vehicles offer potentially significant benefits for all WI electric customers and generally supports policies that promote EVs and access to EV charging. CFC supports efforts to gain consensus regarding this concept.

Budget Bill Subjects

Administration: Departmentwide
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Administration: Departmentwide

Notification Date
2/23/2021
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.

Administration: Utility Public Benefits and Air Quality Improvement
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Administration: Utility Public Benefits and Air Quality Improvement

Notification Date
2/23/2021
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: Departmentwide
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Service Commission: Departmentwide

Notification Date
2/23/2021
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: Grant Programs
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Service Commission: Grant Programs

Notification Date
2/23/2021
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: Regulation of Public Utilities
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Service Commission: Regulation of Public Utilities

Notification Date
2/23/2021
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.

Transportation: Departmentwide
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Transportation: Departmentwide

Notification Date
2/23/2021
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.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Oppose LRB-1902/2 - authorizing community solar programs and granting rule-making authority
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Oppose LRB-1902/2 - authorizing community solar programs and granting rule-making authority

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
5/14/2021
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.

Oppose LRB-1550/P3 - exemption from public utility regulation regarding renewable electricity
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Oppose LRB-1550/P3 - exemption from public utility regulation regarding renewable electricity

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
5/14/2021
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 - Tyler Huebner, of Madison, as a Commissioner on the Public Service Commission, to serve for the term ending March 1, 2027.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Support - Tyler Huebner, of Madison, as a Commissioner on the Public Service Commission, to serve for the term ending March 1, 2027.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/25/2021
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.

2021-23 Biennial Budget Bill
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
2021-23 Biennial Budget Bill

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/15/2021
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.

Electric Vehicles and Electrification
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Electric Vehicles and Electrification

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/6/2021
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.

Focus on Energy program
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Focus on Energy program

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/6/2021
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.

Electric Energy Regulation
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Electric Energy Regulation

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/6/2021
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.

Renewable energy proposals
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Renewable energy proposals

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/6/2021
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

  2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2021
January - June
$23,373.52
2021
July - December
$22,051.41
2022
January - June
$19,051.56
Total $64,476.49
Total Hours Communicating 2021
January - June
22.50
2021
July - December
27.75
2022
January - June
10.50
Total 60.75
Total Hours Other 2021
January - June
113.00
2021
July - December
107.10
2022
January - June
42.40
Total 262.50

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: authorizing community solar programs and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
27 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 11 %
Relating to: allowing persons to charge fees for the use of electric vehicle charging stations and the installation and operation of electric vehicle charging stations by the Department of Transportation or a political subdivision.
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
14 %
2022
July - December
Total 2 %

Budget Bill Subjects

2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
13 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 6 %

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

No administrative rulemaking proceedings found.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
13 %
2021
July - December
15 %
2022
January - June
27 %
2022
July - December
Total 16 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
14 %
2021
July - December
22 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 15 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
49 %
2021
July - December
18 %
2022
January - June
45 %
2022
July - December
Total 35 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
12 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 5 %

Minor Efforts

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

Minor Efforts
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
11 %
2021
July - December
6 %
2022
January - June
14 %
2022
July - December
Total 9 %

Other Matters

No other matters found.

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures