The Wisconsin Supreme Court's conservative majority on Thursday sided with a former member of the state Public Service Commission who did not want to testify in court about his personal relationships with utility companies building a new power line that he had voted to approve.
With construction underway on the nearly Cardinal-Hickory $500 million transmission line, the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case accusing a former regulator of bias in approving the project.
A federal judge has blocked utilities from building a nearly $500 million transmission line across the Mississippi River after finding federal agencies had failed to conduct a proper environmental review of the project.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a former regulator's communications with utility executives tainted his approval of a nearly $500 million transmission line to be built between Dane County and Dubuque, Iowa.
A Wisconsin appeals court this week hit pause on an order meant to compel a former regulator to turn over his personal cell phone in a case alleging he was biased in his vote to approve a nearly $500 million transmission line.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission on Thursday moved to reconsider the $500 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line after documents showed a former commissioner traded encrypted messages with employees of utilities developing the project.
Utilities that would own the $500 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line are asking state officials to reconsider the project after learning a former regulator secretly exchanged messages with utility employees before voting to approve the line.
A former state regulator applied to become CEO of one of Wisconsin's largest utility companies just months after voting to approve two of its projects, prompting opponents of the plans to accuse him of bias.
Wisconsin regulators gave final approval this week to the proposed $500 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek power line in Southwest Wisconsin amid project opponents' accusations of bias.
The bipartisan push for more clean energy in Wisconsin got another boost last week when the Public Service Commission approved a power line that will carry increasing amounts of renewable energy to consumers here.
Gov. Scott Walker's top aides pressed for a taxpayer-funded $500,000 loan to a now-defunct Milwaukee construction company that was collapsing and created no jobs, according to a newspaper investigation.
A former executive at Madison Gas & Electric is taking the helm at the state’s Department of Administration, while the top official at that agency is taking a new position as a utility regulator.
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