2015 Rate Cases: Make a Public Comment!

It has been and always will be the MREA’s vision, that our programs and services will respond to evolving energy issues, empower people to make wise lifestyle choices, and be accessible to the broadest possible audience. We will share our success with other like-minded organizations, recognizing that we are stronger when we all work together for our common goals.  

We wanted to inform you of the proposed increase in Xcel Energy’s fixed monthly rate charges for 2016 that will negatively impact customer owned investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and penalize those who use the least energy. 

Xcel Energy is seeking to increase their monthly fixed rates, asking the Public Service Commission to approve a $10.00 rate increase to $18.00.

Utility companies are posturing that the huge increases in fixed monthly charges are about fairness to all customers. Utilities claim that customers who have installed renewable energy systems are not “paying their far share”, all without providing any data to back up this assertion. In fact all studies to date have shown that customer owned solar provides benefits to ALL customers, not just the system owner.

MREA Executive Director Nick Hylla wrote an editorial for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel detailing the situation.

Let your voice be heard! Our friends at RENEW WI have set up an easy way for you to let your support of renewable energy and energy efficiency be heard. Click on the link below to submit your comment to the Public Service Commission.

Click here to submit a public comment in protest of Xcel Energy Increase:



Energy Fair Artwork - Request for Proposal

We are back at enthusiasticly planning The 27th Annual Energy Fair and are putting the call out to artists to collaborate with us on a design for The 2016 Energy Fair, June 17-19!

Each year, we work with talented artists who design beautiful artwork that showcases the theme for the year and the amazing variety of experiences available at The Energy Fair. This year, The Energy Fair theme is focused around transparency, public participation, and democracy. Mock-ups are due October 12 and the artist will be chosen by October 28. Please read the request for proposal for more details, share with any artist you know who might be interested, and contact Devon, devonc@midwestrenew.org for any questions.


Introducing the Virtual Solar Power Hour!

The Solar Power Hourâ„ , our one-hour educational session for home, business, and farm owners, is now available online. Discover the benefits of solar energy for your home, small business, or farm from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. This one-hour presentation discusses solar market trends, describes the basic components of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, outlines the process for installing solar PV, and introduces incentive options and economic benefits.

Visit the Virtual Solar Power HourSM today!