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Sturgeon Bay Utilities played host to two of Governor Jim Doyle's cabinet members while Door County was Wisconsin's "Capitol For A Day" on July 14.
Immediately following the community's breakfast with Governor Doyle and his cabinet, Sturgeon Bay Utilities General Manager Jim Stawicki welcomed business leaders, Door County officials, and utility representatives to a forum with Public Service Commission Chairman Dan Ebert. During the forum PSC Chairman Ebert discussed a variety of issues concerning the electric utility industry. He addressed the PSC's recent decision to approve the construction of a wind farm near the Horicon marsh and the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision for WE Energies (a Milwaukee-based investor owned utility) to construct a coal fired electric generation facility in Oak Creek. Chairman Ebert indicated that it is important for Wisconsin to continue to improve its electric infrastructure by building new generation and transmission facilities. The new infrastructure is critical if Wisconsin is to grow its economy. Chairman Ebert also addressed questions from the audience.
Tom Paque, Vice President - Marketing with Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI), also spoke at the forum. WPPI is the power supplier for the community of Sturgeon Bay and some of the rural area around Sturgeon Bay. Sturgeon Bay is one of 40 member communities involved in the joint action agency. Mr. Paque spoke about the relationship between WPPI and SBU. With its relationship with WPPI, SBU is able to offer some of the lowest electric rates in Northeast Wisconsin.
Later in the morning, Mr. Stawicki, along with SBU commissioners and plant operators, met with DNR Secretary Scott Hassett at the utility's wastewater treatment facility. Secretary Hassett was given a tour of the facility. The plant operators showed him how methane gas was captured and used to heat the plant. The representatives from Sturgeon Bay also informed Secretary Hassett how the plant operates as a regional waste processing facility to help control the cost of waste disposal in the area. Waste received at the facility is processed into a soil conditioner and used by a local nursery.
We hope that through our direct interaction with members of Governor Doyle's staff, Sturgeon Bay Utilities was able to show that we are committed to providing low-cost and reliable services to the community of Sturgeon Bay and the surrounding area.