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Ellen Nowak

Ellen Nowak is a member of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.

Official Biography

Ellen Nowak was appointed to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in July 2011 by  Governor Scott Walker.

Prior to her appointment, she was the chief of staff to Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.  From 2002-2006 she was the legal counsel and then chief of staff to the Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly.  She also worked as the deputy director of School Choice Wisconsin.  From 1998-2002, Ellen practiced business litigation at Mallery & Zimmerman, SC in Milwaukee.

Ellen has a law degree from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

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Governor Walker Announces Availability of Broadband Expansion Grant
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Governor Walker Announces Availability of Broadband Expansion Grant

Applications for the Broadband Expansion Grants are due at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin by January 25, 2018.

Murphy’s Law: Why Gableman Is Stepping Down
Murphy’s Law

Why Gableman Is Stepping Down

And how will that affect the race for Supreme Court?

State Energy Fund Diverted to Other Uses

State Energy Fund Diverted to Other Uses

$8 million goes for internet access, much of it to three private companies.

AG Schimel Announces Executive Leadership Changes
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AG Schimel Announces Executive Leadership Changes

AG Schimel appointed Paul Connell as Deputy Attorney General and Delanie Breuer as his Chief of Staff.

Focus on Energy’s Renewable Energy Rebates & Biogas Projects Funded for 2017 & 2018
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Focus on Energy’s Renewable Energy Rebates & Biogas Projects Funded for 2017 & 2018

The rebates wil spur small, customer-based renewable energy projects throughout Wisconsin.

Public Service Commission Sharply Trims WPS’ Fixed Charge Request
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Public Service Commission Sharply Trims WPS’ Fixed Charge Request

State Regulatory Agency Grants Wisconsin Public Service only a $2 increase instead of the $6 requested

Governor Scott Walker Seeks Local Applications for Increased Broadband Grants
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Governor Scott Walker Seeks Local Applications for Increased Broadband Grants

Governor Scott Walker announced the state Public Service Commission is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2016 Broadband Expansion Grants.

Solar Groups Take Next Step in Appeal of Public Service Commission Decision on 2014 We Energies Rate Case
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Solar Groups Take Next Step in Appeal of Public Service Commission Decision on 2014 We Energies Rate Case

RENEW Wisconsin and the Alliance for Solar Choice ask courts to rule on the legality of the decision.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Changes
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Changes

Today, Governor Scott Walker announced the following administrative staff changes

The State of Politics: PSC Questions Cost of Cutting Emissions
The State of Politics

PSC Questions Cost of Cutting Emissions

Public Service Commissioner Nowak warns federal carbon-emission rule could cost $20 billion. But is the estimate accurate?

Murphy’s Law: State PSC Gives Huge Giveaway to Businesses
Murphy’s Law

State PSC Gives Huge Giveaway to Businesses

Electric ratepayers in one-half of the state will subsidize downtown Milwaukee businesses.

Back in the News: A Streetcar Named Cooperation?
Back in the News

A Streetcar Named Cooperation?

Republicans force city to pay to relocate utilities for streetcar and Barrett calls for cooperation from We Energies to keep costs down.

Whoops, We Changed Our Mind

Whoops, We Changed Our Mind

The Public Service Commission changes course and delays decision on who must pay utility costs for Milwaukee Streetcar.

Statement from Mayor Tom Barrett Concerning the Public Service Commission Ruling on the Milwaukee Streetcar Project
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Statement from Mayor Tom Barrett Concerning the Public Service Commission Ruling on the Milwaukee Streetcar Project

We agree with comments made by two of the three Public Service Commission (PSC) members that the Streetcar project is an exercise of the City’s police power, and that it is a benefit to the public’s health, safety and welfare.