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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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Conservatives Argue Against Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Conservatives Argue Against Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Right-leaning members of Wisconsin Supreme Court skeptical in oral arguments on lawsuit challenging lame-duck session before Evers took office.

Supreme Court Restores Lame Duck Appointees

Supreme Court Restores Lame Duck Appointees

State high court rules 4-3 that all 82 Walker appointees can return to work.

Appeals Court Sides with Evers on Appointees

Appeals Court Sides with Evers on Appointees

Judges rule Evers did not violate court order when he rescinded Walker's appointments.

GOP Asks Court to Restore Walker Appointees

GOP Asks Court to Restore Walker Appointees

Legislators want Appeals Court to force Evers to recognize 15 appointees the governor says were unlawful.

The State of Politics: Evers, GOP Tie in Early Innings
The State of Politics

Evers, GOP Tie in Early Innings

Capitol ballgame tied, but Republican legislators have big hitters coming to the plate.

Evers, GOP Fight Over Walker Appointees

Evers, GOP Fight Over Walker Appointees

Evers re-nominates 67 Walker appointees he rescinded, but Senate won't consider them.

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Laws

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Laws

Republicans will appeal. Evers and Kaul quickly drop state from suit against Affordable Care Act.

The Contrarian: The Double Standard of Duey Stroebel
The Contrarian

The Double Standard of Duey Stroebel

He attacks Evers appointee while ignoring “Ethical Baggage” of 13 Walker appointees.

Legislature Works Overnight To Curb Evers Power

Legislature Works Overnight To Curb Evers Power

Limits on early voting, constraints on Evers campaign promise on health care.

Wisconsin Center District Announces New Board
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Wisconsin Center District Announces New Board

The board will hold its first meeting on Friday, September 21 at the Wisconsin Center.

Wisconsin Center District Announces Substantial Completion of Fiserv Forum
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Wisconsin Center District Announces Substantial Completion of Fiserv Forum

Submission of Documents Signifies Authorization for Full Occupancy

WEDC Secretary Mark R. Hogan, DOA Secretary Ellen Nowak recognize Merrill Steel for role in Foxconn construction
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WEDC Secretary Mark R. Hogan, DOA Secretary Ellen Nowak recognize Merrill Steel for role in Foxconn construction

Merrill Steel is one of eight Wisconsin companies awarded contracts for the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park’s Multipurpose Building

Governor Announces Winner of the 35th Annual Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award
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Governor Announces Winner of the 35th Annual Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award

Ms. Stanford Taylor was honored at a ceremony in the Senate Parlor at the State Capitol this afternoon.

Governor Walker Appoints Chief of Staff Rich Zipperer to the Public Service Commission, Eric Schutt as Chief of Staff
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Governor Walker Appoints Chief of Staff Rich Zipperer to the Public Service Commission, Eric Schutt as Chief of Staff

Zipperer has served in the Governor’s Office since September 2012 and as chief of staff since September 2015.

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

Ellen Nowak will begin her role as Department of Administration (DOA) secretary on Monday, March 5, 2018.

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.