Allows for easier public access, greater transparency
MADISON – On Tuesday, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC or Commission) announced that the weekly Commission open meetings will now be featured and live-streamed on YouTube.com. The move comes as part of an effort at the PSC to increase transparency and access to the Commission and its proceedings.
Commission meetings are open to the public and take place at the Hill Farms State Office Building in Madison, WI. At open meetings, the Commissioners discuss and make decisions on many topics, including requests for permits to construct utility infrastructure like power plants and transmission lines, opening proceedings or investigations, reviewing requests for utility rate or tariff changes, resolving customer complaints, and funding award decisions like broadband expansion grants and energy innovations grants.
“The decisions that we make have a lasting impact on everyone in our state. Openness, transparency, and public participation are central components to what we do at the PSC,” said PSC Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq. “I encourage the public to engage with us and participate in a public hearing or workshop, provide written comments on a utility project, attend an open meeting, or watch the meetings live on YouTube.”
Previously, only an audio feed of the meetings was broadcast on the PSC website. The switch to live streaming on YouTube will provide audio and video of the meetings and on a more accessible and ubiquitous platform, which will include closed captioning. It will also support the playback of Commission meetings and archive meetings so the public can watch meetings at a time convenient to them.
To receive alerts when meetings have posted to the PSC YouTube page, click the red ‘Subscribe’ button, and then click the bell icon to get the alerts.