|WEC Energy Group announces plan to increase dividend|
The directors expect to declare the new dividend at their regularly scheduled meeting in January. The dividend – which would be equivalent to an annual rate of
"The board's action today is consistent with our objective to target a dividend payout ratio of 65 to 70 percent of earnings," said
The projected dividend growth for 2018 is also in line with the company's longer term objective to grow earnings per share at a 5 to 7 percent average annual rate.
The company's principal utilities are We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service,
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