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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Farmers Union policy priorities included in Clean Energy Jobs Act

From a news release issued by the Wisconsin Farmers Union:

Chippewa Falls, Wis. (January 21, 2010) - Three programs from the Wisconsin Farmers Union's Homegrown Renewable Energy Campaign will be included in Wisconsin's Clean Energy Jobs Act. During a news conference today with Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Rod Nilsestuen, WFU Executive Director Scott Schultz said the farm organization is encouraged by the inclusion of several provisions in the bill that would benefit family farmers.

"This bill has potential for setting Wisconsin up for economic success by playing to family farmers' strengths," Schultz said. "The bill recognizes that farmers are part of the solution-not the problem-in securing a future rooted in homegrown, renewable energy."

One of the bill's provisions allows the Public Service Commission to set known buyback rates for the generation of renewable energy on the farm.

"Farmers and landowners who build cost-effective renewable energy installations will have guaranteed fixed rates to sell their electricity," Schultz said. "Electric companies will see benefits from those installations by receiving clean-energy credits that can be used in meeting state requirements."

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