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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Doyle says renewable energy standard key to bill

An Associated Press story posted on WKBT-TV (La Crosse):

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle says he's open to approving a scaled-back clean energy bill as long as a key provision setting new renewable energy standards remains in tact.

Doyle says the crux of the sweeping measure being debated in the Legislature would require 25 percent of Wisconsin's energy to come from renewable sources by 2025. He says that provision is what's critical to creating new jobs in fields like solar and wind energy.

Doyle told reporters he is open to changes on other details that he didn't specify and that he expects "significant changes" as it moves through both houses.

The bill would lift Wisconsin's ban on new nuclear power plants and tighten auto emission standards, among many other things.

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