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Monday, June 18, 2012

Empower customers to overcome institutional and cultural barriers to renewables in Wisconsin!

From a presentation by Michael Vickerman, Program and Policy Director, titled Progress or Retreat? Constructing a Viable Policy Road Map for Renewables in Wisconsin at the MREA Energy Fair, Custer, WI, June 16: 
  • Climate change issue losing currency
  • Natural gas emerging as the new silver bullet.  100 years’ supply at rock bottom prices?--NOT!!!!
  • RE incentives have been rebranded as subsidies
  • Utilities groaning under excess generating capacity 
  • Revenue growth no longer a certainty 
  • Investment is passé – cost-cutting now the rage.  Consequently, utilities are backpedaling from renewables 
 See the full presentation here.

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