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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

GOP lawmaker wants to freeze state's renewable energy mandate


More on the Grothman saga... RENEW's own Don Wichert is quoted in this article from Thomas Content in the Journal Sentinel.

"A legislator who represents a part of Sheboygan County where a small wind farm has been proposed wants to freeze the state's renewable energy mandate.

Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said he plans to introduce legislation that would freeze the state's renewable energy mandate at 2012 levels.

The renewable mandate requires that 10% of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2015. Utilities have already complied with the 2010 mandate, which required that 6% of the state's power come from renewable sources, such as wind farms, landfill gas projects and biomass.

Grothman called the 10% requirement a mistake that is raising electricity prices and "tearing at the fabric of Wisconsin communities when new windmills are proposed."

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Wichert, of Renew Wisconsin, said the state is behind other states when it comes to renewable energy. Iowa already has 20% of its electricity from renewable sources, and Minnesota and Illinois both have 25% renewable power standards on the books."


Senior policy director of Clean Wisconsin, Keith Reopelle, said Grothman's proposal is "out of touch with reality."  Read the full article here.

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