Wisconsin Energy Institute Report Takes the State to Task and Receives Significant Media Support
Tom Content's article for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlights the Wisconsin Energy Institute's conclusion that current state policy prevents Wisconsin from fulfilling its potential for renewable energy production. Read the Milwaukee Sentinel editorial board's article supporting this assessment below.
State should consider a more balanced approach to energy than is currently being pushed by the Walker administration.
We've long maintained that Wisconsin needs a better balanced energy
portfolio so that it can do more to mitigate the human causes of climate
change and to take advantage of the jobs that can be created through
the use of green energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass.
While it is true that those energy sources are not yet ready to bear
the load of providing for the state's energy needs — provided mainly by
the traditional coal, natural gas and nuclear sources — those fields are
growing globally and Wisconsin should be in the mix if it is to compete
in that global market.
A new report by the Wisconsin Energy Institute at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison argues that the state has fallen
behind the curve in a sector with an 8% global growth rate and that it
has erected too many barriers to move easily into the clean energy
One doesn't have to buy into all of the report's assertions to
understand that it does deserve attention. Nor does one have to buy into
a model, such as California's with increased rates and reliability
concerns, to understand that the state needs a better energy balance.