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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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 industry.

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.


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