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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Massive Outpouring of Public Support for Continuing Incentives for Solar

 Wisconsin Residents Urge PSC to Reconsider Funding Suspension

Immediate Release -

Between August 2nd and yesterday, more than 630 individuals, businesses and organizations submitted comments urging the Public Service Commission (PSC) not to suspend Focus on Energy incentives for solar and small wind energy systems. The comments were posted following a preliminary PSC decision to suspend solar and small wind incentives for the duration of 2013.

“The overwhelming majority of Wisconsin residents favor clean energy development, and thousands of Wisconsin citizens and companies have built renewable energy systems with assistance from Focus on Energy,” said Tyler Huebner, Executive Director of RENEW Wisconsin. “Judging by the extraordinary outpouring of support for continuing incentives to solar and small wind, it’s clear that the PSC’s move to suspend incentives struck a nerve with the public.”    

At issue is the PSC’s decision in late July to base the level of funds available for solar and small wind on actual expenditures instead of obligations, which had been the standard practice with Focus on Energy’s renewable energy program since its inception in 2002.

“There is no need to let administrative formulas create an uncertain, unpredictable business environment for Wisconsin’s solar and small wind markets. There are simpler and less disruptive ways of balancing allocations among different renewable technologies, which would allow customers to continue accessing these incentives and our small renewable energy installation businesses to keep their doors open.“

“Though Focus on Energy is authorized to spend up to $10 million per year to help customers use more renewable energy, a suspension would ensure that funding in 2013 will fall well short of the target. We urge the PSC to take note of this show of support for clean energy and allow funding for solar and small wind to continue.” Huebner said. 

Update: RENEW Wisconsin was contacted by the Focus on Energy Rewards Program to notify RENEW that as of Wednesday, August 14, 2013, the PSC has not issued the final order. The Residential Rewards Program will continue to process new reservation applications for Solar Thermal and Solar Photovoltaic until the order has been issued OR funds have been exhausted. 
 

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RENEW Wisconsin is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that leads and represents businesses, organizations, and individuals who seek more clean renewable energy in Wisconsin.  More information on RENEW’s Web site at www.renewwisconsin.org.  

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