December 18, 2014

Democrats introduce Wisconsin Renewable Energy Act

Democrats in the state legislature tout an energy policy that puts Wisconsin utilities on course to achieving 30 percent renewable energy by the year 2030.

Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) says as equipment upgrades are needed, changes could be made.

The group says adopting a more robust renewable energy standard would enhance reliability, reduce dependence on out-of-state fuels, create jobs here in the state, and invest in Wisconsin-based energy generation.

AUDIORepresentative Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) tells reporters on the conference call the move would also lower energy prices. :19

The state’s current mandate is 10 percent by 2015. Miller says he realizes this bill is going nowhere in the current Republican-controlled legislative session, but he says as the election season and the next session approaches, it’s important to have a plan.