A sponsor of the proposed Clean Energy Jobs bill says changes are likely before lawmakers take up a final version of the legislation.
A special legislative committee held its final public hearing Monday on the legislation, which would increase renewable energy standards and work to cut carbon emissions in Wisconsin. State Representative Spencer Black (D-Madison) says they’ll go to work now on a final version of the bill, as they consider the lengthy public testimony provided during the course of six hearings at the Capitol.
Black says they’ve received good feedback from the public and business groups, which will be used to consider possible amendments to the legislation. He’s uncertain though about what changes will be, only saying that the goal of the bill will still be to increase the use of clean energy and cut utility bills for the public.
The legislation has faced a great deal of criticism from business groups, who say it would greatly increase their energy costs and drive jobs out of the state. Supporters have countered that it would create far more jobs by encouraging the growth of businesses devoted to renewable energy here in Wisconsin and by reducing the state’s reliance on outside energy sources.
The Madison Democrat says they hope to have a final version of the legislation passed in time for Governor Doyle to sign it on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in April.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (:54)