Governors issue renewable energy policy options
The platform adopted by Midwestern governors at the Midwestern Energy Security and Climate Stewardhsip Summit includes the following policy options for renewable electricity. The fifth item on siting policies would be particularly vital to elimination of local roadblocks to wind development in Wisconsin.
1. Implement appropriate policies for development of renewable electricity generation. Enact, where appropriate, or enhance existing state renewable energy standards or objectives in the region to stimulate the development of new renewable electricity generation. . .
2. Expand collaborative regional transmission planning and siting to enable future development of renewable electricity generation.
3. Incorporate transmission development requirements into existing state renewable energy objectives and standards. . . .
4. Pursue a multi-state transmission initiative to facilitate construction and delivery to market of a large amount of new renewable electricity generation, together with power from other lower-carbon generation facilities. . . .
5. Develop and implement comprehensive siting principles and policies for wind farms to encourage orderly development of the resource. Achieving wind energy generation on a large scale will require sustained public acceptance of the siting and construction of wind farms. Wind energy must be deployed with a clear awareness of the need for appropriate siting that takes into account ecological, scenic, cultural and other concerns. In some parts of the Midwest, local opposition to wind farm construction already presents a barrier to development of the resource. Crafting adequate and consistent state siting policies and procedures should be done cooperatively and inter-jurisdictionally to ensure that wind development proceeds in ways that foster long-term public support for the industry and that avoid pitting states against one another or impeding a regional approach to wind development.
6. Encourage a diversity of approaches to renewable electricity development, including projects that have significant components of local ownership. . . .
7. Demonstrate technology, engineering and operating strategies for maximizing the total electricity generation from the region’s wind resources. Policy-makers should support the development and deployment of strategies and technologies to maximize wind energy’s contribution to the region’s electric power generation. . . .
8. Develop economic incentives and workforce development policies to attract renewable energy component manufacturers and service providers to the region. Take steps to integrate state economic development and workforce development programs and incentives into renewable energy development policies and strategies with the goal of attracting manufacturers and service providers, both for regional economic benefit and to stem the rising capital and labor costs associated with all energy projects. The Midwest already benefits, for example, from the presence of major wind turbine blade and tower manufacturers, turbine assembly operations, engineering and wind farm construction firms, and operations and maintenance providers whose commercial success extends well beyond the region.