PSC will also study advanced renewable tariffs

Posted on January 20, 2009. Filed under: General |

From another notice from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin announcing an investigation of standard buy back rates for electricity for generated by renewables, as proposed by RENEW in the recent rate case of Alliant Energy and WPS, as well as the Home Grown Energy Campaign:

This is an investigation to examine whether and how to expand the availability and use of advanced renewable tariffs (ART) in Wisconsin and promote greater uniformity in the ARTs offered by Wisconsin electric utilities.

The Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming issued a final report in July 2008 recommending that the state of Wisconsin develop and implement an advanced renewable tariff policy. More specifically, the Task Force recommended that the Commission convene a docket to determine the production costs of various distributed renewable resources such as solar, wind, small hydro, landfill gas, biogas, and other biomass sources.

The Commission has previously approved experimental renewable tariffs for some Wisconsin utilities on an individual case-by-case basis. In a recent rate case, the Commission decided to open this investigation into whether it should establish more uniform ARTs across all Wisconsin electric utilities.

The announcement lists a long list of issues for the investigation and asks for responses to the issues by noon on Tuesday, February 17, 2009.


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