Coalition releases final policies to boost economy, reduce greenhouse gas

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: Biomass, Nuclear, Wind |


From a news release issued by the coalition for Clean, Responsible Energy for Wisconsin’s Economy (CREWE):

MADISON, Wis. – The coalition for Clean, Responsible Energy for Wisconsin’s Economy (CREWE) today released its final three policy papers—Biofuels, Nuclear Power and Wind Development— which include recommendations that would spur economic development, reduce greenhouse gas reductions and create jobs.

Last week, CREWE circulated its policies on Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and Energy Efficiency in conjunction with Earth Day.

“We feel that Wisconsin is poised for a transition to a sound economy powered by new, good-paying, green jobs,” Thad Nation, executive director of CREWE, said. “These papers are the culmination of months of hard work amongst our members who bring a wide variety of expertise from the business and energy sectors of Wisconsin.”

Key points from the Biofuels paper include:
+ Using biofuels can reduce our dependence on out-of-state energy sources and thus keep energy dollars invested in Wisconsin’s economy; and
+ Producing biomass can sequester carbon and may be compatible with the tourism industry and wood products industry if the incentives are targeted the right way.

Key points from the Nuclear Power paper include:
+ Changing the state’s “nuclear moratorium” should take place in conjunction with the enhanced 25 percent by 2025 renewable portfolio standard; and
+ Following certain criteria in construction and storage can make nuclear energy a credible way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Key points from the Wind Development paper include:
+ Taking advantage of the $54 billion stimulus package passed by Congress for green projects. Clean projects reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create good-paying jobs;
+ Strengthening and extending the RPS will signal to wind energy developers that Wisconsin is committed to renewable energy growth.

CREWE members include Alliant Energy, EcoEnergy, Johnson Controls, Xcel Energy, C5•6 Technologies, Madison Gas and Electric, Orion Energy Systems, Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin Energy Corp., Emerging Energies of Wisconsin, MillerCoors, American Transmission Co. and WPPI Energy.

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