Businesses invited to support Homegrown Renewable Energy Campaign

Posted on June 15, 2009. Filed under: General |

In December 2008, four organizations–Wisconsin Farmers Union, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Clean Wisconsin, and RENEW Wisconsin–launched the Wisconsin Homegrown Renewable Energy Campaign. This campaign was developed to spur clean energy job creation right here in Wisconsin and advance the Governor’s goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. As you know, advancing a renewable energy economy will not just happen unless businesses and citizens work to make it happen.

The Wisconsin Homegrown Renewable Energy Campaign (HREC) focuses on four policy initiatives that advance rural Wisconsin interests and promotes the sustainable use of biomass, biogas, wind and solar energy. They are:

+ Biomass Energy Crop Reserve Program
+ Renewable Fuels for Schools and Communities Program
+ Advanced Renewable Tariffs: Building Renewable Energy Producers
+ Low Carbon Fuel Standard

RENEW is the lead organization fighting for Advanced Renewable Tariffs (ARTs)—a remarkably simple mechanism for supporting the development of smaller-scale renewable energy resources. Since 2005 RENEW has forcefully advocated for renewable tariffs that are pegged to the production cost of the specific resource and are uniformly set across utility service territories. Both popular and effective in Europe, ARTs have the potential to make similar inroads in North America for customer-sited wind, solar, biogas and biomass energy systems. For the last six months, the Public Service Commission has been investigating the merits and costs of this policy mechanism. Recently, the agency has requested further input from the public. We believe we can persuade the PSC to require the utilities it regulates to offer ARTs to customer producers of renewable energy.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP: If you’re a business, PLEASE consider adding your business to the list of supporters and sponsors of this initiative (see reverse side). By signing on you say that you support one or more of these initiatives and you will lend your organization’s name to a list of supporters. We hope you will also help us in advancing these policy initiatives through communication with your members, the media, and policy makers.

We thank you in advance for your consideration. If you would like to join the list of supporters for this initiative, please send an e-mail to Ed Blume indicating your support.


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