Keep RENEW working for more renewable energy

Posted on September 26, 2009. Filed under: General |

Good news! RENEW’s top policy priority over the last two years, legislation to establish uniform, science-based permitting standards for windpower projects, has been approved and will soon be law!

Publicly supported by more than 60 organizations and businesses, Senate Bill 185 cleared the Wisconsin Senate September 15 on a 23 to 9 vote. One day later, the same bill cleared the Assembly on a 65 to 31 vote. Governor Doyle has pledged to sign SB 185 into law.

We are deeply indebted to our lobbyist and to our Wind for Wisconsin coalition partners who closed ranks and worked hard to overcome a determined opposition and secure passage of this landmark bill.

We especially thank our members and others who contributed financially to our two-year campaign to put Wisconsin’s wind energy permitting house in order.

But that’s just the first step. The spotlight will soon shift to Public Service Commission (PSC), the agency that will develop the permitting standards.

To ensure that the rules promulgated by the PSC are fair, reasonable and based on science instead of speculation, we need to engage the wind industry and its supporters in the forthcoming rulemaking process. A catalyst is needed to provide an organized voice for wind energy interests in this proceeding. Just as it was for the legislative campaign, the catalyst for creating that organized voice before the PSC will be RENEW Wisconsin.

We can do what needs to be done with your help. Please join RENEW to put the necessary resources into our ongoing priority for wind in Wisconsin.

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