Coalition applauds Assembly committee vote on Clean Energy Jobs Act

Posted on April 16, 2010. Filed under: Climate change, Economic development, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy |

From a news release issued by Advocates for Renewable Energy:

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2010

For More Information Contact:
Monte Lamer: (715) 486-6110
Michael Hastings: (888) 571-9931

Encourages Swift Passage in Senate Committee

The over 50 renewable energy businesses and organizations of Advocates for Renewable Energy [including RENEW Wisconsin] applaud the Assembly Committee on Clean Energy Jobs, which passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act by a wide margin yesterday.

“The Clean Energy Jobs Act provides the means to significantly improve our state’s position on energy sources,” said Monte Lamer of Business Biomass Solution in Middleton, whose company’s mission is to reduce and stabilize long term energy operating costs for its customers by utilizing low value feedstocks such as biomass or organic residuals.

“Increased funding for renewable energy and strong goals for smallscale distributed renewable energy projects will encourage Wisconsin farmers, homeowners, and businesses to invest in renewable energy systems, and provide a hedge against energy costs. The bill will also give life to many stalled renewable energy projects in the state.”

The vote comes the day after over 40 businesses circulated the capitol urging legislators to vote for the bill.

With the potential to create over 15,000 jobs, according to an independent study of the bill, businesses see ample opportunity for growth and development due to these policies.

A study released by the Public Service Commission yesterday confirms that the bill will reduce electricity rates. The encouraging approval by the Assembly committee today is a clear indication that the bill remains strong and is poised to move through the Assembly and Senate.

“The most exciting part of the bill to our company is the ten percent in-state component to the renewable portfolio standard,” stated Michael Hastings of Half Moon Power in Milwaukee, a company which develops wind energy. “As we have seen from neighboring states such as Michigan, this policy will bring capital investment and jobs.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act will send a signal to renewable energy businesses that Wisconsin wants to become competitive in clean energy industries.”


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