Doyle touts renewable energy for job retraining

Posted on August 3, 2010. Filed under: Economic development |


From an article by Charlie Mathews in the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter:

MANITOWOC — Jim Doyle isn’t running for a third term as Wisconsin’s governor, but that didn’t stop him from giving a campaign-like speech Monday afternoon at Orion Energy Systems.

“We must continue going forward with basic Wisconsin values,” Doyle told business and civic leaders at the end of a whirlwind 10 hours that started with an 8 a.m. ferry crossing to Washington Island at the northern tip of Door County.

“Yes, it costs money but we must remain committed to retraining those who are unemployed,” said Doyle, who, today, will visit communities in Sheboygan, Belgium, Port Washington, Racine and Kenosha as part of a two-day venture to Lake Michigan coastal communities.

“We can’t allow this recession to send us 15 years back,” Doyle said. He said Wisconsin must remain focused on increased use of renewable energy.

That philosophy led to his signing in May of Senate Bill 273, which classified Orion’s Apollo light pipes as using a renewable energy resource — the sun. Orion’s customers buying the technology may qualify for “green” tax credits.

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