Paper industry sets sites on PSC and renewable energy

Posted on March 3, 2011. Filed under: Renewable energy - generally | Tags: |


The legislative agenda on energy of the Wisconsin Paper Council (from the association’s newsletter):

• A limit on the amount of excess electric generation capacity that the Public Service Commission (PSC) can approve;
• A limit on the cost of renewable energy projects for the purpose of complying with the renewable portfolio requirements for utilities;
• A prohibition on the ability of the PSC to order the shutdown of an electric generating plant unless requested by the owner;
• A prohibition on the ability of the PSC to require a regulated utility to lobby for or against legislation;
• Elimination of the authority of the PSC to increase funding for energy efficiency with only passive legislative review;
• Elimination of a massive energy efficiency funding increase (and associated fee increase) approved in mid-December before the current Legislature was sworn in;
• Elimination of very broad authority granted to the PSC that enables the agency to claim legal authority for almost anything it wants to do; and
• Elimination of the Department of Natural Resources Office of Energy.

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