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Wisconsin Energy Task Force Recommends Efficiency, Renewables
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle released the final report of his Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables on December 1st. The task force report recommends establishing a requirement to draw on renewable energy for 10 percent of the state's electricity needs by 2015, while setting tougher goals for state agencies: buying 10 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2006, and 20 percent by 2010. The report also recommends a sales and use tax exemption for customer-owned renewable energy systems, while taking a variety of actions to support renewable energy systems—especially anaerobic digesters—in rural areas. In terms of energy efficiency, the report recommends updating and improving the state's commercial building energy codes; requiring state agencies to buy energy-efficient products and appliances; establishing goals or requirements for state facilities to exceed energy-efficiency codes; and restructuring the state's Focus on Energy program. See the task force report.