Wisconsin Energy Task Force Recommends Policies
Wisconsin Governor James Doyle released the final report from the Governor's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on December 1. The 25-member task force was created by an executive order in September 2003 to recommend energy policy for the state. These recommendations, which have yet to be approved by the governor, include:
- Raise the renewable energy requirement for electricity providers and utilities to 10% by 2015.
- Increase state government's use of renewable energy to 20% by 2010.
- Improve building energy codes.
- Encourage use of anaerobic digesters and wind turbines in rural areas.
The report received immediate and widespread support among Wisconsin businesses, industrial customers, power companies, labor unions, and energy and environmental advocates. Sue Beitlich, president of the Wisconsin Farmer's Union, said, "Wind energy, biomass, and solar energy can be new crops for us." The Wisconsin Energy Task Force publishes supporting documentation online.