PSCW Holds Electric Vehicles Workshop

On Dec. 5, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) held a workshop on electric vehicles (EVs). The workshop is part of PSCW’s investigation of EV policy and regulation, an investigative docket that PSCW approved in February 2019. (PSCW Docket # 5-EI-156.) According to the notice, input at the workshop will be used to inform future […]

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Rep. Neubauer Releases Climate Change Package

This week, Rep. Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) released a package of bills to address climate change in Wisconsin. The “Forward on Climate” package addresses carbon emissions, investment in renewable energy, weatherization, and sustainable farming.   Social Cost of Carbon LRB 4811 would require the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to consider the social cost of […]

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PSCW Gives Final Approval to Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) has given final approval for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line. The line will electrically connect Dane County, Wisconsin to Dubuque County, Iowa. Additional approvals are needed from the Iowa Utilities Board and federal agencies. The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the application and conditions, which received initial approval […]

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PSCW Releases Summary Memo on Investigation of Electric Vehicles

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) has released a summary memorandum of initial comments in its docket to investigate electric vehicle (EV) policy and regulation. Comments were submitted by 24 parties, six utilities, and 12 members of the public in response to 28 questions categorized under the eight investigation topics initially laid out by PSCW. […]

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Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order on Clean Energy

On Aug. 16, Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order on clean energy, establishing a goal for Wisconsin electricity consumption to be carbon-free by 2050, among other initiatives. Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq, and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Preston Cole joined the governor at […]

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AG Kaul Joins Lawsuit Against Clean Power Plan Repeal

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has joined a coalition of 22 states and seven local governments in a lawsuit challenging the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, which repeals the Clean Power Plan. EPA proposed repealing the Clean Power Plan in 2017 after determining the rule exceeds EPA’s statutory authority and […]

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PSCW Approves Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line

This week, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) voted unanimously to preliminarily approve and select the route for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line. The line will electrically connect Dane County, Wisconsin to Dubuque County, Iowa. Additional approvals are needed from the Iowa Utilities Board and federal agencies. In a statement, PSCW Chairperson Rebecca Cameron […]

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EPA Finalizes Affordable Clean Energy Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, which replaces the 2015 Clean Power Plan. A rule promulgated during the previous administration, the Clean Power Plan imposed costly regulatory burdens on power plants in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. EPA proposed repealing the Clean Power Plan in 2017 […]

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Assembly Committee Holds Hearing on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

This week the Assembly Committee on Energy & Utilities held a public hearing on legislation (SB 236/AB 233) that would incentivize the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across Wisconsin. Authored by Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) and Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay) as part of the Assembly Republicans’ environment and energy proposals, the bill would […]

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Assembly Republicans Announce Environmental and Energy Proposals

Assembly Republicans recently announced a package of several environmental and energy proposals, including state support for electric vehicle charging stations and renewable energy rebates. Language of the proposals has yet to be introduced. Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) said funding for the proposals would come entirely from existing revenue. Below are details on the proposals.   […]

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