EPA Proposes Affordable Clean Energy Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the proposed 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 […]

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First Municipal Customer Side Lead Pipe Removal Program Approved

On Aug. 16, the Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the state’s first municipal customer side lead pipe removal program. In March, Gov. Scott Walker signed the Leading on Lead Act (Act 136) into law, thereby paving the way for water utilities to provide financial assistance to replace water laterals on private property containing lead.  The […]

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Study Committee on Investment and Use of School Trust Funds Meets

The Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds met for the first time on Aug. 16, 2018. The committee, chaired by Rep. Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg) and Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), is tasked with reviewing the investment process and loan programs under the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL). The […]

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PSC, Governor’s Office Staff Changes

Earlier this month, Gov. Scott Walker appointed his chief of staff, Rich Zipperer, as Public Service Commissioner. Zipperer fills a vacancy created when Walker appointed Ellen Nowak as Department of Administration secretary in February. Zipperer has worked as Walker’s chief of staff since 2015 and was previously elected to the Wisconsin state Senate and Assembly. […]

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Signed by Governor: Leading on Lead Act, Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan, and Worker’s Compensation Fix

Signed by Governor: Leading on Lead Act, Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan, and Worker’s Compensation Fix

In the last week, Gov. Scott Walker signed several major bills into law. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Milwaukee, the governor signed the Leading on Lead Act into law as Act 136. The Act allows water utilities to provide financial assistance to replace water laterals on private property containing lead. The law requires a municipal […]

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Xcel Energy Legislative Day 2018

Xcel Energy Legislative Day 2018

Xcel Energy held their 18th annual Legislative Day in Madison on Feb. 27. Xcel Wisconsin-Michigan President Mark Stoering and Regional Government Affairs Director Matt Pagel welcomed attendees at Monona Terrace. Then, Gov. Scott Walker addressed the group, honoring Xcel for their commitment to hiring veterans. Following Walker, Public Service Commissioner Lon Roberts discussed workforce training […]

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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Regulatory Reform Bills

On Feb. 6, the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform held a public hearing on two bills that would change agency rule-making process in Wisconsin. AB 384, authored by Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), would put expiration dates on administrative rules. SB 745, authored by Sen. David […]

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3M Legislative Day 2018

3M held their annual legislative day in Madison this week.  With four plants in Wisconsin and as the manufacturer of products the state uses, 3M makes it a priority to have routine communication with legislators and policy makers on issues that are important to the company and the Wisconsin plants. Tuesday evening 3M had an […]

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Bills of Note: PSC

The Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin staff, as they have in previous sessions, have drafted a bill of modest process reforms for consideration by the legislature. This session, PSC staff are working legislation to: Exempt from the need for PSC approval a rebuild of an existing transmission line (and associated facilities) provided that not […]

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Dane County Judge Vacates DNR-Approved Agricultural Well Permits

On October 11, Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn, Dane County Circuit Court, vacated seven high-capacity well permits issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and remanded another. Clean Wisconsin convinced the court DNR had a public trust duty to deny the permits despite no statutory language that requires such action. Clean Wisconsin filed the suit […]

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