Joint Hearing Held on EPA’s Proposed Rules for Power Plants

On Wednesday, the Assembly and Senate energy committees held a joint informational hearing on EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan rule designed to lower carbon emissions from existing power plants. The committees heard testimony from the Department of Natural Resources, the Public Service Commission, Wisconsin utilities, Clean Wisconsin, and business groups. Much of the testimony and […]

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Energy Office Awards $1 Million to Wisconsin Trucking Companies

The Wisconsin State Energy Office awarded nearly $1 million to 53 trucking companies to fund diesel truck idling reduction technologies. Truck idling reduction technology provides power to heat, cool, or provide electricity to the truck as an alternative to the main engine, thereby saving fuel and reducing diesel fuel pollutants. Grants provide reimbursements for up […]

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Wisconsin Comments on EPA’s Carbon Rule

Governor Walker, legislators, state officials, and industry groups submitted comments on EPA’s proposed carbon regulation for existing power plants at the beginning of December. The Department of Natural Resources and Public Service Commission jointly filed a robust 119 pages of comments to EPA. The comments outline general concerns, building block comments, technical data corrections for […]

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EPA Provides Clarification on Clean Power Plants and Proposes Indian Country Rules

Stakeholders described potential challenges associated with achieving reductions required by as early as 2020, when the compliance period begins. Stakeholders generally proposed either the allowance of credit for early reductions, which provides flexibility to defer other emission reductions until later, or phasing in building block 2 over time similar to blocks 3 and 4. EPA […]

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2013 Wisconsin Water Use Withdrawl Summary

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) released its annual report on water withdrawals in Wisconsin. Wisconsin withdraws about 2.2 trillion gallons of water each year from ground and surface water sources. According the WDNR, that is enough water to fill Lambeau Field about 4,700 times. All property owners with systems capable of withdrawing 100,000 […]

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Wisconsin Energy Acquisition of Integrys Begins

The approval process for Wisconsin Energy Corporation’s acquisition of Integrys Energy Group Inc. officially started August 6 with filings to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW). The acquisition will bring together the two holding companies forming the WEC Energy Group. The single holding company will continue to separately operate several electric and gas utilities, including Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCO), […]

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UPDATE: Carbon Regulation for Power Plants

The Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) released initial study results from a regulatory impact analysis on the proposed EPA carbon rules for power plants. The study consists of two phases that calculate compliance costs within MISO’s footprint by applying the assumptions in EPA’s draft rule and examine the range of emission reductions and their costs […]

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Business Groups Submit EPA Comments

A broad coalition of business groups responded to a joint Public Service Commission-Department of Natural Resources request for comment on the proposed Environmental Protection Agency carbon regulation (called the “Clean Power Plan”) for existing power plants. The comments outline the potential negative impact of the proposed rule on Wisconsin’s economic competitiveness, several legal challenges, and […]

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Wisconsin’s Energy Profile

Data provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration lets us see an interactive state-by-state analysis and map of where our energy comes from. Click on the photo to interact with the map.

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2014 Broadband Planning Symposium and PSC Broadband Grants

On July 8, the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin hosted the 2014 Broadband Planning Symposium. The symposium is part of the LinkWISCONSIN initiative to increase Wisconsin’s competitiveness through the availability, adoption, and use of broadband technology. The event provided the opportunity for broadband stakeholders across the state to explore how broadband is changing in […]

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