EPA Announces Landmark Rule on Carbon Emissions

 With this week’s announcement of the new EPA rules for existing power plants and carbon emissions, some are calling June 2nd, 2014 the most important day of President Obama’s second term. What makes the new proposed rule on carbon pollution emission guidelines so note-worthy? Background Under direction of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the EPA […]

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EPA Proposes Rule to Assess SO2 Air Quality

On May 13, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed options for states and local air agencies to use air quality monitoring or modeling to determine whether areas meet the 2010 air quality standards for sulfur dioxide (SO2). Below is a discussion of the proposed rule. Background of 2010 Revised SO2 NAAQS In June 2010, […]

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EPA Poised to Set Carbon-Emissions Rules for Existing Power Plants

 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy, announced that the EPA is set to issue the much anticipated rules on June 2nd for existing power plants under § 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The regulations could significantly limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and potentially force many existing coal-fired plants to cease burning the […]

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Wisconsin Appeals Court Upholds Wind Siting Rules

The Wisconsin 3rd District of Appeals upheld Wisconsin’s wind siting standards on March 22nd. This means that the PSC will not have to produce a report on how wind turbines affect property values while imposing the siting standards. The Wisconsin Realtors Association, Wisconsin Builders Association, and Wisconsin Towns Association along with a few individuals, brought […]

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Legislative Update: Roundabouts, Tax Credits, and Leadership Shifts

Wisconsin Rewable Energy Act Introduced Despite its sweeping policies, the Wisconsin Renewable Energy Act was recently introduced with muted fanfare and debate that reflects its likely demise. Fair to say: too late, too much, and wrong party. Introduced by Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona), Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point), and Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine), the legislation […]

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Supreme Court Hears Case on Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Supreme Court Hears Case Determining Scope of EPA’s Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions under Clean Air Act On Monday, February 24, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency.This is the first case since the Court’s Massachusetts v. EPA opinion to address the EPA’s authority […]

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Applications Available – Broadband Expansion Grants for FY 2014

A new grant program adopted for the first time in the recent state budget, 2013 Wis. Act 20, provides that the Public Service Commission may award up to $500,000 in grants during Fiscal Year 2014 to improve broadband communications services in Wisconsin. Grant funds can only be used to reimburse the construction of broadband facilities. […]

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Last Floor Sessions of 2013

The Senate and Assembly have adjourned their last regular sessions for 2013. Both houses had busy agendas as they moved to get bills passed before the end of the calendar year. Elections and Politics The most contentious issues involved elections – from voting to recalls and redistricting. Party line votes and long debates were abundant. […]

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Roundtable Discusses Opportunities for Expanding the Use of Natural Gas in Wisconsin

The Department of Administration recently hosted a forum to provide information to businesses and citizens about expanding the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel. “Businesses across Wisconsin are looking for ways to offset and reduce high gasoline and diesel prices. The use of natural gas as a transportation fuel is a […]

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New Bills Signed Into Law

Gov. Walker signed several bills into law on Friday, July 5, 2013. Please contact a member of the Hamilton Consulting team if you require further information on any of the laws below.   Assembly Bill 20 – relating to the notice and degree requirements for the examination to practice as a certified public accountant. This […]

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