Pres. Obama Unveils Climate Change PlanJune 25, 2013
Pres. Obama has laid out a sweeping new climate change plan. The plan, which would cut carbon emissions in the United States and encourage other countries to do so as well, bypasses Congress, opting to achieve the president’s policy goals via executive action.
Interview with PSC Highlights Regional & Federal RegulationMarch 18, 2013
In an interview with The Wheeler Report, Phil Montgomery, the Chairman of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin discussed the challenges of the agency and the agencies move to more regional work.
PSC Denies Wind Farm PermitFebruary 27, 2013
On a 2-1 vote, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) decided to deny the application of Highland Wind Farm, LLC, for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to construct a 102.5 Megawatt Wind Electric Facility in the Towns of Forest and Cylon in St. Croix County.
EIA Explores Cellulosic Biofuels ShortfallFebruary 26, 2013
Milwaukee Highlighted by Dept. of EnergyFebruary 13, 2013
Since being selected as a Solar America City by the Energy Department in 2008, Milwaukee has continued to support the growth of its solar industry with the Milwaukee Power Pack pilot program and ongoing incentives for home and business owners. Last week, Energy.gov featured a weeklong blog series on Milwaukee’s solar strides.
- Learn how Milwaukee's solar pilot program and ongoing incentives are supporting local industry growth.
- Read an interview with the CEO of Helios Solar Works, Milwaukee’s first solar module manufacturing facility.
- See what a Milwaukee homeowner has to say about her experience with solar installation.
- Hear one Milwaukee solar installer reflect on his career in the field.
EPA Proposes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards in Wake of Court RulingFebruary 7, 2013
The EPA has proposed its 2013 volumetric requirements for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2) just a week after a federal court struck down one of its 2012 standards.
A Car Lovers LamentDecember 14, 2012
Since the 1960s regulations have dramatically altered the automotive industry. The Master Resource blog, which bills itself as a free-market energy blog, has an interesting post titled "Car Homogenization: What Have Regulations Wrought?" that explores some of the unintended consequences of safety and fuel efficiency regulations.
WPRI Explores Wisconsin's Electric Past & FutureDecember 7, 2012
“Power Up!” an article in the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute’s December 2012 issue of its magazine, Wisconsin Interest, explores Wisconsin’s electric generation history and the state’s current status relative to other states in the MISO (the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operators) region.
PSC Issues Strategic Energy AssessmentDecember 3, 2012
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) has released the final version of the state’s biennial Strategic Energy Assessment (SEA). The newly released SEA, “Energy 2018,” provides a glimpse of Wisconsin's anticipated energy supply and demand for the years 2012-2018.
EPA Keeps Renewable Fuels Levels in Place After Considering State RequestsNovember 30, 2012
This summer, in light of drought conditions affecting the country, Governors from several States requested a waiver of the national volume requirements for the renewable fuel standard program (RFS). The EPA recently denied the petition, citing a lack of evidence that would support a finding of severe “economic harm” which would warrant granting a waiver. The decision is based on economic analyses and modeling done in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy.
RPS Faces Policy ChallengesNovember 30, 2012
Although Wisconsin utilities are well on the way to meeting the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements, nationally and at the local level, there are still policy challenges still threaten renewable mandates.
Wisconsin Electric Providers Meeting Renewable Energy GoalsNovember 30, 2012
All Wisconsin electric providers are in compliance with their Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements for 2011, according to a recent Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) order. In addition, the majority of Wisconsin utilities have already achieved the increased percentage of renewable energy that will be required by 2015 under the state’s RPS mandate.
Obama’s Second Term: Energy & Environmental PolicyNovember 7, 2012
Various news sources preview what Pres. Obama’s energy and environmental policy could look like in his second term.
Wisconsin Energy Data AvailableNovember 6, 2012
EIA recently launched a new interactive web portal for state-level energy data and infrastructure overlays. The new web portal includes a profile analysis for each state and allows users to compare state rankings of energy consumption, production, and prices across fuels and sectors; customize energy maps; visualize state-level data with graphics and charts; and analyze key energy facts for each state.
Analysis Finds Seven EPA Regulations Would Cost 1.5 Million Jobs Over the Next Four YearsNovember 6, 2012
A new report from National Economic Research Associates (NERA) prepared for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity find that EPA regulations could cost 1.5 million jobs over the next four years, with a quarter million of those job losses occurring in the Midwest.
Interior Fast-Tracks Solar on Public LandsOctober 16, 2012
The Obama administration finalized a program Friday to fast-track “solar energy zones” on public lands in six Western states.
EPA Sets Bio-Diesel Volumes for 2013October 4, 2012
The EPA has taken action to establish the amount of bio-diesel products required to be included in diesel fuel markets in 2013 under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA).
Sensenbrenner Draws Attention to EPA's Four-Gallon MandateSeptember 19, 2012
Through an editorial published in The Hill, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has drawn the nation’s attention to the EPA’s new mandate requiring a minimum four-gallon purchase at service station pumps selling a new 15% blend of the fuel additive ethanol (E15) from the same hose and nozzle as the current 10% blend (E10).
Interior Department to Review Proposal for First U.S. Floating Wind TurbineSeptember 6, 2012
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced it will begin reviewing a proposal to build what would be the nation's first floating wind farm.
DOI's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proceeding with an assessment of Statoil North America's Hywind Maine project.
The proposed wind farm, located about 12 nautical miles off the coast in water about 500 feet deep, would have a 12-megawatt capacity from four wind turbines.
BOEM is seeking public comment on environmental issues related to the proposed leasing, construction, and operation activities in the offshore area.
This post was authored by GLLF staff attorney Emily Kelchen.
Wind Industry Surges in 2011August 31, 2012
The Energy Department released a new report on August 14 highlighting strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market in 2011. According to the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report, the United States remained one of the world’s largest and fastest growing wind markets in 2011.