In Wisconsin, where state regulators and utilities have been perceived as cool to renewable energy, rural co-ops are making major investments in solar power.
A Wisconsin utility that has drawn criticism for fixed-charge increases now finds clean-energy advocate in its court as it seeks approval for a community solar program.
Wisconsin’s ratepayer-supported energy efficiency program could see a reduction in funding under a pending proposal in the state legislature.
Vermont and Wisconsin are kindred spirits in many ways, with lush rolling hills dotted with dairy farms and a history of populist politics. In recent years, though, the states have charted very different paths, particularly on energy.
While the utility serving Madison, Wisconsin has recently made a public commitment to expand renewable power and cut emissions, clean-energy advocates say they still have unanswered questions.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved another increase in utility fixed charges, this time for Xcel Energy.
Wisconsin has gained national notoriety for large increases in fixed charges on utility bills, with another case pending that will help determine the state’s future direction.
While Wisconsin has been making headlines for its battles over distributed solar, advocates say the state is lagging on another energy front.
In a victory for solar advocates in Wisconsin, today a judge overturned fees on customers with solar installations in We Energies’ service territory.
In Wisconsin and Minnesota, a lack of clarity around the legality of third-party ownership, an important solar financing arrangement, has jeopardized or slowed the prospects for solar development, industry backers say.