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.
Positive news out of Washington isn’t always the easiest to find, so it may be surprising to learn that a bipartisan group of federal legislators has come together to support an energy policy which could have important benefits for Wisconsin.
A Wisconsin town of fewer than 1,200 stands on the verge of sending shock waves through the wind energy industry.
Barry Goldwater, Jr. is a prominent conservative and chairman of the group Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed (TUSK). Goldwater and his associates are pushing for net metering solar policies that are favorable to utility customers in 17 states across the country, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kansas. Last week Goldwater talked with Midwest Energy News about utility arguments, “green tea” and splits within the Republican Party.