SB 144/AB 204: Watering Down Renewable Energy Credits

This bill is:
Anti-Conservation

Date Introduced:
March 29, 2017

Legislative Categories:
Energy

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Bill Description

Wisconsin should increase the amount of renewable energy in our state to reduce air and water quality pollution from burning fossil fuels. Currently the state is meeting its ten percent renewable energy goal that was established in 2005. Wisconsin was one of the lowest percentage targets in the Midwest. SB 144 & AB 204 continue to water down the effectiveness of our Renewable Energy Portfolio by expanding the number of energy technologies that count towards it without increasing the overall percentage. As a result, there is likely to be even less incentive for Wisconsin to decrease its fossil fuel use and transition to cleaner energy sources.

Current Status

SB 144 was referred to Senate Committee on Elections and Utilities. It had a public hearing on April 5, 2017, and was voted out of committee on April 20, 2017. The full Senate voted to pass it by a vote of 20 to 13 on May 2, 2017. The Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities held a public hearing on the bill on May 16, 2017.

Committee History

Full Vote Data

Assembly:  Awaiting Action

Senate:  Passed Senate

Governor:  Awaiting Action

Assembly

Citizen Action Needed

Call your Representative and ask them to oppose SB 144 & AB 204.