Legislative


WIEG Mitigated the Cost of the Current 10% Renewable Mandate

The state’s 10% renewable energy mandate has spurred billions in new generation and transmission infrastructure. This added rate pressure comes at a time of a struggling economy and a large margin of electric supplies. That’s why WIEG supported efforts to promote new energy displacement technologies to create Wisconsin jobs and mitigate the cost of the renewables mandate. WIEG also led the effort to update the Renewable Resource Credits (RRCs) administration process so that industrial customers, not just utilities, can generate RRCs. Other new laws have expanded the definition of renewables to include all hydroelectric power, light tubes and waste-related technologies for compliance with the 10% renewables law.

• Click here to view 2013 Act 300
• Click here to view 2011 Act 155
• Click here to view 2011 Act 34
• Click here to view 2009 Act 406

Defeated the Global Warming Bill

WIEG member companies are the largest and most energy-intensive consumers and are uniquely impacted by greenhouse gas and air emission reduction policies. WIEG members have facilities in many states and countries. In order to maintain a level playing field, WIEG advocates for global warming/air emissions regulations to be federalized to the greatest extent practicable and meet strong cost-benefit criteria. Our industries need government to be a partner in helping to reduce costs and improve competitiveness, not increase costs and reduce competitiveness. Due in large part to WIEG’s aggressive lobbying and coalition building efforts, the state’s global warming bill officially died at the end of the 2010 legislative session.

WIEG testimony in opposition to AB 649/SB 450
• Click here to view AB 649/SB 450 - Governor Doyle’s global warming legislation


Other major legislative efforts that WIEG influenced and supported in recent years:

Fuel Rules Reform (2009 Wisconsin Act 403)

Wisconsin law prohibits automatic fuel adjustment clauses in utility rate schedules. The new revision to the Fuel Rules adopts the compromise language worked out in a customer coalition led by WIEG (CUB, Wisconsin Paper Council and Wausau Paper). Ultimately, all parties supported the bill with none opposed. Act 403 creates by statute those elements of a new rule that WIEG has long believed critical: a requirement for hearings and a “deadband.” We believe the changes maintain incentives for utilities to be prudent when purchasing their fuel.

• Click here to view Act 403

Energy Efficiency & Renewables Act (2005 Wisconsin Act 141)

WIEG eventually signed off on the legislation that later became known as Act 141, but only after gaining important ratepayer protections such as the industrial cap on Public Benefits. The law added new protections for our energy efficiency funds to secure them from state budget raids. Act 141 also adds new renewable resources into the state’s generation mix with an “off ramp” to protect against rising costs (it has later become apparent these off ramps need revision to do a much better job of protecting ratepayers).

• Click here to view 2005 Wisconsin Act 141

 

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