The first-of-its-kind study found it's possible to replace virtually all fossil fuels with clean energy sources using mostly existing technologies and without sacrificing reliability.
The states will work together to develop a proposal for a regional network of clean hydrogen producers, potential clean hydrogen consumers, and connective infrastructure.
Conservation groups oppose the line, known as Cardinal-Hickory Creek, which would run 102 miles between Dubuque and Middleton.
Alliant Energy and the WEC Energy Group announced plans Thursday to delay previously announced retirements of three coal-fired power plants amid reliability concerns and supply-chain issues.
The town of Christiana is asking the courts to reverse the Public Service Commission’s approval of the Koshkonong Solar Energy Center, which would produce enough electricity to power about a third of the county’s homes.
The utilities, which have so far spent about $277 million on the project, say the price of steel has essentially doubled in the four years since construction costs were estimated, while the aluminum and steel wires have gone up 68%.
Other industry experts say the situation is not as dire as it seems and note that Wisconsin, along with Minnesota and Iowa, have capacity to spare.
The Public Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to authorize Alliant to buy or build six solar farms at a cost of about $620 million.
The vote is another step in the commission’s process to shape the 23-year-old program’s direction over the next four years, when most of the state’s remaining coal-fired power plants will be replaced with wind, solar and battery power.
Koshkonong is the twelfth and largest solar project approved by the commission but the first of its size in Dane County. It includes the largest battery storage component yet approved in Wisconsin.
Local workers can generate more than twice as much economic activity in their communities as out-of-state laborers, according to a study released Wednesday, highlighting concerns over who benefits from all the spending.
With utilities seeking to spend billions of dollars building wind, solar and battery storage systems to replace coal-fired power plants, commissions agreed they need a better understanding of the cost and ramifications.
WEC Energy Group and Madison Gas and Electric were expected to file a joint application Tuesday to purchase the Paris Solar-Battery Park.
The Public Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to allow We Energies to issue bonds for $100 million of its investment in pollution controls at the Pleasant Prairie plant, which is expected to save ratepayers about $40 million while allowing the utility to recover its investment.
New technology and a growing acceptance of climate change have brought the nation to the cusp of an energy transformation. But who profits from it, and is there time?