RENEW Wisconsin's Energy Summit Plans Policy Actions for 2013

Sessions will focus on policies and practices that advance jobs and economic development through in-state development of renewable energy.

Neither encouraged nor discouraged by state legislative election results, RENEW Wisconsin will hold its second annual energy policy summit to shape policy initiatives that will accommodate customer-driven renewable installations in 2013 and beyond.


Set for Friday, January 11, 2013 in Madison, RENEW Wisconsin's summit, called Powering Positive Action, aims to synthesize the ideas and aspirations of business leaders, elected officials, and clean energy advocates into an achievable policy agenda.

"This year a bipartisan legislative panel will outline their energy policy goals and identify specific initiatives that can move forward in the upcoming session," said Michael Vickerman, RENEW Wisconsin's Director of Policy and Programs.

Senator Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center), Representatives Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel), and Chris Schoenherr, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Administration, have agreed to take part in the legislative panel.

Other plenary sessions will focus on policies and practices that advance jobs and economic development through in-state development of renewable energy. One promising initiative vigorously promoted by RENEW, called Clean Energy Choice, would allow business and residential customers to directly access clean energy produced on their premises from third party-owned systems. "We would like policymakers to hear company representatives discuss the fit between on-site renewables and their ability to remain competitive in a period of great energy uncertainty," Vickerman said.

Over the lunch hour, RENEW will recognize a host of pioneering businesses that are advancing renewable energy use in Wisconsin.

"This year businesses and nonprofits took the reins of the renewable energy marketplace, and we wish to honor their outstanding achievements," Vickerman said.

Former Colorado governor Bill Ritter, will deliver the keynote address. During his two terms, Ritter championed several innovative policies that are now fueling one of the healthiest energy economies in the nation.

Registration details and other information about RENEW's 2013 Energy Policy Summit are posted at www.renewwisconsin.org.

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