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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

 12:25 PM 

Plale: CEJA cost too high

Sen. Jeff Plale, a co-chair of the select committee on the "Clean Energy Jobs Act" legislation, said today that the Senate isn't blocking the bill, the price tag is.

"The problem with the bill isn't Russ Decker or Jeff Plale. The problem with the bill is it's expensive," said Plale, who was one of four legislators who tried to come up with an energy policy bill that could pass both houses.

"There are a lot of people in this caucus who have concerns about what it will do to rates," Plale said.

Rep. Spencer Black, who is a co-chair of the Assembly select committee, said earlier this morning that he believes he has the votes in that house to pass the bill, saying "the problem is unquestionably in the Senate."

Black further said that Plale would not agree to a meeting of the Senate select committee to vote on the bill. The Assembly committee passed the bill last week on a 6-3 party line vote, and the bill is available for a vote today in that chamber.

Plale would not say the legislation is dead.

"It depends on what happens today (in the Assembly," he said.


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At April 20, 2010 at 1:49 PM, Blogger Ed Blume said...

PSC Study: Amended Clean Energy Jobs Act even better for state

Act Will Save Wisconsin Utility Customers at Least $1.2 Billion

The Public Service Commission (PSC) released a study today finding that the Clean Energy Jobs Act substitute amendment will save Wisconsin electricity customers at least $1.2 billion over the next 15 years, and could save Wisconsin electricity customers up to $6.4 billion over that period, compared to the business as usual approach. The study is based on the energy cost savings of provisions included in the Clean Energy Jobs Act substitute amendment released on Wednesday.

“The PSC study confirms that the Clean Energy Jobs Act will save Wisconsin residents and businesses money,” said Vicky Lipinski of Procorp Enterprises, a water and wastewater treatment solution company in Milwaukee. “Sustainable energy solutions reduce costs for businesses and allow them to be more competitive and create jobs.”

The study finds that average customer electricity bills will be lower in 2015 and 2020 under all scenarios with the Clean Energy Jobs Act compared to the business as usual approach. These savings will be realized by customers even without any federal carbon regulation. When modest federal carbon regulation is assumed, the cost savings of the Clean Energy Jobs Act are even greater.

From a news release issued by the Advocates for Renewable Energy, a coalition of organizations, including RENEW Wisconsin. Follow the link to the full release -- http://renewwisconsinblog.org/2010/04/19/utilities-and-businesses-urge-passage-of-clean-energy-jobs-act/

 

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