Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

The Clean Power Plan has real costs for Wisconsin


President Barack Obama fiddles in Paris while his EPA attempts to burn Wisconsin’s economy. Over at the MacIver Institute, I comment on the testimony from WE Energies at a Senate hearing chaired by Senator Ron Johnson on the Clean Power Plan. We may not be sure of all of the numbers yet but we know that Wisconsinites are going to pay for Obama’s Climate Change agenda.

Bruce Ramme, the Vice President of Environmental for WEC Energy Group, reminded the committee that Wisconsin generates 60% of its power from coal. That means to comply with the new regulations, Wisconsin’s energy producers will have to spend more than other states’ utilities to bring the state into compliance.

It gets worse. Fans of the renewable energy mandates under former Governor Jim Doyle didn’t mind the expense because, they told us, the mandates would make it easier to meet future environmental regulations. They were wrong.

The base year for measuring reduced emissions under the Clean Power Plan is 2012. That means, according to Ramme, WE Energies will not get any credit for the over $12 billion in improvements made since 2003. If WE Energies had not bought three wind farms and a biomass energy plant, it would actually be easier to meet the carbon emissions standards now.

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