Wisconsin recognizes Manitoba Hydro power as a renewable source
Under Assembly Bill 146 and Wisconsin's renewable portfolio standard, 10 per cent of electricity must come from renewable sources by 2015.
The Bill was not without opposition. Critics said it was another blow to the state's struggling wind power industry.
June 10, 2011
in Winnipeg Free Press
The Wisconsin legislature voted Wednesday to recognize new Manitoba Hydro power as a renewable source, Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk said in a statement today.
The passing of Assembly Bill 146 requires Manitoba Hydro to follow strict environmental conditions to not only maintain the designation, but to export power to Wisconsin. The only Hydro dam that qualifies for the designation is the new $1.3 billion Wuskwatim generating project on the Burntwood River about 45 kilometres southwest of Thompson. It's scheduled to switch on early next year.
"With Wisconsin taking this step, it shows they too see our hydro as the clean, green, premium... [continue via Web link]