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We Energies drops request for wind power spending

Citing a weakened economy and the prospect of new regulations for renewable energy, We Energies of Milwaukee has withdrawn its request to spend up to $69 million to coordinate construction of wind power projects to meet a state mandate. ..."In the months since the filing, economic conditions in the United States and Wisconsin have changed dramatically, and the potential for additional state legislation and for federal renewable legislation is coming into focus," the utility says in a letter to the PSC.

Citing a weakened economy and the prospect of new regulations for renewable energy, We Energies of Milwaukee has withdrawn its request to spend up to $69 million to coordinate construction of wind power projects to meet a state mandate.

The request was made to the state Public Service Commission in November.

"In the months since the filing, economic conditions in the United States and Wisconsin have changed dramatically, and the potential for additional state legislation and for federal renewable legislation is coming into focus," the utility says in a letter to the PSC.

The company said it remains committed to renewable energy but must "re-evaluate its approach" to adding renewable generation. The company plans to make a new proposal to the PSC "once the timing and direction of state and federal legislation becomes clearer."

We Energies has joined a statewide business coalition formed to support legislation that would expand the state's use of renewable energy, relax the state's ban on nuclear power plants and make other changes designed to reduce the state's emissions of carbon dioxide.

That group, named Clean, Responsible Energy for Wisconsin's Economy, made its debut today. The coalition, led by... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Citing a weakened economy and the prospect of new regulations for renewable energy, We Energies of Milwaukee has withdrawn its request to spend up to $69 million to coordinate construction of wind power projects to meet a state mandate.

The request was made to the state Public Service Commission in November.

"In the months since the filing, economic conditions in the United States and Wisconsin have changed dramatically, and the potential for additional state legislation and for federal renewable legislation is coming into focus," the utility says in a letter to the PSC.

The company said it remains committed to renewable energy but must "re-evaluate its approach" to adding renewable generation. The company plans to make a new proposal to the PSC "once the timing and direction of state and federal legislation becomes clearer."

We Energies has joined a statewide business coalition formed to support legislation that would expand the state's use of renewable energy, relax the state's ban on nuclear power plants and make other changes designed to reduce the state's emissions of carbon dioxide.

That group, named Clean, Responsible Energy for Wisconsin's Economy, made its debut today. The coalition, led by former PSC Chairman Dan Ebert, plans to lobby in support of legislation expected to be proposed by Gov. Jim Doyle. But other business groups are expected to oppose the legislation, including Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the Wisconsin Paper Council and the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group.

"Large manufacturers have strong concerns over rising energy costs," said Todd Stuart of Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group. "We would hope this new coalition would at least be pressing for the cost containment measures in the Task Force package or preferably even stronger cost containment measures."

We Energies remains committed to renewable energy, utility spokesman Barry McNulty said, including its proposed Glacier Hills Wind Park in Columbia County, at a cost of up to $530 million, and its previous commitments to expand solar and biogas generation.

The renewables request had included an offer by We Energies to contribute $3 million toward a feasibility study of erecting wind turbines in Lake Michigan. The utility's $3 million offer still stands, McNulty said.


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JAN 22 2009
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