Project Milwaukee
3:58 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Expert: Wisconsin Lags Behind Other Midwestern States When It Comes to Sustainable Energy

George Stone speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

From solar power to wind energy to biomass, natural gas, and more – sustainable energy is in the Wisconsin portfolio.

Solar panel installation in Walworth County.
Credit Susan Bence

But, how large a slice of the pie does it represent? Where does Wisconsin fall in a national context? And, what are the factors that will determine what the future of green energy looks like in this state?

We’ll look at all of those questions this week during our Project Milwaukee: Power Switch series.

George Stone, a natural sciences instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College, shares an overview of sustainable energy with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

"This is one sector in which Wisconsin can undergo a significant amount of growth. We are back in the middle of the pack - we're trailing far behind where we ought to be in the development of renewable energy." - George Stone

Stone's comments come on the heels of a national report that also indicated Wisconsin - and the Milwaukee area - are in the middle of the pack, and trails many of its midwestern neighbors in developing its renewable energy resources. 

Stone is also a regular Lake Effect contributor and, most relevant to this series, the organizer of the annual Sustainability Summit in Milwaukee. The 2014 summit is scheduled for next March at what is currently known as the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee.