Project Milwaukee: Power Switch

The Promise and Reality of Green Energy in Wisconsin
Listen to the Series: June 10 - 14, 2013

Green energy caught a spark decades ago - when fuel prices skyrocketed, smog blanketed cities and acid rain was detected in lakes. Since then, Wisconsin has sprouted alternative modes of powering everything from buildings to cars to parking meters. Yet most of our energy still comes from fossil fuels. WUWM will explore the growth of green energy in Wisconsin, in the Project Milwaukee: Power Switch series.

During Morning Edition and Lake Effect, WUWM News journalists and Lake Effect producers will examine the factors prompting interest in renewable energy, and how Wisconsin compares with the rest of the country.

Community Forum
On Monday, June 10 at Discovery World, WUWM's public forum featured perspectives from utilities, academia, environmentalists and policymakers. View a list of the panelists. The forum will air on Lake Effect Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m.

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Project Milwaukee
12:49 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Panelists Weigh in on Wisconsin's Green Energy Future - Will It Exist?

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich and panelists Gary Radloff and Deborah Erwin
Cynthia Hoffman

All week we’ve been airing a special series, Project Milwaukee: Power Switch, which has been exploring the promise and reality of green energy in Wisconsin.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

The Ups and Downs of the Ethanol Industry

Palmyra farmer Bob Oleson says ethanol has been a boon for Wisconsin’s corn growers
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

A few years back, some people in Wisconsin banked big time on corn.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Homeowners Plunge into Green Living

Nine solar panels on the front of Paula Papanek's Bay View home; three more toward the back

Homeowners have asked how they can reduce their carbon footprint. So we visited a few people who’ve taken a deep give into green living, and they shared their experiences.

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Project Milwaukee
7:17 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Designer: Green Building the Way of the Future

Retrofitting old homes to be more energy efficient can make homeowners better stewards of the energy they use.
Credit CERTs/Flickr

Green building is picking up energy.

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Project Milwaukee
11:32 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Dominican Nuns Work to Inspire Sustainable Living

Sister Janet Weyker strolls the Eco-Justice Center grounds. The greenhouse behind her was funded through a grant. That's how much of the center's renewable and green projects have come to life.

Sister Janet Weyker has more than a peripheral interest in renewable energy. The Racine Dominican nun runs a facility dedicated to “eco-justice”.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Forces Shaping The Green Energy Debate

Wind energy protest signs dot the countryside in Door County.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

Wisconsin has been a leader in some aspects of the green energy movement.

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Project Milwaukee
12:59 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Musician Sings the Blues Over Wind Farms

Jamie Lynn Fletcher is making a name as a musician, but also as an outspoken opponent of wind farms.
Credit courtesy Jamie Fletcher

Jamie Lynn Fletcher's voice is perhaps an unlikely addition to our Project Milwaukee series on clean energy.

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Project Milwaukee
11:39 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wisconsin Researchers Try to Clear a Solar Hurdle

As we’ve heard on our Project Milwaukee series this week, Wisconsin utilities are required to generate 10 percent of their electrical power by renewable sources – such biomass, wind – and solar.  That last source has been harnessed for decades.  But only recently have its costs come down enough to make wider-spread use more appealing. 

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Project Milwaukee
11:13 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Milwaukee Home to Green Energy Producers

Helios Solar Works runs two shifts at its facility built on the site of the former Milwaukee stockyards.

According to a national study, the solar and wind industries account for 12,000 jobs in Wisconsin, including hundreds in Milwaukee.

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Project Milwaukee
11:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Researcher: Eliminating Nuclear Power Won't Clean Wisconsin's Energy Use

The decommissioning process is underway for Wisconsin's Kewaunee nuclear power plant.
Credit WEP photo

The Doomsday Clock measures the likelihood the world will end from nuclear war, global warming or biosecurity problems. So, it might be ironic that many climate scientists think a key to protecting the planet … is nuclear energy. It’s a dichotomy that is getting a hard look from at least one Wisconsin researcher.

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