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
10:34 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Private-Public Partnerships Key to Future of Clean Energy

This map shows the percentage of clean energy jobs among states' overall economies.
Credit Pew Charitable Trusts, 2009

Abdur Chowdhury speaks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

What will determine which forms of clean energy - if any - take off in the future economy, and which will be relegated to the dust bin of once-promising ideas?

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Project Milwaukee
10:45 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Clean Energy Gets a Mixed Reception From State Legislatures

Inside Wisconsin's State Capitol building.
Credit bcdixit, Flickr

Reporter Maria Gallucci speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

As we've heard on our Project Milwaukee: Power Switch coverage, Wisconsin utilities are required to generate ten percent of their electricity from sustainable sources, such as solar, wind, or biomass.  They're standards that were created by the state legislature.

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Project Milwaukee
10:09 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Understanding Wisconsin's Renewable Energy Standards

Blount Generating Station in Madison, WI.
Credit Michael Leland, Flickr

The Public Service Commission's Bob Norcross talks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

The regulatory body in Wisconsin charged with making sure utilities are meeting the state's sustainability mandate is the Public Service Commission.  

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Project Milwaukee
8:42 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wisconsin's Power Grid

The Oak Creek coal plant is one of the last to come online in the U.S.

The majority of energy the U.S. produces comes from coal. The same holds true for Wisconsin. However, natural gas has been gaining, because producers have found a cheaper way to extract it, using sand.

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Project Milwaukee
4:17 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Expert: The Market Will Dictate What Renewable Energy Source Has The Most Promise

Todd Myers says the Toyota Prius is the perfect example of how the free market can help drive environmental decision-making.
Credit greekgeek, Flickr

Listen to Mitch Teich's interview with Todd Myers.

What is green energy's potential? It’s a question that’s being asked on a national scale - especially in the wake of some highly publicized missteps, such as the failure of the solar company Solyndra, which had significant funding from federal sources.

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