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
3:58 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

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

Solar panel installation in Walworth County.
Credit Susan Bence

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.

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Project Milwaukee
6:56 am
Mon June 10, 2013

How Green Energy Sprouted in Wisconsin

Mark Klein is one of the founders of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.
S Bence

Green energy captured interest decades ago - yet it remains a polarizing topic. Debate continues churning around how much wind and sun should figure into our energy supply. Fossil fuels – gas and oil and coal, still dominate.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence kicks off our Project Milwaukee: Power Switch series by exploring the “birth” of the renewable movement in Wisconsin. She unearthed some of its passion and serendipity – on a road trip to rural Portage County.

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Project Milwaukee
1:01 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Power Switch: Series will Explore State of Green Energy in Wisconsin

Reports examine green power's growth here and potential. We visit energy producers and users, capturing strong opinions.

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