Energy Policy

WGF analyses and statements on energy policy in Wisconsin, including generation, distribution, energy sources, and efficiencies. This work is developed by the Energy Policy Work Group, and is closely allied with our Climate Change work.

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On July 1st, 2020 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a public hearing on a Waterway and Wetland Permit Application from Enbridge Energy for their proposed re-route of portions of their Line 5 oil pipeline which currently runs through the Bad River Indian Reservation in Ashland and Iron Counties.  Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) has …

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Impacts to Tribal Rights and Resources from Oil Pipeline Construction in Wisconsin is a 2 – page guide developed by Wisconsin’s Green Fire and Midwest Environmental Advocates. Tribal nations and members in Wisconsin have rights and concerns distinct from non-tribal people. A Guide to Local Government Regulation describes actions local governments can and cannot take in response to oil pipelines in their communities.

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Title slide for May 21 2020 Webinar

May 21, 2020 WGF Policy Forum Webinar

Wisconsin’s Green Fire members Gary Radloff and Kerry Beheler interviewed a panel of energy experts to discuss the business case for renewable energy, the creation and benefits of local energy districts, and the politics of energy in Wisconsin. How can we move Wisconsin energy policy to keep pace with changes in systems and technology? What can we learn from efforts in other states? What are the areas of common ground across the political spectrum for energy policy? Panelists are Scott Coenen, Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum; Camille Kadoch, Regulatory Assistance Project; and Richard Cates, Iowa County Energy District.

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Rob Lee, Midwest Environmental Advocates, together with Nancy Larson and Tom Jerow of Wisconsin’s Green Fire, discuss regulations that pertain to oil pipelines in Wisconsin. The two organizations have developed a series of guides available at


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The urgent need to respond to our changing climate – whether reducing carbon levels in the atmosphere and mitigating impacts of global warming, or adapting to extreme weather events we’re already experiencing – should be discussed and debated in terms of the other significant benefits those actions will achieve.
Trumpeting such co-benefits, from improved public health to a cleaner and sustainable environment, could boost public support for climate change responses and increase the chances those steps will be taken by the state and local governments, as well as businesses and property owners.
Those were among the views expressed by participants at a Jan. 15 briefing on the Climate Fast Forward report released by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.

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