Wisconsin Looks to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Published on August 22nd, 2008

WisconsinWisconsin’s Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming has recommended that the state achieve 2005 levels by 2014; reduce emissions by 22% from 2005 levels by 2022 (someone one day will have to explain to me the fascination with number alliteration); and finally, it calls for 75% reductions from 2005 levels by 2050.

The task force has also recommended a two-pronged approach, adopting state level support for either a federal or state-level cap and trade program, as well as a series of policy recommendations for several important state industry sectors:

  1. Energy Sector
  2. Transportation Sector
  3. Agriculture and Forestry Sectors
  4. Industry Sector
  5. Waste Sector

The task force “strongly prefers a broad-based, multi-sector, mandatory federal Cap and Trade Program that is fair to Wisconsin and recommends that the state actively participate in designing such a program”. It also goes on to recommend that Wisconsin participate in the MidWestern Governor’s Association’s work on a regional cap and trade program. Most interestingly, the report ends off by saying that regardless if there is a national or regional cap and trade program, recommends a unique design for the Cap and Trade Program during a transition period to mitigate what may be substantial initial costs for regulated utilities and their customers and large industry as a result of uncertain GHG emission allowance prices, particularly while low-carbon technologies are under development.

Some of the more radical policy recommendations proposed include:

  • Removing economic disincentives for utilities to aggressively promote and invest in conservation and efficiency measures;
  • Promoting water conservation to reduce water utilities electrical bills;
  • Setting a goal of 25% of electricity being from renewable sources by 2025;
  • Modifying the existing moratorium on nuclear power plants to allow that option to be considered in the future;
  • Adopting California standards for auto and light truck GHG emissions; and
  • Increasing the use of anaerobic digesters to produce biogas/methane from animal manure through subsidies or tax credits.

So, who’s the first to comment with a cow manure joke?

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About the Author

Amiel is the founder of the Globalis Group, an organization whose motto is "combining action and thought for a sustainable world." His experience includes working with the Canadian government on greenspace projects, sustainable development programs and on policy documents on issues as diverse as climate change, sustainable development, and the environmental and social impacts of transportation. He is listed on the UN’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory’s list of GHG experts, and has sat on the Canadian Environmental Certifications Board’s Greenhouse Gas Verification and Validation Certification committee.

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