WisBusiness: State task force backs 75 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050


The Governor’s Global Warming Task Force today finalized recommendations aimed at cutting Wisconsin’s greenhouse gas emissions and developing a clean energy economy, according to multiple sources.

The proposals include a three- to four-fold increase in Wisconsin’s investment in energy efficiency; a renewable portfolio standard requiring utilities to produce 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2013 and 25 percent by 2025; a 75 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2050; and the implementation of a clean cars standard.

The group also recommended modifying Wisconsin’s nuclear moratorium law to ensure that any nuclear plant must meet stringent waste disposal standards.

A spokeswoman for the state Public Service Commission confirmed the action and said the agency would put out an official statement this afternoon.

Clean Wisconsin, the state’s largest environmental organization, voted in favor of the final recommendations but vowed to push for stronger reform.