Author Profile: Andy Olsen

Andy Olsen

Andy Olsen is a Senior Policy Advocate in ELPC’s Madison, WI, office working on policy advocacy and constituency building for ELPC’s Farm Energy Project.  Mr. Olsen previously managed the Governor’s Alternative Fuels Task Force and led several collaborative renewable energy efforts in Wisconsin.  He served as a Dane County Supervisor and Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commissioner, and as RENEW Wisconsin’s Board President.

Blog Posts by Andy Olsen

Rolling in the REAP: Rural Energy Funding Renewed

The House of Representatives is quickly working its way through bills to fund the federal government for next year. These are BIG bills, but in these BIG bills are individual programs that bring important resources to people and places. One such program is the Rural Energy for America Program – REAP – which helps farmers

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Cutting Corners to Rush Logging Will Harm Northwoods

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) encompasses some of the highest quality ecological systems and habitats in northern Wisconsin. This treasured piece of our natural heritage is home to endangered species and a vibrant recreation economy, but today it is facing a grave threat. The Fourmile logging project would log 12,000 acres east of Eagle River, including

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Calling on Congress to Fund the Rural Energy for America Program

The ELPC Farm Team led a national letter to House and Senate appropriators seeking full funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), including full discretionary funding. REAP has provided grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers for nearly 18,000 projects in every state (2003-2019). In all that time, ELPC has fought to keep

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A Tale of Two States: Minnesota’s Clean Energy Policies Outpace Wisconsin’s

A retired friend who uses solar power suggested that ELPC do a study comparing Wisconsin and Minnesota on renewable energy policies and accomplishments. We expected to see a difference between Wisconsin and Minnesota’s policies, but the findings were still shocking. Minnesota has accomplished far more in renewable energy development as a result of more and better policies to fix

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Rural Electric Co-Ops Bring Solar Energy, Butterflies, and Resilience to the Midwest

Rural electric cooperatives supply power to 1 in 8 Americans, providing expansive rural areas with important connections to the energy grid. In recent years, many co-ops have increasingly adopted solar power. Not only is this renewable energy good for the environment, but it’s good for rural communities who get clean local energy at affordable prices.

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