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Update

REAP 3.0: Expanding and Improving the Rural Energy for America Program for Climate Action

REAP has proven its worth, so the time has come to expand and support more ambitious farm energy efforts. With increased funding and policy improvements, REAP 3.0 can provide climate solutions and rural infrastructure investment.

4/1/21

Andy Olsen

Update

Support the Freedom to Fund Solar in Wisconsin

An important case on the future of solar power in Wisconsin is open for public comment at the Public Service Commission (PSCW). The PSCW decision will determine if utility monopolies have the power to stop the cost-saving – and completely legal – solar financing mechanism known as “third-party ownership.”

2/12/21

Andy Olsen

Update

Rolling in the REAP: Rural Energy Funding Renewed

The House Appropriations Committee passed its FY21 Agriculture Appropriations bill that includes full mandatory funding of $50 million for the Rural Energy for America Program, REAP.

7/21/20

Andy Olsen

Update

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.

6/24/20

Andy Olsen

Story

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

Compared to its neighbor Wisconsin, Minnesota has accomplished far more in renewable energy development as a result of more and better policies to fix broken energy markets.

9/16/19

Andy Olsen

Story

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.

7/9/19

Andy Olsen

Victory

Promoting Rural Communities in Clean Energy

ELPC recognized the need for a successful energy transition to include rural communities and took the lead in creating the first-ever Energy Title in the 2002 Farm Bill.

5/8/19

Andy Olsen

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