From a presentation by Michael Vickerman, Program and Policy Director, titled Progress or Retreat? Constructing a Viable Policy Road Map for Renewables in Wisconsin at the MREA Energy Fair, Custer, WI, 5:00 pm, June 16: 

  • Climate change issue losing currency
  • Natural gas emerging as the new silver bullet.  100 years’ supply at rock bottom prices?–NOT!!!!
  • RE incentives have been rebranded as subsidies
  • Utilities groaning under excess generating capacity 
  • Revenue growth no longer a certainty 
  • Investment is passé – cost-cutting now the rage. 
    Consequently, utilities are backpedaling from renewables 

 See the full presentation here.