An Associated Press story on WXOW-TV La Crosse:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The developers of a sweeping renewable energy bill say the measure positions Wisconsin well if the federal government restricts coal use.

Roy Thilly was co-chairman of Gov. Jim Doyle’s Global Warming Task Force, which developed recommendations that have become the basis for the bill. He tells lawmakers during a hearing the task force wanted to help the state to survive if carbon regulations come down from Washington. Wisconsin currently relies heavily on coal, a major source of greenhouse gases.

Thilly says the bill will eventually reduce utility bills because renewable sources will negate the need to build expensive new power plants.

Opponents say the bill will cost the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. Environmentalists have denied those claims.