PSC Opens Interconnection Rules Investigation — Now seeking comments

by Don Wichert

As part of a US DOE Sunshot grant, MREA subcontracted with RENEW to investigate whether Wisconsin’s interconnection rules were up-to-date or needed amending.

RENEW led a team that conducted an installer interconnection survey, assessed Wisconsin’s current interconnection rules, compared Wisconsin’s rules to national best practices,  and had 6 meetings with an interconnection workgroup to consider all relevant information and make recommendations, if warranted.
RENEW petitioned the PSC to open a docket to amend 10 specific items in the current rules that are out-of-date and need to be streamlined to reduce the time and lower the cost of interconnection (
The PSC is now conducting an investigation to get stakeholder input on the need to open an interconnection rules amendment  docket.  Comments are due by Monday, June 17, at noon.
It is very important that members of the renewable energy supply chain businesses and other stakeholders urge the PSC to open a docket on this topic.   These comments have to be filed as described in the linked PDF or here:
ALL filed documents related to docket can be found in WI Public Service Commission’s Electronic Regulatory Filing (ERF) system by following these simple steps.
  1. Go to Search ERF @
  2. Type in docket number 5-gf-233 in docket search box and then click on {GO} button.
These rules only get evaluated about every ten years or so.   If you ever had an issue with interconnection or would like to see the process get easier, faster, and cheaper without reducing safety, now is the time to make your comments heard.
Please let us know if RENEW can be of additional assistance in submitting comments.
RENEW Wisconsin’s New Executive Director Announced

RENEW Wisconsin’s New Executive Director Announced

RENEW Wisconsin’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tyler Huebner has been chosen to be RENEW’s Executive Director, beginning June 1.

Tyler comes to RENEW with a rich background in clean energy, government, and nonprofit organizations. He worked for the State of Wisconsin (Division of Energy Services) and the U.S. Department of Energy (Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Division) managing initiatives within the Weatherization Assistance Program. Tyler was also a consultant for ICF International and a Facilities Management Engineer for the University of Iowa, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He holds a Master’s degree from Stanford University in Civil and
Environmental Engineering.

“Tyler brings an enthusiastic attitude and a unique ability to work with other stakeholders. He clearly sees both the challenges and opportunities related to leading a renewable energy policy organization in Wisconsin today,” said Jenny Heinzen, RENEW’s Board President.

Aside from his busy working life, Tyler and his wife Heather are new parents with the birth of their first child, Emma born in April. They reside in Madison.

Over-Reliance on Fossil Fuels, Regulatory Uncertainty Hurting Wisconsin’s Economy

Gary Radloff, director of Midwest policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Energy Institute released a report  “How to Keep Wisconsin and the U.S. Competitive in a Changing Energy World.” Check out the article below and read the report!

Report: Wisconsin needs an energy plan to stay competitive

A new report warns that Wisconsin’s economic competitiveness could be at risk if the state doesn’t diversify its electricity sources. 

The Badger State is already burdened by the second highest electricity prices in the Midwest, with only Michigan customers paying more on average.


Plans outlined for New Chester Dairy manure digester

Good news out of Adams County…

Plans outlined for New Chester Dairy manure digester – The Country Today: Dairy
NEW CHESTER — Plans for a $25 million anaerobic digester project that will process dairy manure, chicken offal and other food waste products from businesses in Adams and Marquette counties was outlined April 4 during a media event at the Milk Source New Chester Dairy.