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PSC meets requirement to produce 10% of electricity using renewable energy

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin utilities have met their requirement to produce ten percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015.

The state Public Service Commission said Thursday that the power companies achieved the standard two years before they were supposed to, under state law.

According to the utilities' compliance reports, they generated almost 10.2 percent of their power with renewable sources last year -- much of it being wind turbines. Back in 2006, it was not even 4 percent.

PSC chairman Phil Montgomery said utilities are "well positioned" to keep meeting their production requirements for the forseeable future.

The agency predicts 11.5 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2016. And with the wind energy projects which are lined up, Montgomery says the utilities will probably keep meeting the 10 percent target through 2020.

This comes as the federal EPA ordered Wisconsin to reduce its emissions from coal burning power plants by 34 percent between now and 2030. Commissioner Eric Callisto says things like wind power add value as we enter in his words, "a carbon constrained regulated world."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)