2005 - 2006 LEGISLATURE
March 10, 2005 - Introduced by Senators Miller, Erpenbach, Lassa, Wirch, Risser
and Coggs, cosponsored by Representatives Pope-Roberts, Boyle, Berceau,
Pocan, Parisi, Black, Molepske, Seidel, Zepnick and Lehman. Referred to
Committee on Energy, Utilities and Information Technology.
1An Act to amend
196.378 (3) (a); and to create
196.378 (2) (a) 7. of the statutes; 2relating to: renewable resource requirements for electric utilities and
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, electric utilities and cooperatives must comply with
deadlines for providing electricity derived from renewable resources to their
customers and members in specified percentages of their total retail electric sales.
The percentages and deadlines are as follows: 1.2 percent by December 31, 2005;
1.55 percent by December 31, 2007; 1.9 percent by December 31, 2009; and 2.2
percent by December 31, 2011. The percentages may be satisfied by providing
electricity derived from renewable resources directly to customers and members or
by purchasing renewable resource credits from other electric utilities and
This bill creates an additional deadline. Under this bill, by December 31, 2016,
15 percent of an electric utility's or cooperative's retail electric sales must be derived
from renewable resources. As under current law, electric utilities and cooperatives
may satisfy percentage requirements by providing electricity derived from
renewable resources directly to its customers and members or by purchasing
renewable resource credits from another electric utility or cooperative.
For further information see the local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB110, s. 1
196.378 (2) (a) 7. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 7. By December 31, 2016, 15 percent.
SB110, s. 2
196.378 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) An electric provider that provides total renewable energy to its 5
retail electric customers or members in excess of the percentages specified in sub. (2) 6
(a) 1. to 6. 7.
may, in the applicable year, sell to any other electric provider a renewable 7
resource credit or a portion of a renewable resource credit at any negotiated price. 8
Alternatively, an electric provider may use a renewable resource credit or portion of 9
a renewable resource credit in a subsequent year to establish compliance with sub. 10
(2) (a). The commission shall promulgate rules that establish requirements for the 11
use of a renewable resource credit, including calculating the amount of a renewable 12