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Ken Harwood
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WEC Energy CEO Leverett suffers stroke

Allen Leverett, chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group, has suffered an apparent stroke, the company announced in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Leverett is in the hospital and receiving medical treatment, the company said. Gale Klappa was appointed interim CEO today, until Leverett can recover and resume his role....


Ken Notes: We wish to extend our sincere condolences and best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

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League of Women Voters Presents a Public Program on Wisconsin’s Changing Environmental Laws & Regulations on November 11

Milwaukee – The Natural Resources Committee of the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County will present a program on Wisconsin’s changing environmental laws and regulations on Saturday, November 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (gathering time begins at 10:00 a.m.). This free public program will be held at the Shorewood Village Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave. (ground-level meeting room below the library).

The program features two presentations:

“The Perfect Storm” by George Meyer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation; Past Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

“The Role of Citizens in Protecting Wisconsin’s Natural Heritage” by Kimberlee Wright, Executive Director, Midwest Environmental Advocates...

For more information, visit: www.lwvmilwaukee.org...   ...more

Ken Notes: Put this on your calendar. This will make for great articles, interviews, and other press...

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Eau Claire Gets National Recognition For Solar Efforts

A Nonprofit Backed By The US Department Of Energy Applauds City For Making Solar Transition Easier For Homeowners

A nonprofit organization called SOLSMART, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Eau Claire with its top honor for easing the transition to solar power for homeowners.

SOLSMART is a group that encourages municipalities to reduce what it calls "soft costs" associated with the installation of solar panels and related infrastructure on peoples` property. For Eau Claire, Associate Planner Ned Noel said that meant getting the city council to enact solar specific rules that weren’t on the books prior to 2015.

"The ordinance really clarifies expectations for development of solar, whether it’s on a rooftop or on the ground," said Noel. “"t also is very solar friendly from the point of view that there’s not a lot of cumbersome ordinances or special permits that are needed."..


Ken Notes: Congrats.

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Wisconsin mining bill authors argue economy, environment don`t have to compete

Economic gains can be made without jeopardizing Wisconsin`s environment, the authors of a bill that would promote mining activity in the state argued on Friday. 

But conservation groups and tribal leaders said the legislation would put Wisconsin`s long-term environmental integrity at risk in exchange for short-term profits.

"I believe there’s room for all. It’s a big state. We can do all these things and we can do them safely without intruding on each other," said Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst. "I know that we can do this safely."...


Ken Notes: If we can do this safely we need bipartisan consideration and DNR support. This is not how we are going about it.

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SunPeak is a turnkey developer of commercial solar PV electricity systems based in Madison, Wisconsin. Businesses can be assured their turnkey project will be professionally handled from initial feasibility study to final commissioning. Projects typically range from 100 kW to 5 MW (hundreds to thousands of solar panels) and offer significant cost savings relative to conventional utility electric rates.

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Foxconn Project Creating Interest And Concern In Great Lakes Basin
Great Lakes Mayors Urging No Weakening Of Environmental Protections

A group representing mayors from around the Great Lakes says it`s concerned about exemptions from environmental regulations being given by Wisconsin for the large Foxconn electronics factory planned for Racine County.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative represents about 170 mayors. Initiative President John Dickert says the proposed Foxconn plant could mean thousands of jobs. But Dickert recently told a forum at the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference that if environmental regulations are compromised, other companies will come to the Great Lakes region seeking exemptions and access to resources, like large amounts of water....


Ken Notes: Again I HOPE this is about process not about actual protections. I actually think this is the case because Foxconn does not have their head in the sand regarding the potential for a legislative shift in the future. If they do we are all in trouble.

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Going full Doomsday: Reporters must convey the perils of climate change without paralyzing their audience

According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Americans fall into six groups when it comes to climate change: alarmed, concerned, cautious, disengaged, doubtful, and dismissive.

I would add a seventh category: panicked. That’s me. I’m a science journalist, so I understand and accept the problem. But I when I read articles about global warming, my anxiety soars. I have to disengage. I check Facebook for puppy videos...


Ken Notes: And then there is my idea --- CHANGE THE DEBATE, eliminate global warming and long term effects from the discussion and start talking about the benefits of clean air and water now. Show the effects of controls in the 70`s on the Great Lakes and rivers. Contrast the US, China, Mexico and India. Talk about the fact if we clean up production elsewhere we return manufacturing to the US. There is lots to talk about that is not subject to denial.

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Kronenwetter high school installs solar energy system

KRONENWETTER, WIS. (WSAW) Northland Lutheran High School in Kronenwetter is seeing the light and learning from it.

The school became the 56th member Monday of the Wisconsin Public Service SolarWise for Schools program. School leaders and WPS representatives unveiled a new three-kilowatt solar energy system. The system was donated by the SolarWise for Schools program which is funded through voluntary donations to the WPS Community Foundation.

The program, in it`s 22nd year, allows students to learn about renewable energy through hands-on lessons.


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Miron Construction

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Judge throws out well permits while ordering Wisconsin DNR to consider impacts of heavy water use

A  Dane County judge ruled this week that the Department of Natural Resources must take into account the cumulative impacts of high-capacity wells on other water resources in cases where she invalidated seven permits approved by the agency last year.

In a closely watched case, the judge said Wednesday the DNR had ample authority to set limits on well applications to protect drinking water supplies and lakes and streams that might be imperiled by heavy water use...


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Long-range plan addresses Wisconsin`s future wastewater needs

MADISON, WIS, OCT 16, 2017 -- A plan to manage the region`s wastewater through 2040 will advance to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources following a hearing and public comment period organized by Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and concurrence by the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission.

The district`s proposed liquid processing facilities plan focuses on future needs of the district and opportunities related to the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant liquid treatment processes. The facilities plan addresses the need for increased capacity, resiliency and flexibility to manage peak flows...


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Wisconsin affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council

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WGBA has combined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and together we will pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement...

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OPINION: Loss of bipartisanship on environment hurts Wisconsin

Wisconsin has a rich heritage of conservation. From the Native American tribes who inhabited this land for generations, to John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Warren Knowles and Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin has been a national leader in protecting our land, water and air. The Public Trust Doctrine, enshrined in our state constitution, guarantees that the waters of Wisconsin belong to the people of Wisconsin....


Ken Notes: True BUT, we are still pointing fingers and blaming others. While under more liberal control the administrative and DNR did nothing to build bridges...

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Renewable energy jobs up 16 percent in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A nonprofit study shows renewable energy jobs in Minnesota grew by 16 percent from 2015 to 2016.

The research by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota says there are about 6,200 jobs in the state in renewable energy, most in solar or wind power.

Some traditional energy sectors, such as coal mining, have seen an exodus of jobs. In Minnesota, six coal-fired generators are set to close over the next decade. The coal plants are a major emitter of greenhouse gases...


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OPINION: What happened to Wisconsin`s environmental heritage?

Wisconsin has a rich heritage of conservation. From the Native American Tribes who inhabited this land for generations, to John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Warren Knowles and Gaylord Nelson – Wisconsin has been a national leader in protecting our land, water and air. The public trust doctrine, enshrined in our state constitution, guarantees that the waters of Wisconsin belong to the people of Wisconsin.

There was a time when this was a shared ethic amongst Democrats and Republicans. Our greatest environmental achievements have always been accomplished together, working toward the goal of making a better Wisconsin for our children and grandchildren...


Ken Notes: Again true but one sided.

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$2 Million in Cash Grants from WI`s Focus On Energy Announced for Commercial Solar
Applications for the ~$2 million in solar grants available from Focus On Energy (FOE) are due Oct.13, 2017.

FOE`s new solar funding can greatly improve project financials, and may be combined with the existing 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and accelerated depreciation tax benefits.

Cumulatively, these incentives can now cover upwards of 60% of a solar project`s costs.

Commercial solar electric systems installed in 2017 or 2018 are eligible for these cash grants through a competitive bidding process.

As full grant parameters are complex, SunPeak is offering free grant writing and submission services for committed customers.

Commitments must be secured by Sept. 22, 2017 to ensure adequate time for grant compilation.

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Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

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The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability.

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Why is the grass greener? Sports-field experiment to reveal results on Oct. 19 in Stoughton

The results of an unusual, real world experiment on four methods for managing sports fields will be shown to the public on Oct. 19.

The experiment has run for three years on four baseball diamonds at Racetrack Park in Stoughton.

The experiment’s designer, Doug Soldat, a professor of soil science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, explains that the project “arose from a really common issue. There are different opinions on the acceptable amount of maintenance for sports fields and turf in general, particularly around the use of pesticide and sometimes of fertilizers.”...


Ken Notes: This is good info!

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Links we like supporting Wisconsin`s Environment and Business. More will follow each week...

USGBC Wisconsin
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The Water Council

WI Sustainable Business Council

Sustain Dane

Midwest Energy

Focus on Energy

Renew Wisconsin

Clean Wisconsin


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Natural Heritage
Land Trust

University of Wisconsin Sustainable Management

USGBC Wisconsin

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Yet Another Environmental Disaster-in-Waiting

Thoughts and prayers for the salmon—and for us.

...First, in Wisconsin, the state legislature, which is chock-full of extraction industry sublets, is about to pass something called the Industrial Acid Mining Bill, which is every bit as horrible as its name implies. This bill would effectively eliminate Wisconsin`s beloved "Prove It First" law by which companies wishing to open mines in Wisconsin have to demonstrate that they`ve managed to open and close a sulfide mine for 10 years without leaching acid into the groundwater and surface water. The new bill—sponsored by, I swear to god, a state legislator named Tom Tiffany—would do away with Prove It First....


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Report identifies 2.6 gigawatts of ‘uneconomic’ coal plants in Midwest

In a report released today, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) identifies 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of coal capacity across six Midwest states considered uneconomic compared to cleaner alternatives, raising the possibility that some of those plants may close in coming years.

Nationwide, the report found that 21 percent of the coal-fired generation capacity in 2016 is currently deemed uneconomic, while an additional 18 percent of national coal-fired capacity is covered by announcements of closure or conversion to natural gas...


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R.A. Smith National

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Our ecological staff provides needed information to clients, enabling them to make informed decisions about their land use planning efforts and site development decisions. Our goal is to facilitate our clients’ project needs without compromising the important values that natural resources provide to the community.

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