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Monday, April 1, 2019

Nemet offers insights into state solar projects

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La Follette School Professor Greg Nemet discussed the intersection of solar energy and society on Wisconsin Public Television’s Noon Wednesday segment of Here & Now on March 20.

“We are hitting a tipping point, in terms companies that are trying to be good stewards but also have to represent their shareholders and earn profits,” said Nemet. “They are seeing solar as a way to meet those objectives not just the environmental one.”

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) is reviewing proposals for two large solar energy projects – one in Iowa County and another near Two Rivers. The PSC is an independent regulatory agency that helps ensure fair pricing for utility services to customers and utility investors. PSC approval is required before utilities can change rates, build large power plants, or construct major transmission lines.

“What the Public Service Commission decides on these two projects could lay the groundwork for what would be allowed or encouraged or supported in the other couple dozen projects that are likely to come,” said Nemet, whose first book, How Solar Energy Became Cheap: A Model for Low-Carbon Innovation, is expected to be published this summer.