MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Jim Doyle says concerns over the costs of a bill setting new renewable energy mandates in Wisconsin are “not true.”
Doyle said Tuesday that the bill up for a vote in the Assembly would actually lower costs for electric rate payers and create jobs. His comments came after he spoke at an event honoring the upcoming Earth Day.
Concerns over possible rate hikes have been floated by businesses opposed to the bill and Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker. The bill must pass both the Assembly and Senate before it would get to Doyle.
Doyle said the more energy that can be produced in Wisconsin would lower the amount being spent on petroleum, coal and natural gas purchased from outside the state.
He said this is a critical time and the bill must pass.