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Assembly puts off vote on renewable energy bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has delayed debate on a measure that would impose sweeping renewable energy mandates in Wisconsin.

The bill would mandate a quarter of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2025. Environmentalists say the bill will create thousands of jobs, result in cleaner air and save the state millions as dependency on oil and coal wanes. Some in the business industry counter the bill will drive up utility rates and cost thousands of jobs.

The bill was on the Assembly’s Tuesday calendar, but the body did not debate it or vote on it. Assembly leaders pushed it onto Thursday’s calendar, all but assuring the bill will die.

Thursday is the last day of the legislative session and the bill would have to clear both the Assembly and the Senate in one day, an unlikely scenario.

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