Wisconsin senate to vote on relaxing emission, renewable energy regulations

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate is poised to vote on a bill relaxing Wisconsin's sulfur dioxide emission regulations and reworking utilities' obligations to pay into the state's renewable energy program.

The bill, which already cleared the Assembly, would eliminate requirements that major utilities submit annual plans to state regulators for complying with sulfur dioxide emission goals.

It would also remove a requirement that if regulators believe emissions will exceed 325,000 tons annually, they must recommend whether legislators should adopt an enforceable limit.

Under the bill, utilities would also have to pay 1.2 percent of their retail sales into the state's renewable energy program, Focus on Energy, instead of the 1.2 percent of their operating revenues they currently pay.

The Senate was scheduled to vote on the bill in a session beginning Tuesday.

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