Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CST
Partly Cloudy
Temperature
34°F
Dew Point
33°F
Humidity
96%
Wind
ESE at 8 mph
Barometer
29.88 in. F
Visibility
3.00 mi.
Sunrise
07:29 a.m.
Sunset
04:22 p.m.
Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 32 to 35 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 10 miles per hour from the southeast. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Monday
37°F / 32°F
Light Rain/Snow
Tuesday
36°F / 31°F
Light Rain/Snow
Wednesday
33°F / 22°F
Mostly Cloudy
Thursday
31°F / 22°F
Mostly Cloudy
Friday
33°F / 28°F
Mostly Cloudy
Saturday
29°F / 6°F
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
19°F / 6°F
Mostly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CST
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 37 to a low of 32 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 10 and 17 miles per hour from the east. 0.26 inches of rain are expected. Less than 1 inch of snow is possible.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 37 to 32 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 12 miles per hour from the east. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch is predicted.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 32 to 34 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 12 miles per hour from the east. Rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are predicted. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch is predicted.
Overnight ...Temperatures will remain steady at 34 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 11 and 17 miles per hour from the northeast. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected.
Tuesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 36 to a low of 31 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 8 and 19 miles per hour from the northnorthwest. 0.23 inches of rain are expected. 1.00 inch of snow is expected.

Law clarification could

provide benefit to farmers

Jan. 17, 2013 | 0 comments

A commentary by Scott Karel, Government Relations Associate for Wisconsin Farmers Union.

Wisconsin citizens currently only have two ways to purchase energy for their homes or businesses: either they buy it from the local electric utility, or they pay to have their own alternative energy sources installed on their property.

This effectively gives utility companies a monopoly because most people don't have the disposable income to install such devices on their own.

However, with a little help from state legislators, Wisconsin residents could benefit from more competition in this market while at the same time producing green energy for their own personal consumption.

Third-party owned renewable energy systems have become an effective method to promote the growth and production of green energy at no additional cost to ratepayers or taxpayers.

This system, known as "clean energy choice," allows a third-party to enter into a contract with a farmer, homeowner, or business to lease their roof space.

In return, the third-party company will install, operate, and maintain, at no cost to the landowner, a solar panel, manure digester, wind turbine, or other renewable energy system on their property. The energy from these systems either passes directly to the customer, or is sold to the local utility.

Clean energy choice systems are a benefit to all Wisconsin residents for a variety of reasons.

For the customers who enter into these agreements, they are able to lock in their utility rates at fixed amount for the length of the contract, which is typically anywhere from 10-20 years.

A fixed energy rate is one of the main reasons that Kohl's Department Stores chose to install solar panels on around 100 of their stores that are located in states that expressly allow third-party ownership of renewable energy systems.

Clean energy choice also creates more competition in the energy market and promotes renewable energy without using government subsidies.

Finally, allowing third-party energy agreements will support the state's economy by creating more business for the estimated 135 companies in Wisconsin who participate in the solar market.

Currently, laws in over 20 states including Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio specifically allow third-party sale of renewable energy to their customers.

However, in about 20 other states including Wisconsin, the law is unclear about whether this type of agreement is allowable.

Third-party energy companies will not attempt to enter into contracts with landowners until there is clarification on this law for fear of being regulates as a public utility.

We feel that the energy certainty provided by these agreements would benefit many farmers in Wisconsin who happen to have plenty of wind or open roof space on their buildings but may not have the extra money to install their own wind turbines or solar panels.

No law should prevent a customer who wants to have access to clean energy simply because they cannot afford to install the system on their own.

To learn more about the Clean Energy Choice legislation being advanced in the legislature this year, feel free to contact me: skarel@wisconsinfarmersunion.com, or 608-234-3741.

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