President-elect Donald Trump, an occasional climate change denier and outspoken critic of environmental regulations, has given environmentalists little reason for optimism, but some energy experts in Wisconsin agree renewable energy will continue to grow, even under a Trump presidency.
Three panelists who spoke at a Wisconsin Technology Council forum Thursday in Wauwatosa said they don’t know exactly what to expect out of the Trump administration. But Michael Vickerman of the group RENEW said some very large corporations are already moving away from coal-fired electricity.
“They are contracting with entities to build wind projects, large solar arrays and, in some cases, (natural) gas plants, basically to provide them with a stable energy source,” Vickerman said.
New Berlin GOP state Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, who chairs the state Assembly’s Energy and Utilities Committee, said Republicans don’t dislike renewable energy but, “What we want to say is, if renewables stand on their own, and are not mandated, then God bless it.” Read the full story here.