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Revised Clean Energy Jobs Act unveiled to mixed response

A new version of the state climate change bill has been released, which preserves renewable energy goals, but also keeps the door open to more nuclear power in Wisconsin.

A new version of the state climate change bill has been released, which preserves renewable energy goals, but also keeps the door open to more nuclear power in Wisconsin.

One of the authors of what's known as the Clean Energy Jobs Act is Madison state representative Spencer Black, who says key elements of the bill remain the same. He adds 40 percent of the renewable power would come from inside Wisconsin. There's also a goal to have 1 percent of all electrical power in the state come from small-scale renewable projects like manure digesters and small wind and solar projects.

Black acknowledges that a low carbon fuel standard has been dropped, and that power companies may have a slightly easier time adding a nuclear power reactor.

Environmental groups like some parts of the bill but not others. The stronger opposition comes from Todd Stuart of the Wisconsin Industrial Energy group, which represents big energy users. He says renewable energy will be more expensive to create and the state doesn't need more power generation at this point.

Some big business groups also oppose the revised bill, and state Republicans call it "a jobs killer".

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State lawmakers may vote on the new climate change bill within the next week.

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