M-WERC welcomes PSC Chair Becky Valcq as keynote for member meeting

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (Commission) Chair Rebecca Cameron Valcq addressed attendees during our first member meeting of the year on May 14. With a focus on Utilities of the Future and energy storage technology, Valcq also praised M- WERC’s new partnership with the Great Plains Institute to address evolving needs in the energy sector. 

Chair Valcq provided background on Governor Evers’ budget goal of zero carbon generation by 2050, workforce development and the need for collaboration with organizations like M-WERC to transition to a zero-carbon energy economy. 

“Wisconsin needs to be a leader in the clean energy economy.” said Valcq. “I am grateful for Governor Evers’ vision to set a goal of zero carbon generation by 2050. This focus provides stakeholders and policymakers a clear target to work towards and has been part of the shift in the national discussion around energy.” 

Valcq also shared her perspective on the direction of the energy market, “The writing is on the wall. No matter what happens, this is the direction the industry is moving. It is time for regulators and government officials to get out of the way, let the market for clean energy technologies perform, avoid unnecessary mandates, and take a technology neutral method to regulation; solar and wind alone will not be the solution. We must consider all realistic carbon neutral options, build upon the strength of Focus on Energy programs, and prioritize storage as key component in the utility of the future.” 

Valcq also highlighted how the collaboration of organizations like M-WERC benefit Wisconsin’s workforce in this time of rapid change. “I am grateful for organizations like M-WERC that are collaborating with businesses, incubating startups, and fostering mentor networks to spark innovation. Wisconsin is open for clean energy jobs, and I will do all I can along with my colleagues at the Department of Workforce Development and the legislature to get that message out.” 

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