This is an issue that extends well beyond the borders of Wisconsin, but also an issue that we must deal with right here. Conservation is part of the solution. That alone will not ensure an ample supply of energy at a reasonable price into the future, nor will an unrealistic belief that renewables alone will solve the problem.
I believe we need a balanced approach. Fossil fuels will continue to provide a large portion of our energy needs into the foreseeable future. Much progress has been achieved in developing cleaner fuels like natural gas and cleaner burning coal. Also, I feel that nuclear energy must continue to play an important role in generating electricity.
Wisconsin is currently under a self imposed mandate to produce 10% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2015. That mandate has been largely met by our state's utilities. I do not favor increasing that percentage because of the high cost of sources like wind, as well as some of the health problems experienced by those living near wind turbines.