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Organic Valley co-op supports Clean Energy Jobs Act

Cecil Wright, Vice-President of sustainability and local operations for Organic Valley La Farge wrote on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 in a letter to the editor of Madison’s The Cap Times that Organic Valley pledges its support of renewable energy provisions within the Clean Energy Jobs Act, currently under consideration in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Wright explains in the article that Organic Valley is a farmer-owned cooperative of 1,652 organic family farms and is strongly interested in the health and sustainability of small-scale family farms and rural communities. She claims that Organic Valley believes that commitment to renewable energy will help the economy grow, decrease dependence on fossil fuels, and create a healthier environment for future generations.

Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Jobs Act includes an Enhanced Renewable Portfolio Standard, which will allow Wisconsin residents to receive 25% of their electricity from renewable energy by the year 2025, with at least 10% of it coming from renewable energy sources locally within the state.  The bill also includes provisions which encourage small-scale renewable energy generation that would support Wisconsin families considering new energy projects such as manure digesters, small wind turbines and solar projects.

For more information about the Clean Energy Jobs Act, visit RENEW Wisconsin’s FAQ page.

15 thoughts on “Organic Valley co-op supports Clean Energy Jobs Act

  1. It’s nice to know that there are people who are into renewable energy and supporting renewable energy provisions within the Clean Energy Jobs Act. There are lots of benefits we can get from renewable energy. Renewable energy is non-polluting. The benefits of renewable energy extend to stimulating the economy and creating job opportunities.

  2. This is definitely good news for the Wisconsin residents. Generating renewable energy has become very important and this is also the only solution to solve climate change and green gas emissions. Such job acts which promote green jobs should be encouraged to curb unemployment and to strengthen the economy of the country.

  3. It's so good to know that there are organizations who are willing to help or support a small-scale family farms and rural communities. This act is also a big help to the environment. You did a great job!

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  4. Similar projects should be introduced in other states as well. A project which benefits the environment, the people and curbs unemployment problem should be encouraged to expand.

  5. I think that receiving 25% of electricity from renewable resources will become obvious in 2025. European authorities are going to get 20% of their energy needs from renewables by 2020.

  6. Its great to see that a company like Organic Valley have taken steps towards renewable resources, hopefully more companies will follow. Keep up the good work !

  7. It's great to see companies take steps toward renewable resources. I am making my own efforts with green cleaning, recycling and starting an organic garden. It's a lot of work, which makes me respect sustainable efforts all the more!

  8. Although late to read this article, but I would like to say that the idea of it kind of isues is very necessary to increase public awareness of the importance of the development of renewable energy. We support all forms of business options in the development of renewable energy and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Good article