- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would relax sections of Wisconsin’s sulfur dioxide emission regulations and rework utilities’ obligations to pay into the state’s renewable energy program.

The would eliminate requirements that major utilities submit annual plans for complying with sulfur dioxide emission goals to state regulators and eliminate a requirement that if regulators believe emissions will exceed 325,000 tons annually they must recommend to legislators whether to adopt an enforceable limit.

The bill also would require utilities to pay 1.2 percent of their retail sales into Focus on Energy, the state’s renewable energy program. Currently they must pay 1.2 percent of their operating revenues annually.

The Assembly was expected to vote on the bill Thursday. Approval would send it to the state Senate.

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