La Crosse area legislators are speaking out on the need for more renewable energy.
Democratic State Sen. Brad Pfaff and Assembly Rep Jill Billings took part in a roundtable forum Thursday at Western Technical College on clean energy jobs.
Pfaff said keeping energy sources affordable can help provide jobs in the area and maintain the economy.
“The continued development of renewable fuels, and having more renewable fuels within our overall energy mix, will make sure that we can continue to have an affordable, reliable, and dependable electricity,” Pfaff told those attending the forum, which also was streamed.
The national Inflation Reduction Act recently passed by Congress is expected to help employment and the environment in the state.
Billings said a shift away from fossil fuels would make the state healthier.
“It’s expected that the clean energy plan will cut air pollution by enough to avoid 100,000 asthma attacks, and nearly 4000 deaths a year,” Billings said.
Panelists at the energy conference also argued that Wisconsin needs to catch up with others in the use of renewable energy.
The forum at WTC was moderated by former Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who was the Democratic frontrunner that ran for US Senate against Republican Ron Johnson last year.