Opening for Wisconsin’s Largest CNG Fueling Station in Oak Creek

EVO CNG™ and its joint venture partner, Trillium CNG™ are pleased to celebrate the Grand Opening of a the largest compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Wisconsin located at 7155 South First Street in Oak Creek.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was the featured guest at the event.
“It’s exciting to be here today to welcome the first EVO CNG and
Trillium CNG refueling station to Wisconsin,” said Governor
Walker. “Over the last three and a half years, we’ve worked
tirelessly to create a business friendly environment that will
encourage companies like EVO CNG and Trillium CNG to
invest in our state. I’m proud to be here today with Wisconsin’s
newest job creator.”  The Oak Creek station is the first for EVO
Trillium CNG.
“We are excited about the future of compressed natural gas as a
transportation fuel in the United States and, more specifically, in
Wisconsin,” said Danny Cuzick, President and CEO of EVO CNG.
“Wisconsin is one of the states on the leading edge of CNG
infrastructure development. EVO CNG is proud to add our name
to the list of CNG stations built specifically for fueling Class 8
tractor-trailers here in the Badger state.”

WISCONSIN BEST STATE FOR BUSINESS RANKING IMPROVES FOR THIRD YEAR

Chief Executive Magazine has announced that Wisconsin ranks 17th on its “Best/Worst States for Business 2013”
survey; the third year the state has improved its position among the nation’s best states for business. Wisconsin
improved three places from 20th in 2012, and it recently saw the largest gain of any state in the history of the
survey, moving 17 places from the bottom ten, from 41st in 2010 to 24th in 2011.

GRASSROOTS ACTION DEFEATS ANTI-JOBS GLOBAL WARMING BILL!

The state Senate has just adjourned without passing the so-called “Clean Energy Jobs Act,” killing the bill for the year.

This was the top priority for WUI this legislative session because the bill would have unnecessarily increased energy costs and driven jobs from Wisconsin.

Over 500 grassroots WUI members contacted their legislators this week alone.  We also put so many calls in to our legislators that members complained the state toll-free hotline was overwhelmed.

WUI members prove once again that regular people can band together and make a difference!

Congratulation WUI Members!

Job Alarm Sounded: Does Your Family Count on Any of These Industries?

Editor’s Note:  Sorry for the long post.  But, though some folks in Madison love it, there is a LOT of opposition to this bill.  Want to add yours?  Click here.

ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSING THE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS ACT

Wisconsin Agricultural Groups

Cooperative Network

Dairy Business Association

Midwest Food Processors Association

Wisconsin Agribusiness Council

Wisconsin Agri-Service Association

Wisconsin Corn Growers Association

Wisconsin Crop Production Association

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation

Wisconsin Pork Association

Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Association

Growmark Inc.

Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association

Wisconsin State Cranberries Growers Association

Wisconsin Business Associations

Aggregate Producers of Wisconsin

Alliance of Wisconsin Retailers, LLC

Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin, Inc

Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin

Independent Business Association of Wisconsin

Midwest Equipment Dealers Association

National Federation of Independent Businesses – Wisconsin Chapter

Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association

Wisconsin Automotive Aftermarket Association

Wisconsin Automotive Parts Association

Wisconsin Builders Association

Wisconsin Cast Metals Association

Wisconsin Economic Development Association

Wisconsin Engine Manufacturers & Distributors Alliance

Wisconsin Housing Alliance

Wisconsin Independent Businesses

Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association

Wisconsin Paper Council

Wisconsin Petroleum Council

Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association

Wisconsin Realtors Association

Wisconsin Restaurant Association

Wisconsin Retail Council

Wisconsin Utility Investors, Inc.

Local Chambers of Commerce

Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

Fond du Lac Association of Commerce

Forward Janesville, Inc.

Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce

La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce

Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

Racine Area Manufacturers & Commerce

Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce

Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce

West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce

Over 50 organizations with membership representing most of the jobs in Wisconsin have joined together in opposition to the so-called “Clean Energy Jobs Act” (AB 649/SB 450). AB 649 is scheduled for a vote in the state Assembly tomorrow. The bill has earned the opposition of employers from Wisconsin main streets to town roads because it would raise utility rates and eliminate jobs throughout Wisconsin.

 “What do the all these groups have in common?” said Todd Stuart of the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group. “We have all looked closely at this bill and see the same results – it will increase energy costs and lead to fewer Wisconsin jobs.”

 Many of the organizations had hoped that the revised bill would contain new cost containment measures. “We were surprised that the amendment up for vote did little to address our concerns over costs,” said Bill Oemichen with the Cooperative Network and member of the Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming. “We had little choice but to oppose the bill considering its implications for rural Wisconsin.”

 The impact of the bill on Wisconsin competitiveness has been confusing to many because of competing studies from independent groups and the state bureaucracy. The state government says that sweeping new government powers and unprecedented utility expenditures will reduce energy bills and create private sector jobs. Independent organizations and private employers say mandating billions of dollars in unnecessary expenditures will increase costs for the consumers who pay for them.

 Both the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) calculations and private studies agree consumers will have to pay for over $15 billion in new energy costs over the next 15 years. The PSC argues that spending an extra $15 billion will save money.

 “Only government could argue that unnecessary spending would save money,” said Bill G. Smith of the National Federation of Independent Business. “My members live in the real world where unnecessary spending means unnecessary cost.”

 Nick George from the Midwest Food Processors Association agreed with Smith’s assessment. “We had to set the dueling studies aside and apply a little common sense. Our common sense analysis was: Consumers pay for utility construction. More construction equals more cost for consumers.”

 The bill gives the PSC broad authority to impose a tax on energy bills to pay for programs aimed at reducing energy use. The PSC must impose a tax sufficient to reduce energy consumption by 2% every year. Their “research” indicates that $700 million in energy taxes are needed to reduce consumption by 2%. If raising the tax doesn’t work, the PSC must raise the tax even more.

 “Whether you’re running a milking machine or a metal casting furnace, higher costs in Wisconsin make us less competitive with other states or countries,” said Brian Mitchell of the Wisconsin Cast Metals Association. “Whatever industry you represent knows you can’t keep jobs if you can’t compete.”

Assembly Leaders Ramming $15 Billion Global Warming Bill Through

If you were spending $15 Billion, how careful would you be?

Tuesday, Democrat Leaders in the state Assembly came up with a brand new version of a 140 page global warming bill forcing a $700 million energy tax and over $15 billion in unnecessary energy costs on Wisconsin consumers and businesses.  They called a meeting to pass the bill with barely 24-hours notice.

When one of their own members complained that she hadn’t had time to consider the massive bill, they removed her from the committee.  How’s that for democracy?  

 That was Friday morning.

 Now they have snuck the bill onto the Assembly schedule for Tuesday.  That’s right.  They will force 99-members to vote on a bill their own committee member didn’t understand.

 What do we know about this bill?

–      It will cost 43,000 more Wisconsin residents their jobs.

–      Utilities warn it will force utility rates to rise from now until 2025.  

 –      Utility rates will rise faster than the incomes of many Senior Citizens. 

Those sound like some pretty good reasons to re-think this job killing bill.

 Please contact your legislator right now by clicking here.  We have had enough of politicians forcing unpopular, expensive, unnecessary laws on us!

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