Former Walker Aide Moves One Step Closer To Joining Wisconsin’s Utility Regulation Agency

During Confirmation Hearing, Huebsch Says State Needs More Diversity In Its Energy Portfolio

Courtesy of Wisconsin Public Television.

A state Senate panel has unanimously approved the appointment of a former top Walker administration official to Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission.

Incoming PSC Commissioner Mike Huebsch was, until recently, Walker’s Department of Administration Secretary. Huebsch had previously served in the Legislature, where he was an outspoken advocate for nuclear energy.

During his confirmation hearing, Huebsch was asked about the effects of mercury pollution in Wisconsin lakes, which is caused in part by coal-fired power plants, and how that would affect his decisions on the PSC. Huebsch said Wisconsin needed to diversify how it gets its power.

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“As we as a country and we as a society start to recognize the negative impacts of coal, we are looking to diversify more to other sources,” he said.

Huebsch also praised Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program, which funds energy efficiency projects.

His six-year appointment to the PSC still needs confirmation by the full Senate.