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Wisconsin adds clean energy jobs amid national dropSubmitted: 04/14/2019
Wisconsin adds clean energy jobs amid national drop
Story By Associated Press

MADISON -  A new report says Wisconsin added nearly 1,800 new clean energy jobs last year despite a slowing of jobs growth in the industry nationwide.

National advocacy groups Environmental Entrepreneurs and Clean Energy Trust have released a study that found a 2.4% increase in Wisconsin jobs in the clean energy industry last year, compared to 2017.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the energy efficiency and renewable energy generation sectors saw the most growth in Wisconsin last year.

The report says the number of renewable energy jobs across the country declined in 2018 partly due to President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported solar panels.

Tyler Huebner is executive director of advocacy group RENEW Wisconsin. Huebner says the state's solar industry isn't as affected by the tariffs because it relies on small installations.

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Reimer says the community is behind him.

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VILAS COUNTY - UPDATE 7/18/2019

An earlier version of this report conflated the two criminal complaints filed against contractor Gerald Stodola.

The first complaint filed February 14, concerns Stodola and a homeowner who alleges Stodola failed to inform the homeowner of a delay in construction. The first complaint also alleges theft by contractor.

The second complaint also filed February 14, concerns Stodola and the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, whose leaders also allege theft by contractor. They believe Stodola used money meant for a new chamber building for other purposes.

The defense argued in both cases that the plaintiffs, both represented by the Asst. District Attorney, did not show probable cause in their complaints.

Judge Neal Nielsen rejected the defenses motion to dismiss the first complaint, saying the fact that Stodola did not finish the job he was hired to do was evidence enough to show probable cause.

Nielsen rejected the defenses motion to dismiss the second complaint because Stodla himself mentioned using funds for the St. Germain project for something else. Nielsen believed that showed probable cause.

Preliminary hearings for both cases are set for September 18, 2019.
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