Wisconsin is ripe for a far-reaching, comprehensive energy strategy that will move the state toward energy efficiency and independence. The state depends heavily on three energy and fuel sources that are produced entirely out of state: coal, natural gas, and petroleum. Importing all this energy comes at a high cost to the state—each year, Wisconsinites spend over nine billion dollars on energy imports, more than half of which goes toward petroleum products including heating oil, unleaded fuel, and diesel fuels. These costs are likely to go up as a result of worldwide fuel shortages, natural disasters, and political instability in oil-producing regions. A COWS Fast Facts report.
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