The legislature recently passed a bill requiring large electric utilities to get 30% of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2020, after hours of debate. It now awaits the Governor’s signature. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland examines why the issue has caused such partisan fighting this year.

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