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By Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 10--Some $53 million collected from ratepayers on state electric bills -- money that was to be earmarked for energy conservation programs -- will instead be used to help balance the state budget, under Gov. Doyle's budget proposal.
This would mark the second time that the governor has turned to the energy conservation fund to help balance the budget. A similar transfer from the fund, of $47 million, was made for the current two-year state budget.
The decision could affect funding for popular programs including rebates for compact fluorescent light bulbs and energy efficient home …