Recognizing the existing conditions in Wisconsin, and the need to move toward a clean energy economy, the OSCE developed a state-wide clean energy plan in collaboration with state agencies, local governments, native nations, frontline communities, NGO’s, utilities, industry representatives and others.
While prioritizing the core values of justice, equity and collective action, the Clean Energy Plan achieves the following objectives: Putting Wisconsin on a path for all electricity consumed within the state to be 100 percent carbon-free by 2050; Ensuring that the State of Wisconsin is fulfilling the carbon reduction goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement; Reducing the disproportionate impacts of energy generation and use on low-income communities and communities of color; Maximizing the creation of, and equitable opportunities for, clean energy jobs, economic development and stimulus, and retention of energy investment dollars in Wisconsin; Improving reliability and affordability of the energy system; Strengthening the clean energy workforce through training and education, while retraining workers affected by the transition from fossil fuel to clean energy sources; And protecting human and environmental health by reducing ecosystem pollution from fossil fuels.
Accelerate clean energy technology deployment – Increasing funding options for projects, investing in infrastructure, new emissions goals, expanding state energy resources for generation, technology innovation, equitable expansion of clean energy, leveraging existing policies and programs.
Maximize energy efficiency– strengthening energy efficiency standards and goals to reduce energy waste and save consumers money on energy costs.
Modernize buildings and industry – addressing building codes, supporting electrification, expanding funding, and supporting industry and businesses in their transition.
Innovate transportation – support the transition to low- to no-emission vehicles and supporting refueling options, along with planning and increased options to move people around.
Prioritize health equity, environmental justice, and equitable economic development.
Fast-track workforce development and just transition.
The Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy leads the State of Wisconsin in addressing the effects of climate change through programs and policies that support the use of clean energy resources and technology.
Focus on Energy is Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state’s investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is offering grants to support the development of new and existing cooperatives in Wisconsin, with a goal of fostering the success of current and future cooperatives by supporting planning and exploratory research in advance of making a large investment.