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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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City of Madison - Green Power Purchasing   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/30/2012
Program Overview:
State: Wisconsin
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Wind, Renewable Fuels, Ethanol, Biodiesel
Applicable Sectors: Local Government
Renewables % or Amount:25% by 2025
Source:Renewable electricity and transportation fuels
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
City Resolution 07-00343
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
City Resolution 09-00962

In 1999, Madison’s Metro Maintenance & Administration Facility began purchasing 25% of its electricity from Madison Gas & Electric’s wind power program. The additional cost to purchase the wind power is approximately $26,000 per year. Metro officials estimate that their wind power purchase is equivalent to running ten buses per year with no carbon monoxide emissions. In 2005, the city established a goal to increase the entire city’s electricity purchases to 10% renewable energy by 2006 and 20% renewable energy by 2010.

In March 2007, the City of Madison Common Council passed a resolution to purchase 10% of its electricity from renewable sources in 2007 and 20% by 2011. The city budget was amended to make available $17,000 for the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs), with a stated preference for those originating in Dane and Madison counties. The Council also resolved to encourage community participation in renewable energy programs through its own Clean Energy Challenge Program, with a goal of being recognized as an EPA Green Power Partner (consumer purchases of green electricity amounting to 2% of total consumption). In 2011, the City now purchases 22% of renewable energy through the Madison Gas and Electric's Green Power Tomorrow program.

In November 2009, the City passed a resolution to join the Wisconsin Energy Independent Community Partnership and become and Energy Independent Community. In joining the Partnership, the City resolved to procure 25% of the City's electricity and transportation fuels from renewable resources by 2025. According to the 2011 Madison Sustainability Plan, the City plans to continue increasing its purchases.

  Jeanne Hoffman
City of Madison
215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Madison , WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4091
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