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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Green Power Purchasing   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/13/2014
Program Overview:
State: Wisconsin
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Applicable Sectors: State Government
Renewables % or Amount:20% by 12/31/11
Source:Wind, Solar, Hydro, Landfill gas
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Wis. Stat. ยง 16.75(12)

Under terms of legislation (SB 459) enacted in March 2006, Wisconsin's Departments of Administration, Corrections, Health and Family Services, Public Instruction, Veterans Affairs, and the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System have a goal of purchasing or generating 10% of their power from renewable energy by December 31, 2007, and 20% by December 31, 2011. In July 2008 the Governor announced that the state had completed a green electricity purchase of 92,400 Megawatt-hours (MWh), equivalent to roughly 10% of the annual electricity consumption of the agencies covered by the mandate.

Eligible resources include tidal and wave power, fuel cells using renewable fuels, hydropower facilities less than 60 megawatts (MW), solar thermal-electric systems, photovoltaics (PV), wind, geothermal, biomass, and any other non-conventional energy resources deemed eligible by the state Public Service Commission.

According to the statute, agencies are not required to generate or purchase electricity derived from renewables if the generation or purchase of renewables is not technically feasible or cost-effective.

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Wisconsin State Energy Office
101 East Wilson Street, 6th Floor
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 261-6609
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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