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Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Success Story – Wisconsin Invests DOE Funding in Innovative Energy Security Efforts

​The PSC-OEI​ supported in part by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), continues to make strides in enhancing energy security for local and tribal governments across the state with its Statewide Assistance for Energy Reliability and Resiliency (SAFER2) initiative. 

This project is supported by formula and competitive funding from DOE's State Energy Program (SEP), providing a great example of how a state energy office can employ both funding streams for a more significant impact.​ 

OEI hosted the regional roundtables throughout the state in collaboration with    Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) and Wisconsin Clean Cities, a    coalition of public, private, and non-profit entities in the state that supports ​efforts to enhance energy and economic security. ​

Read the full EERE article here.

Clean Energy Plan

Clean Energy PlanGovernor Tony Evers, together with the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy​, released the state’s Clean Energy Plan, the first-ever plan in the state’s history as the governor directed in Executive Order #38

The Clean Energy Plan identifies dozens of paths and strategies aiming to lower energy bills and prices at the pump for Wisconsin families, promote energy independence by reducing reliance on out-of-state energy sources, create an estimated more than 40,000 jobs by 2030, and invest in job training and apprenticeship programs in innovative industries and technologies.

The plan incorporated thoughts, plans, and suggestions of people and entities throughout Wisconsin, including utilities, private industry, frontline communities, Tribal Nations, government partners, and academic experts, among others, to provide a framework to ensure Wisconsin can transition toward cheaper, cleaner energy.​​

​ Clean Energy Plan Report

Solympics: Summer Solar Makeathon 2021​

​Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation (OEI) co-sponsored Solympics: Summer Solar Makeathon 2021, a unique making experience at the UW Makerspace. At this hands-on design sprint, teams deigned and built prototype mobile kiosks to charge phones and other devices using solar energy. The kiosks will benefit students of the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps​ in Racine, Wisconsin, by allowing them to charge their devices while participating in the organization's career training programs. 

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Hackathon helps incoming freshmen apply ECE skills for a great cause​​​


Wisconsin Biogas Feedstock and Industry Survey 2021 ​​

​The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin - Office of Energy Innovation (OEI) and University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (UWSP) completed a statewide Biogas Feedstock and Industry Survey. The survey assessed the current status, challenges, and future opportunities of biogas facilities throughout Wisconsin.

In partnership with both students and staff at UWSP, more than 300 Wisconsin facilities, including wastewater treatment facilities, landfills, industrial and food processing facilities, were asked to participate through electronic and mail survey submission. This project serves as a follow-up to OEI's Biogas Survey Report conducted in 2015.​

Link to the report is available below. Printed copies of the final report will be available on request. 

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​Governor's Task Force on Climate Change Report

On December 9th 2020, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes announced the release of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change Report. The report includes 55 climate solutions across 9 ​sectors that will lay the foundation for the state to better adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, while also seeking environmental justice and economic opportunities in renewable energy and conservation.

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  Full Report
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Wisconsin Energy Statistics 41st anniversary publication available

The 41st anniversary edition of Wisconsin Energy Statistics is now available online and for order. Forty one years of energy use, price, and expenditure data is available in full color for 1975-2017. Visit our we​bpage for more information. To order your copy, email OEI@wisconsin.gov.​