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Wisconsin Electrification Initiative​​

Wisconsin Electrification Initiative WisDOT's mission is to provide leadership in the development and operation of a safe and efficient transportation system. As Electric Vehicles continue to alter the status quo of the transportation system, WisDOT will continue to collaborate with the government, industry, and the public to create innovative transportation solutions that meet the needs of our state and contribute to the health and well-being of our communities. 

The Public ​Comment Period for the Wisconsin Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Plan ran from July 14 - July 24. Updates will continue to be provided on the WisDOT Electrification Initiative homepage as they are available.

Read the Wisconsin Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Plan here. ​

​Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid Section 40101(d) Formula Grants to States & Indian Tribes​

Under Section 40101(d) Formula Grant Program of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Department of Energy will provide grants to States (including U.S. Territories) and Indian Tribes to improve the resilience of their electric grids.

These grants offer a unique opportunity to advance the capabilities of States and Indian Tribes, and their communities, to address not only current but future resilience needs. Please be advised that eligible entities have until March 31​, 2023, to apply.​

Visit National Energy Technology Laboratory for more information. 

Biogas: Wisconsin utilities partner with farmers to replace fossil gas

Prepartion_to_unload_biogas_from_a_trailer_at_the_county_landfillThe Public Service Commission voted unanimously to approve WEC Energy Group’s $75 million pilot program intended to help its utilities meet their gas supply needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing farmers with a new revenue stream, and reducing the risk of groundwater contamination. 

This new approach will allow digesters to hook up directly to the gas distribution network rather than having to haul pressurized gas to an interstate pipeline portal.​

Read the full article here

​Visit the Biogas page for additional information.

Residential Cold Climate Heat Pump Challenge

Heat_Pump​​As part of the E3 Initiative, DOE is launching the Residential Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge to accelerate the deployment of cold climate heat pump (CCHP) technologies. In partnership with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)​, heat pump manufacturers and other stakeholders, DOE aim to develop a new technology specification for a high-performance CCHP that meets consumer needs, demonstrate the CCHP performance in the lab and pilot sites, and launch pilot programs with partners, such as utilities, to identify and alleviate installation challenges and accelerate adoption. 
Read the full article here

Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. Launch Innovative Partnerships to Tackle Affordability and Accessibility in Community Solar​

Inclusive Shared Solar InitiativeState Energy Offices and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Agencies in MinnesotaWisconsin, and Washington, D.C. have come together to enable more homeowners in their states to access and afford solar power – even if they cannot install solar panels in their homes.

Through the Inclusive Shared Solar Initiative (ISSI), each state has formulated strategies that address this disparity by leveraging LIHEAP and other low-income programs to reduce the costs and barriers to investing and participating in community solar projects. Learn more about each state's plan to address affordability and accessibility in community solar by visiting NASEO Publications page.

Read the full NASEO article here.​​

Milwaukee and Waukesha homeowners in financial need to benefit from Energy Innovation Grant Program ​(EIGP)

Image of Chairperson Valcq speakingFifty low-income homeowners in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties will get financial help to upgrade their living spaces to be more energy efficient, thanks to a half-million dollar innovation grant from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

The $500,000 grant from the PSC will go to a partnership between the group Revitalize Milwaukee and the firm  Green Homeowners United. ​

Read the full WUWM​ 89.7 FM article here​

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

wisconsin tabletop​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 Plan 2022Governor 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 Sola​r Makeathon 2021​

Hackathon helps incoming freshmen apply ECE skills for a great cause​​​Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation (OEI) co-sponsored Solympics: Summer Solar Makeathon 2021, a unique making experience at the UW Makerspace. In this hands-on design sprint, teams designed 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. 

Wisconsin Biogas Feedstock and Industry Survey 2021 ​​

Wisconsin Biogas Feedstock and Industry Survey 2021 ​​The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin - Office of Energy Innovation (OEI) and the 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. 

        ​  WI Biogas 2021 ​Report​​

​​ ​Gove​rnor's Task Force on Climate Change Report

​Governor's Task Force on Climate Change ReportOn 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.

                   Full Report

​ ​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 from 1975to 2017. Visit our Wisconsin Energy Statistics​ page for more information. To order your copy, email OEI@wisconsin.gov.​

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