Green Power Purchasing (Wisconsin)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Wisconsin

Name Green Power Purchasing
Incentive Type Green Power Purchasing
Applicable Sector State Government
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Percent Renewables 20% by 12/31/11

Source Wind, Solar, Hydro, Landfill gas

Date added to DSIRE 2006-03-28
Last DSIRE Review 2013-04-18

References DSIRE[1]


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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name General Information
Department Wisconsin State Energy Office

Address 101 East Wilson Street, 6th Floor

Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53703
Phone (608) 261-6609


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Wis. Stat. § 16.75(12)

Date Enacted 2006-03-17

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"