Wisconsin

WISCONSIN

With 5.9 million residents, Wisconsin is the 20th largest state in population and, in land area, the state’s 54,310 square miles make it the 25th largest in the nation. The meeting place of three major ecological zones: northern coniferous forests, prairies, and southern hardwood forests, Wisconsin also has wetlands and inexplicable sandstone buttes. It also borders two great lakes and has many smaller lakes itself, most carved by glaciers

Wisconsinites are already witnessing major change to their state’s climate, especially in regards to rising temperatures, drought, and flooding. Already 2°F warmer than it was in the beginning of the 20th century, and  predicted to warm by up to 11°F by mid-century, scientists predict that by 2050 Wisconsin will see two weeks per year with heat indexes above 100°F. Oddly, although Wisconsin is known for its sub-zero winters, extreme heat is actually the #1 weather-related cause of death in the state, accounting for more fatalities than all other weather disasters combined, including tornadoes, floods, and blizzards. 

Warmer air holds more water, leading to more precipitation, especially heavy precipitation. It is not surprising, therefore, that 2019 was the single wettest year on record for Wisconsin, along with the rest of the Midwest. Over the last 30 years, the region has seen a 15% increase in annual precipitation compared to the first half of the twentieth century. 2019’s downpours predictably led to major floods, costing the region $6.2 billion and at least four lives.

Although precipitation is expected to increase as a whole, Wisconsin is still facing a serious drought problem. There may not be more droughts than before, but when they occur they’ll be more intense than ever, only getting worse over time.

The heat, extreme rain, and harsh droughts have had a devastating effect on agriculture, one of Wisconsin’s most important industries, contributing more than $104.8 billion to the state economy. Over half of Wisconsin’s agricultural revenue comes from the dairy industry, which is seriously impacted by climate change because higher temperatures cause cows to eat less and produce less milk.

Wisconsin’s ecosystems are also under attack by climate change altering the composition of forests and threatening the habitat of endangered species such as the American marten.  Rising water temperatures will shrink the available habitat for cold water fish such as trout and declining ice cover and increasingly severe storms add to fish habitat challenges through erosion and flooding.

Climate change is also affecting the rhythm of Wisconsin’s natural systems, affecting the timing of natural processes such as migration, reproduction, and flower blooming. Migratory birds are arriving in the Midwest earlier in spring today than 40 years ago. Along with range shifts, the intricate web of relationships between animals and their food sources and between plants and pollinators are all being disrupted. Because not all species adjust to climate change in the same way, the food that one species eats may no longer be available when that species needs it (for example, when migrating birds arrive). Some types of animals may no longer be able to find enough food.

Fortunately, Wisconsin is taking actions to mitigate climate change. In 2019, Wisconsin’s governor passed an executive order making Wisconsin the first state in the Midwest to commit to going 100% carbon-free by midcentury. The executive order created novel energy efficiency standards for state facilities, as well as creating a new office, Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, to find the solutions and technologies needed to execute this proposal. That includes training Wisconsin’s workforce to build the clean energy sector, as the order lays out.

In 2021, Madison, Wisconsin moved ahead and set goals to have 100% of its municipal operations’ run with renewable energy by 2030. In October 2021, Wisconsin joined the other Great Lakes states in a pledge to collaborate on the development and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to help accelerate vehicle electrification across the Midwest.

Wisconsin does not have any fossil fuel resources of its own, so it ships in coal and natural gas, much of which comes from Wyoming and Montana. In 2020, down from a high of 82% in 1997, coal provided far less than half (39%) of Wisconsin’s electricity generation. Natural gas fueled 35% of Wisconsin’s in-state utility-scale generation, almost four times more than a decade earlier. Nuclear power is next at 16%, and 10% of Wisconsin’s energy comes from renewable energy resources, including hydropower (5%), wind (3%), biomass (2%), and solar (0.5%). Wisconsin is among the top 10 ethanol-producing states in the nation due to its corn production. Wisconsin produces about 600 million gallons of fuel ethanol every year, and ships much of it across state lines.

Despite its frigid winters, Wisconsin’s energy consumption per capita is less than that of 2/5 of the states and only slightly above the national average. The industrial sector accounts for one-third of the energy consumed in the state, the transportation sector and the residential sector each use nearly one-fourth, and the commercial sector consumes one-fifth.

Wisconsin is one of twenty four states, and Puerto Rico, committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.

CURRENT NEWS

US States Warned of Unhealthy Air From Wildfires: Weather Watch

By Brian K Sullivan 05/13/24
Air quality has turned unhealthy for parts of the Upper Midwest in the US, including the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, as smoke drifts south from ongoing Canadian forest fires, according to AirNow.gov.
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An Oil Company Is Trespassing on Tribal Land in Wisconsin, Justice Dept. Says

By Rebecca Halleck and Dionne Searcey 04/10/24
The Department of Justice has weighed in on a court battle over an oil and gas pipeline in Wisconsin, saying that a Canadian oil company has been willfully trespassing on tribal lands in the state…
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Wisconsin’s Warmest Winter

By Lydia Larsen 02/29/24
In the winter of 2022-23, the Minocqua Winter Park was bustling. The cross-country ski park in Wisconsin’s Northwoods had reaped the benefits of record snow, and staff worked seven days a week to groom its…
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Ice fishing obsession faces peril in changing Wisconsin climate

By Allison Garfield 02/25/24
Madison is defined by its lakes, and in the winter when the water freezes over, those lakes become spotted with hundreds of people ice fishing.
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Climate change is causing more flooding and erosion in Wisconsin

By The Larry Meiller Show 02/15/24
Like many other states, Wisconsin is experiencing more flooding and most insurance policies don’t cover it. We talk with two experts about Federal Flood insurance and what else you can do to protect your property.
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It’s been one of Milwaukee’s warmest winters ever. How does that affect Wisconsin’s economy and climate?

By Claire Reid 01/05/24
December 2023 was Milwaukee's warmest December on record, state climatologist Steve Vavrus said.
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Wisconsin is one of the most at risk states in the Great Lakes for biodiversity loss, report shows

By Caitlin Looby 12/07/23
Over the past 50 years, there have been unprecedented losses of plants, animals and insects around the world due to human-related causes, like climate change and habitat destruction. And a recent report provides a snapshot…
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A new map shows how vulnerable neighborhoods are to climate change. Here’s how Wisconsin fares

By Alex Groth and Bridget Fogarty 11/10/23
Wisconsin remains one of the least vulnerable states in the nation against climate risks. But experts say that doesn't mean that people across the state aren't in jeopardy of facing the consequences of climate change.
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Scientists say Wisconsin’s climate has already changed, will continue

09/11/23
A historic spring blizzard left two feet of snow on the ground in parts of Wisconsin five years ago, record breaking hot temperatures in the upper 80s sweltered the state this April and smoke from…
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President Joe Biden visits Milwaukee ahead of Inflation Reduction Act anniversary

By Evan Casey 08/15/23
One day before the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act, President Joe Biden traveled to Milwaukee to tour a company directly impacted by the sweeping measure.
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The Mississippi River Is in Danger: What That Means for Wisconsin

By Fiona Hatch 07/24/23
Fondly referred to as “America’s river”, the mighty Mississippi is an essential natural resource for the entire country. The waterway spans more than 2,300 miles and is home to 400 different animal species. And, as…
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‘This is on our doorstep now’: Wildfire smoke a reminder that climate change impacts human health

By Madeline Heim 06/09/23
Smoke from Canadian wildfires that turned skies along the East Coast a sickly yellow has become yet another illustration of how changes in our climate foster extreme weather events.
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Utilities weigh power demand from AI amid clean energy transition

02/22/24
As big tech companies race to capitalize on artificial intelligence, utilities in Wisconsin are assessing how to balance surges in demand for power amid the clean energy transition.

Wisconsin companies pouring billions into solar energy

02/16/24
Since the first commercial solar panel was introduced in the 1950s, people have been chasing the dream of clean, reliable energy from sunlight. Today, energy companies are pouring billions into solar panel infrastructure.

Climate-positive headlines greenwash Wisconsin’s fossil fuel dependency

02/15/24
Late last month, Gov. Tony Evers reached a deal with funding from the U.S. Forestry Service to purchase 70,000 acres of the Pelican River Forest in northern Wisconsin. The conservation project, which protects pristine forests…

Dane County celebrates achieving 100% renewable electricity in county facilities

02/06/24
Dane County’s Yahara Solar Project was recognized as part of Renew Wisconsin’s 2024 Clean Energy Honor Roll at the 13th annual Renewable Energy Summit “Unleashing the Power of Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Potential” Feb. 1.

UWM awarded $975,000 to expand its expertise in clean-energy workforce development

02/02/24
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is among 10 universities nationwide funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to launch a Building Training and Assessment Center. These centers will teach technical college students to identify ways to…

Sheboygan’s Onion River Solar Project is now in service. Here’s the impact it’s expected to have.

01/08/24
Alliant Energy’s 1,000-acre solar project is now in service in the town of Holland, after several years of planning and building.

MGE and We Energies power up Wisconsin solar farm

01/05/24
Badger Hollow Solar Farm is a 300 MW renewable energy facility located near the communities of Montfort and Cobb in Iowa County, Wisconsin. The project came online in two 150 MW phases. The second phase…

Wisconsin’s largest solar park is now fully operational, featuring 830K panels

01/05/24
The largest solar project in Wisconsin history is now fully operational in Iowa County, its developers announced Thursday.

Wisconsin trails Illinois, Minnesota on solar adoption. Advocates say policy changes could help turn the tide

01/03/24
Wisconsin is lagging behind some of its neighbors in terms of adoption of solar energy, but advocates say a few policy changes could help turn the tide.

Developers hope a balloon-like battery will aid Wisconsin renewable energy efforts

12/27/23
When Wisconsin’s largest coal plant, the Columbia Energy Center, closes in the next few years, a carbon dioxide-filled “battery” developed by the Italian company Energy Dome will take its place.

Wisconsin made progress toward clean energy transition in 2023, but more work is needed

12/18/23
Wisconsin continued to make progress in its transition to renewable energy in 2023, but environmental advocates say there’s still a long way to go.

First of its Kind Energy Storage Project in US to Be Constructed in Wisconsin

09/27/23
Alliant Energy’s new battery system, known as the Columbia Energy Storage Project, would be the first-of-its-kind in the United States and represents a significant advancement toward a more sustainable, reliable and cost-effective energy future.

Western Wisconsin utility now generates over half of its electricity without carbon

06/23/23
A utility that serves customers in parts western and northwest Wisconsin announced this week that over half of its electric generation is now carbon-free, and company officials say they are on pace to potentially exceed…

Alliant Energy starts construction on 50-MW Wisconsin solar project

06/12/23
On June 6, Alliant Energy executives and team members were joined by construction partners, community leaders, neighbors and participating landowners to mark the beginning of panel installation at the 50-MW Beaver Dam Solar Project site.…

Discover the Largest Solar Farm in Wisconsin (And What Lives Around It)

06/12/23
Due to its wide, flat plains and expansive open spaces, Wisconsin is a state synonymous with the agricultural industry. In fact, Wisconsin is in the top quartile of all states for farming and manufacturing. The…

Wood County Solar Project in Wisconsin Earns an Envision Platinum Award for Sustainable Infrastructure

05/16/23
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) has awarded Envision Platinum to Alliant Energy’s Wood County Solar Project, highlighting its contributions to sustainable development and clean and renewable energy.

Wisconsin’s Menominee Nation taps into sustainable roots with renewable energy training, solar installation

05/01/23
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin is taking steps to advance the transition to renewable energy on the reservation. Members of the tribe participated in a solar energy workshop at the College of Menominee Nation…

Dane County becomes first in Wisconsin to achieve 100% renewable energy

04/27/23
Dane County became the first county in Wisconsin — and the fourth in the nation — to receive 100% of its energy from renewable sources after the completion of the Yahara Solar Project last week.…

New wind farm comes online in rural Wisconsin, generating enough energy to power 50K homes

04/14/23
A new wind farm in rural Wisconsin that generates enough electricity to power over 50,000 homes is now online, advancing clean energy initiatives for two utilities.

Nine Wisconsin electric co-ops partnered in a unique solar energy project

04/13/23
In Westby, Vernon Electric Cooperative will tap the partnership to build a 1.5-megawatt solar farm, the co-op's fifth. The co-op in 2014 ...

Wisconsin Public Service announces new renewable energy facility, fourth since 2020

04/07/23
More clean energy is on its way to Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) customers as a new renewable energy facility went into service this week in southwestern Wisconsin. A release from the WPS has announced the…

Federal climate legislation is poised to transform Wisconsin’s path to net zero emissions

04/06/23
A clean energy boom is sweeping the United States, spurred by two laws signed last year by President Joe Biden. In Wisconsin, the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law have dramatically expanded funding…

US Gain integrates solar microgrid at Wisconsin RNG facility

03/29/23
U.S. Gain, a leader in the development and distribution of alternative fuel and renewable energy, is excited to share its first integration of a solar microgrid at its Dallmann East River Dairy digester in Brillion,…

Wisconsinites interested in rooftop solar face more hurdles than those in other states

03/28/23
Wisconsin homeowners and small businesses interested in installing solar panels on their property face more hurdles than their counterparts in some other states, clean energy advocates say.

Wind turbines being considered in central Wisconsin raise concerns from some

03/28/23
Wind turbines are again on the agenda in Central Wisconsin. Volunteer organization Farmland First hosted a public information session on wind project potentially coming to the area. The energy company RWE Renewables first started approaching…

Wisconsin Republicans put clean energy in their sights this session

03/23/23
Following a national trend of state backlash to renewable energy projects, state lawmakers are crafting more roadblocks to defend fossil fuels. With the Wisconsin Legislature now in session, Republican lawmakers have introduced a variety of…

Conservatives, clean energy backers find common ground on community-owned solar bill

03/21/23
For the second time in as many years, a group of Republican state lawmakers will seek to reset the rules on how solar energy can be owned and distributed in Wisconsin.

Largest renewable energy project in Wisconsin moving forward

03/21/23
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) has unanimously approved Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We energies' purchase of the Koshkonong Solar Energy Center in Dane County.

Utility regulators approve $649M purchase of Wisconsin’s largest renewable energy plant

03/20/23
Three utilities have received approval from Wisconsin utility regulators to buy the state’s largest renewable energy plant. On Thursday, the Public Service Commission approved the $649 million purchase of the Koshkonong Solar Energy Center by…

Wisconsin’s renewable energy wave is prompting some farmers to lease land for fields of solar panels

03/17/23
The decision to transition a sizable portion of their family’s farm from pastures and grain fields to thousands of solar panels was not an easy one for Duane and Tina Hinchley.

Wisconsin’s renewable energy wave is prompting some farmers to lease land for fields of solar panels

03/11/23
The decision to transition a sizable portion of their family’s farm from pastures and grain fields to thousands of solar panels was not an easy one for Duane and Tina Hinchley.

DNR Seeking Public Comment On New Charter Supporting Climate Resilience

02/23/23
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on a new charter to encourage businesses, non-government organizations and communities to combat the effects of climate change in our state.

Evers’ budget will call for spending millions on Wisconsin’s clean energy workforce

02/08/23
Gov. Tony Evers will call for spending millions on developing Wisconsin's clean energy workforce during his budget address next week. It's part of a long list of environmental spending initiatives from the governor, who will…

Wisconsin utilities are investing in battery storage to aid clean energy transition

02/03/23
As Wisconsin's utilities continue moving toward clean energy, they're making big investments in battery storage. WEC Energy Group, the parent company of Wisconsin Public Service and We Energies, announced Thursday it is working on a…

EnTech Solutions Provides Wisconsin Cheese Factory With Solar Energy

01/20/22
Clean energy solutions provider EnTech Solutions has installed two renewable energy microgrids on the site of Agropur’s new 210,000-square-foot cheese production facility being built in Little Chute, WI.

Clean energy jobs poised for continued growth in Wisconsin

11/02/21
For the first time since Clean Jobs Midwest began tracking Wisconsin clean energy jobs in 2017, Wisconsin clean energy jobs declined during 2020’s pandemic-wracked economy. However, the second half of the year showed significant recovery and…

NextEra to offer Buckeye’s solar energy to SRP customers

10/07/21
Buckeye residents interested in energy reform have often pointed to the 295 average days per year of sunshine as to where to find more electricity. NextEra Energy Resources plans to take advantage of that sun.

Leaders of 5 Great Lakes states agree to cooperate on electric vehicle infrastructure

10/06/21
The governors of five Great Lakes states have agreed to collaborate on the development and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to help accelerate vehicle electrification across the Midwest.

Jefferson Utilities celebrates Wisconsin’s newest solar energy project

10/04/21
Jefferson Utilities Senior Energy Services Manager Greg Hoffmann joined state leaders and executives from WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC to celebrate the commissioning of Wisconsin’s newest large-scale solar energy project — the Point…

Grow Solar Central Wisconsin expands to Waushara County in its fifth year

09/18/21
Grow Solar Central Wisconsin is launching for its fifth year. The education and bulk purchasing program will help property owners in Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Wood, and Waushara counties take advantage of competitive prices for solar…

New grants to help Wisconsin nonprofits purchase electric vehicles

04/13/21
RENEW Wisconsin launched the “EVs for Good” initiative in early April, a new program that provides nonprofit organizations with financial support for purchasing electric vehicles.

Alliant Energy Plans to Add Six Solar Projects in Wisconsin

04/05/21
Alliant Energy plans to add another 414 megawatts (MW) of solar in Wisconsin. This rounds out the company’s previously announced plan to accelerate its transition to clean energy by adding more than 1,000 MW of…

Alliant Energy Poised To Become Largest Owner-Operator Of Solar Power In Wisconsin

03/31/21
Madison-based Alliant Energy is set to become the largest owner and operator of solar power in Wisconsin under plans unveiled Wednesday. The utility is making good on its goal to build 1,000 megawatts of solar…

Organic Valley launches national clean energy fund for its farmers

By Martha Koloski 03/22/21
The nation’s largest organic, farmer-owned cooperative, Organic Valley in La Farge, announced a $1 million fund to help its farmers make clean energy improvements faster.  

Preparing for Climate Change in Wisconsin

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps Wisconsin is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Milwaukee’s Leadership on Climate Change

03/21/19
Mayor Barrett has joined over 362 mayors to show that the City of Milwaukee remains committed to the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Milwaukee City Council also unanimously passed Council resolution 170337 pledging…

Wisconsin’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation

03/21/19
The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts has released its first comprehensive report, Wisconsin's Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation. The report will serve as a resource for business executives, government, natural resource managers, public health…

Wisconsin Climate and Health Adaptation Plan

03/20/19
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has created a Climate and Health Adaptation Plan to assist state and local agencies in adapting to a changing climate.

Wisconsin’s Struggling Wind Sector Could Suffer Another Legislative Blow

09/12/11
Assembly Bill 146 would eliminate the four-year expiration date for renewable resource credits, also called renewable energy credits (RECs), that electricity providers can trade to meet state energy requirements within a given year. The measure…

KEY RESOURCES

Wisconsin Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

01/24/22
Wisconsin is no stranger to solar power. The state began investing in solar policies nearly four decades ago, and those investments have paid off. While Wisconsin still ranks among the middle of states for solar…

Wisconsin State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/19/21
Bordered by navigable waterways, Wisconsin lies between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan to the north and east and the Mississippi and Saint Croix rivers to the west. The glaciers that covered most of the state…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

10/06/20
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Wisconsin

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Wisconsin experienced one flood and three severe storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Wisconsin

08/07/20
Climate and Energy Polling in Wisconsin

Climate Wisconsin

06/27/19
Climate Wisconsin is an educational multimedia project featuring stories of climate change. These stories are produced to support teaching and learning about climate change in Wisconsin.

Clean Wisconsin

05/28/19
From unsafe drinking water to disappearing lakes and streams to threats of increased air pollution, your natural resources and special places need protecting, now more than ever before. That’s where we come in. Using science,…

What Climate Change Means for Wisconsin

08/01/16
Wisconsin’s climate is changing. In the past century, most of the state has warmed about two degrees (F). Heavy rainstorms are becoming more frequent, and ice cover on the Great Lakes is forming later or…

MORE NEWS

Survey: Wisconsin Great Lakes Communities To Spend $245M To Repair Coastal Damage

By Danielle Kaeding   07/16/21  
Great Lakes communities in Wisconsin are estimating they will spend around $245 million over the next five years to repair coastal damage linked to climate change, according to a new survey from a group of…
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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson: Climate change is ‘bulls—‘

By Riley Vetterkind   07/08/21  
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson told a group of Republican women last month that climate change is “bulls—-,” continuing the two-term senator’s increasing tendency to criticize the scientific community’s consensus on major issues. “I don’t know…
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A Carbon Tax Will Make Infrastructure Sustainable

By Austin Ramirez   06/26/21  
Wisconsin’s infrastructure needs a makeover. More than 80% of our state’s roads are in poor condition — making them the worst in the nation. We’ll need $13 billion over the next decade to fund the…
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Biden administration passes up chance to block oil pipeline

06/25/21  
The Biden administration signaled in a court filing this week that it does not plan to cancel federal permits for Enbridge’s Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline project, despite pleas by Native Americans and environmental groups for…
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Heatwaves, Climate Change And The Electric Grid

By Rachael Vasquez   06/25/21  
Parts of the U.S. are enduring heatwaves, with temperatures in some states expected to stay at or above 100 degrees for days. We talk about how climate change fits into the picture, and how to…
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Southeast Wisconsin Farmers Experiencing Intense Drought

By Audrey Nowakowsky and Jack Herbanis   06/24/21  
In a normal year from the beginning of March to mid-June, southeast Wisconsin would expect to see around 15 inches of precipitation. So far in 2021, counties across the region have only seen around half…
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Youth Climate Activism in Wisconsin

By Robinia Courtyard   06/24/21  
The climate crisis is here, and our future depends on solving it. While climate change poses an immediate threat to our global and local ecosystems, it is imperative that we consider its enduring effects on…
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After Devastating Floods, Officials Hope Changes Have Made A Lake Superior Harbor More Resilient

By Danielle Kaeding   06/24/21  
Oronto Creek is hardly more than a trickle now as it bends along Saxon Harbor toward Lake Superior. But almost five years ago, the gentle stream resembled a raging river that scoured its marina and campground.
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Environmental Advocates Push For Increased Investment In State’s Electric Car Infrastructure

By Hope Kirwan   06/24/21  
A Wisconsin lawmaker and state climate groups are pushing for stronger clean car standards and new investment in electric vehicle infrastructure at the state and federal level.
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Biden’s Budget Would Increase Funding For Great Lakes, Water Infrastructure

By Danielle Kaeding   06/03/21  
Advocates for the Great Lakes see President Biden’s budget and jobs plan as an opportunity to boost funding for restoration projects and outdated water infrastructure in the region. But, the president’s proposals face significant hurdles…
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STUDY: AV Taxis Would Speed Up Climate Change

By Kea Wilson   06/03/21  
Worse, the study found that AVs could tempt erstwhile transit passengers to abandon fixed-route buses or their bikes, even in the transit-rich and Platinum Bicycle Friendly community of Madison.
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Al Gedicks: Climate change threatens Wisconsin’s dams

By Al Gedicks   05/30/21  
May 31 is National Dam Safety Awareness Day. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources notes that this day was established to commemorate the 2,200 people who died in the 1889 South Fork Dam failure near…
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New Monroe County Project Aims To Reduce Impacts Of Climate Change, Make Conservation Profitable

By Hope Kirwan   05/10/21  
The Monroe County Climate Readiness and Rural Economic Opportunity Assessment is an eight-month project led by the county’s Climate Change Task Force and advocacy group Wisconsin’s Green Fire.
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Ask the Weather Guys: Why do we have a new normal in weather?

By John Hart   05/10/21  
Why do we have a new normal in weather?A: The National Ocean and Atmosphere Administration’s National Climatic Data Center (or NCDC) calculates the average weather conditions over a 30-year period for more than 7,500 locations…
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Climate change is bringing heavier rains. Here are steps Wisconsin communities are taking to combat flooding.

By Laura Schulte   05/09/21  
 Long before climate change became a global concern, this small southwestern Wisconsin community knew it had to do something to deal with persistent severe flooding.
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NOAA releases new 30-year climate normals; Northeast Wisconsin generally warmer and wetter

By Phil DeCastro   05/05/21  
If you've ever heard us refer to "normal" snowfall or precipitation or "average" highs and lows, the numbers we're talking about are actually 30-year averages. For the last 10 years, that period ran from 1981…
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Co-Op Offering Low-Interest Loans to Farms for Clean Energy Investments

By Jane Marsh   04/22/21  
Organic Valley, a Wisconsin-based co-op, is partnering with Clean Energy Credit Union to offer low-interest loans to farms for clean energy investments. The cooperative has been reliant upon renewables since 2019.
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Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson Calls for Milwaukee County to Go Carbon Neutral, Battle Climate Change

By Hayley Crandall   04/17/21  
The Committee on Parks, Energy, and Environment has recommended adoption of two climate change combat proposals sponsored by Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson, a press release announced earlier this week.
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Evers’ budget plan big on climate change measures

By WisPolitics.com   04/16/21  
Gov. Tony Evers’ budget includes some three dozen recommendations from his Climate Change Task Force, including tens of millions in new investments in green jobs, conservation efforts and renewable energy.
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More clean energy to come to Wisconsin through American Jobs Plan

By Jenna Bree   04/14/21  
President Joe Biden recently unveiled the second part of his Build Back Better agenda, the American Jobs Plan. The Need for Action in Wisconsin fact sheet lays out information on how the $2.7 trillion proposal would directly…
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Wisconsin Medical Professionals Share Climate Change Concerns, Support Clean Energy Policy Changes

By Katie Thoresen   04/13/21  
Clean air, safe drinking water, and secure shelter can all impact a person’s health. They’re also all threatened by climate change.
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Wisconsin Declares State of Emergency Due to High Wildfire Risk

By Olivia Rosane   04/06/21  
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency on Monday due to heightened wildfire risk.  
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Evers directs millions for climate change initiatives in budget, putting focus on green energy in Wisconsin

By Laura Schulte   04/03/21  
Gov. Tony Evers is hoping to fight back against the effects of climate change on Wisconsin through millions of dollars for initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy and helping communities prepare for…
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This is How Much Renewable Energy Wisconsin is Producing

By Samuel Stebbins and Grant Suneson   04/01/21  
Within weeks of taking office, President Joe Biden issued a series of executive orders aimed at making the U.S. carbon neutral by 2050. This goal hinges on eliminating greenhouse gas emissions in electricity production
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A fight is brewing over an oil pipeline and it’s pitting Native groups against Big Oil

By Kailani Koenig and Cal Perry   03/27/21  
On the edge of the Mississippi River in Northern Minnesota, Tania Aubid stares at the slushy waters that thaw a little more with every passing spring day. Once the river is no longer frozen, she’s…
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WATCH NOW: ‘Wisconsin 7’ celebrates end of fast, which called attention to state budget, climate change

By Dan Truttschel   03/26/21  
Twenty-two days since it began, the group dubbed the “Wisconsin 7” put an end to its fast for climate change Friday morning.
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The Indigenous-led fight to stop the Line 3 oil pipeline expansion in Minnesota, explained

By Jariel Arvin   03/25/21  
“Valentine’s Day is about love and having that love for your partner — but for me to have the love, I need to start from the ground up, which is Mother Earth,” Aubid told me.…
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Organic Valley Launches Loan Program For Clean Energy Projects On Farms

By Hope Kirwan   03/24/21  
A Wisconsin-based organic cooperative is offering farms low-interest loans to invest in clean energy projects.
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Seven Wisconsin Activists Fast for Climate Justice

By Quinn Clark   03/22/21  
Whether it’s the middle of the day or the dead of night, long-time Milwaukee activist Tory Lowe says he doesn’t think twice when he gets a call asking for help. Over time, he’s realized that…
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On day 15 of 22-day fast supporting climate change legislation, the ‘Wisconsin 7’ rally in Racine

By Dee Holzel   03/21/21  
 Friday was day 15 of a 22-day fast for seven people in southeast Wisconsin working to bring greater awareness to climate justice.
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Climate change activists rally in Milwaukee to push funding for eco-friendly initiatives

By CBS 58 Newsroom   03/21/21  
Climate change activists rallied to push for funding for eco-friendly initiatives on Sunday, March 21.
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As spring thaws the Minnesota ice, a new pipeline battle fires up

By Bill Weir   03/20/21  
In the north woods of Minnesota, the mighty Mississippi River looks like a frozen creek. After a bitter February, you can stroll across it with more fear of windburn than thin ice. And if you…
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UW study: Climate change linked to longer ‘dead zones’ in lakes

By Shelby Evans   03/20/21  
A newly published study done on Lake Mendota says climate change is linked to longer lasting dead zones.
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Why Line 3? Why now?

By Emily Atkin   03/15/21  
Tania Aubid has not eaten solid food for 26 days, but she still has energy to yell at the cops. “No jurisdiction!!” she bellowed at two passing sheriff vehicles on Thursday from a blue beach…
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State Regulators Seek A Roadmap Toward A Clean Energy Future

By Danielle Kaeding   03/12/21  
Wisconsin’s electric utilities are already transitioning away from fossil fuels in their power mix. Now, regulators will investigate how the state can chart a course toward a clean energy future while maintaining reliable and affordable…
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Renewable Energy Group Sues Regulators, Hoping To Remove Barriers To Clean Energy Development

By Danielle Kaeding   02/26/21  
A renewable energy group is suing state regulators about policies they argue stifle Wisconsin's clean energy economy and interfere with residents' and businesses' ability to access alternative energy.
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We Energies: Largest rooftop solar panel system in Wisconsin history now sending clean energy to customers

02/01/21  
A record-breaking project between We Energies and Harley-Davidson is creating clean energy for customers across the state. Nearly 8,400 solar panels on top of the Harley-Davidson’s Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility in Menomonee Falls went…
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Organizations announce intent to pursue conservation and profitable farming

By Gillian Pomplun   01/08/21  
On the Winter Solstice, December 21, four organizations issued a joint announcement about a partnership to protect clean water and thriving farms. Those organizations are Clean Wisconsin, the Dairy Business Association, the Nature Conservancy, and…
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How a small Wisconsin city became a renewable energy leader

By Stephanie Manuzak   01/07/21  
With a population of only about 16,000, River Falls, Wisconsin, is not a big city, but it’s taken big steps to promote renewable energy and help its residents cut carbon pollution. “You build up a…
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Wisconsin City and its School District Sets Goal for 100% Renewable Energy Use by 2040

By Emily Holbrook   01/04/21  
Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) today filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) for approval of an agreement to partner with the City of Madison and the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) on…
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Here’s why Wisconsin is rapidly switching from coal to solar

By Michelle Lewis   01/04/21  
Michael Vickerman, policy director for nonprofit green energy promoter RENEW Wisconsin, says that’s enough capacity to account for roughly 7% of the state’s annual electricity use, according to Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR).
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Wisconsin City and its School District Sets Goal for 100% Renewable Energy Use by 2040

By Emily Holbrook   01/04/21  
Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) today filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) for approval of an agreement to partner with the City of Madison and the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) on…
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Wisconsin city braces for protest as charging decision looms

By Todd Richmond   01/04/21  
A southeastern Wisconsin city braced for another round of protests as prosecutors prepared to announce whether they’ll charge a white police officer who shot a Black man in the back, leaving him paralyzed.
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Amid efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Tony Evers’ administration eyes Wisconsin building codes

By Chris Hubbuch   01/04/21  
In the story of climate change, smokestacks and tailpipes are the stock villains, spewing carbon dioxide into the air.
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Wisconsin regulators to update 17-year-old rules on customer-owned power sources

By Chris Hubbuch   01/01/21  
In a move that could make it easier for homeowners and businesses to generate their own electricity, Wisconsin regulators plan to update the state’s 17-year-old rules on customer-owned energy sources.
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Wisconsin Witnessing Rapid Transition To Solar Energy

By Danielle Kaeding   12/31/20  
Wisconsin is seeing a rapid conversion to solar energy as a growing number of utilities set goals to go carbon neutral by 2050. The investment comes despite challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Flood Concerns at Center of WI Climate Report

12/28/20  
MADISON, Wis. -- Reducing the threat of historic floods in Wisconsin is being touted as a key benefit of this month's report from the Governor's Task Force on Climate Change.
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Wisconsin Lt. Gov. hopes new year brings new action on climate change

By Amy Reid   12/24/20  
M Wisconsin is approaching the start of a new legislative session in the new year, and along with relief for the coronavirus legislators could tackle proposals for combatting climate change.
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New report assesses Wisconsin’s preparedness on climate change and health

By CBS58 Newsroom   12/22/20  
Director of Communications at Trust for America’s Health Rhea Farberman joined CBS 58 to explain the report’s findings for Wisconsin.
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Climate change brings new look at benefits of hydroelectric power

By Chris Hubbuch   12/21/20  
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) — Decades before the construction of Wisconsin’s first coal-fired generator, an engineer named Magnus Swenson and his partners had begun harnassing the power of the Wisconsin River behind a wall of…
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