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

Labor, Construction, Business, and Community Voices Come Together to Urge Army Corp of Engineers to Approve Permits to Allow Line 5 Reroute Project to Move Forward

06/07/24
Hundreds share comments at a public hearing to show support for the project, highlight its impact and the potential results if Line 5 was not in operation
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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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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

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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What Is Killing Wisconsin’s Bald Eagles?

By Rachel Nuwer   12/20/20  
When Tony Goldberg received an exuberant, enigmatic text message—“You gotta come into the lab!”—the epidemiologist turned his car around and headed straight back to his office at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He found his…
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Wisconsin’s Original Renewables Roll With Climate Change

By Chris Hubbuch   12/19/20  
Decades before the construction of Wisconsin’s first coal-fired generator, an engineer named Magnus Swenson and his partners harnessed the power of the Wisconsin River behind a wall of concrete.
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Regulators urge Wisconsin utilities to develop electric vehicle programs

By Chris Hubbuch   12/18/20  
Wisconsin regulators are encouraging utilities to offer electric vehicle charging programs to address the fast-growing market.
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Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes: We must take climate change action now for the sake of future generations

By Mandela Barnes   12/17/20  
Last December, 32 people representing different communities and industries throughout our state came together with a common goal: to create an ambitious foundation for our state’s climate work and to help usher in a clean…
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Industry and eco-advocates join forces on climate change

By Isiah Holmes   12/17/20  
Adapting to climate change in Wisconsin remains a uniting cause across the state. Climate change related issues have effects on everything from industry to the very cycles of nature. Particularly for states like Wisconsin, which…
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Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change Reports Strategies to Address Climate Change

By Michael Best   12/15/20  
On December 9, 2020, the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change released its final report outlining an array of policy options and implementation strategies for Wisconsin to address growing concerns of the effects of climate…
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State ag leaders weigh in on climate change task force report

12/15/20  
A bipartisan task force that brought together environmentalists, the energy industry and others released its recommendations Wednesday for how Wisconsin might bolster its economy while addressing climate change.
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FERC extends license of Pine River dam despite historic removal agreement

By Chris Hubbuch   12/14/20  
Disregarding a longstanding legal agreement to remove it, federal regulators have extended the license of northern Wisconsin hydroelectric dam until 2040.
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As Wisconsin transitions to a cleaner grid, can the original renewable energy contribute?

By Chris Hubbuch   12/14/20  
WISCONSIN DELLS — Decades before the construction of Wisconsin’s first coal-fired generator, an engineer named Magnus Swenson and his partners harnessed the power of the Wisconsin River behind a wall of concrete.
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Ag, Conservation Groups Step Up Drive to Tackle Climate Change

By Mike Moen   12/14/20  
Wisconsin is among the states where a number of farmers have adopted conservation practices - to help tackle climate change issues and improve the health of their land. A new national alliance aims to broaden…
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Warming winters: How climate change is affecting southeast Wisconsin

By Kristen Kirchhaine   12/13/20  
MILWAUKEE — Winter is getting warmer, and data shows the rate of warming is especially significant around the Great Lakes and Northeastern U.S.. Temperature data shows in the last 50 years in Milwaukee the average…
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WI Lawmaker Joins Nonpartisan Push for Climate-Change Action

12/12/20  
A Wisconsin lawmaker is part of a network of state and local elected officials calling for serious action on climate change, right away.
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Climate Central Report Shows Warming Winters, Task Force Lays Out Strategy to Combat Climate Change

By Katie Thoresen   12/11/20  
“The main enjoyment cross country skiing, but I certainly enjoy everything else about winter the beauty of the snow, particularly mixed in with the evergreens that we have up here,” he said.
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Climate change task force report proposes policy strategies, emphasizes environmental justice

By Hope Karnopp   12/11/20  
The Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change released its 120-page report for Gov. Tony Evers Wednesday detailing 55 policy strategies across nine sectors to mitigate climate change in the state.
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Wisconsin climate task force releases its recommendations

By Scott Bauer   12/11/20  
A bipartisan task force that brought together environmentalists, the energy industry and others released its recommendations Wednesday for how Wisconsin might bolster its economy while addressing climate change.
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Utility definition continues to dog regulators as PSC considers Milwaukee solar case

By Chris Hubbuch   09/04/20  
Despite multiple attempts to sidestep the issue, Wisconsin regulators continue to wrestle with the legal question of who is allowed to sell electricity.
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Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…
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Wisconsin Farmers Union grapples with climate change

By Henry Redman   08/14/20  
Wisconsin’s agriculture industry is contributing to climate change even as the state’s family farmers are set to be drastically hurt by its effects. Large-scale dairy farming increases bacteria and nitrate levels in groundwater while large…
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RENEW Wisconsin names Allen as executive director

08/11/20  
RENEW Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization that promotes renewable energy in Wisconsin, has named Heather Allen as executive director.
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MGE expands community solar program with $9M Middleton airport project

By Chris Hubbuch   08/07/20  
As the leader of a nonprofit that relies on donations, Middleton Outreach Ministry director Ellen Carlson said she tries to put as much of every dollar raised toward providing food and housing support. But operating…
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The Fight For The Lakes: Eutrophication in Madison Waterways

By Owen Tsao   08/07/20  
As summer in Wisconsin reaches its zenith, new dangers await in Madison lakes. According to the Wisconsin Public Radio, 2020 is shaping up to be another ample year for blue-green algae blooms. Blue-green algae, or…
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Taking Charge: Wisconsin’s newest utility commissioner on the state’s ‘utility-scale changeover’

By Catherine Morehouse   07/06/20  
Wisconsin's historical reliance on coal-generated power has shifted toward renewable energy and natural gas in recent years. Though the state is not yet able to compete with Minnesota on solar or Iowa on its abundant…
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From rust to resilience: What climate change means for Great Lakes cities

By Kari Lydersen   04/21/20  
Even as Great Lakes cities cope with economic turbulence, climate change brings new challenges and opportunities. ...
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Wisconsin biogas gas producer sees potential in thermal renewable credits

By Frank Jossi   04/21/20  
Verified thermal energy credits could do for methane capture what renewable energy credits did for wind and solar power.
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Downloadable tool helps people choose the right plants for their rain gardens

04/10/20  
As downpours become more common, many people are installing rain gardens – landscaped depressions in the ground that can capture excess stormwater. But not every plant works well in every rain garden.
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Evers Signs Bill Restricting Use Of Firefighting Foam Containing PFAS

By Marti Mikkelson   02/05/20  
Foam containing PFAS could be used in testing as long as the facility has implemented state-approved containment and disposal measures to prevent released into the environment.
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Health Officials (Mostly) Not Waiting to Act on Climate

By Juanita Constible   07/09/19  
A new report released by EcoAdapt with the support of NRDC finds that public health departments in 16 U.S. states are building their capacity to deal with the myriad health harms of climate disruption—even if…
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How energy efficiency is paying off in Wisconsin

By Daisy Simmons/ChavoBart Digital Media   05/24/19  
Every dollar spent by a utility-funded program results in more than $5 in benefits.
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E.P.A. Experts Objected to ‘Misleading’ Agency Smog Decision, Emails Show

By Lisa Friedman   05/24/19  
Newly released emails show that Environmental Protection Agency scientists raised strong objections to a 2018 decision by Scott Pruitt, who was head of the agency at the time, to exempt most of southeastern Wisconsin from…
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Great Lakes states are warming faster than the rest of the country, more flooding is in store, new report says

By Lee Bergquist   03/22/19  
The Great Lakes — already feeling the impacts of climate change — face more threats in the coming decades, ranging from increased flooding and higher temperatures to deteriorating water quality and fluctuating lake levels.
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Hundreds Rally At Wisconsin Capitol To Protest Climate Change Inaction

By Bridgit Bowden and The Associated Press   03/15/19  
Hundreds of students from across south-central Wisconsin left class Friday, gathering outside the state Capitol to protest what they see as a lack of government action to combat climate change.
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How Could Environmental Policy Change Under Evers?

By Mary Kate McCoy   02/28/19  
Gov. Tony Evers announced earlier this month that Wisconsin would join the U.S. Climate Alliance, along with 21 other governors, working to cut greenhouse gas emission targets set by the Paris Climate Agreement over the…
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Gov. Evers Announces Plan to Join U.S. Climate Alliance

By WKOW   02/12/19  
Gov. Tony Evers announced he plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors “committed to implementing the Paris climate accord on a state level to combat climate change.”
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Without Reliable Snow, Dogsledders Turn to Dryland Racing

By Anna Belle Peevey   12/22/17  
Northern Wisconsin is still a frigid place come winter, but as the state has warmed, the certainty of snow has gradually vanished, leaving the traditional winter dogsledding races frequently canceled for lack of good powder.
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Wisconsin’s Emergency Managers Plan for Climate Change

By Rob Moore   06/19/17  
Wisconsin has earned a reputation for eschewing climate science and the potential impacts of climate change under Governor Scott Walker’s administration. But a plan finalized by the state’s Emergency Management agency in December and released…
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