Wisconsin Counties Pick up the PACE

Dunn and La Crosse County Boards joined Eau Claire County in approving a model ordinance on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. Chippewa and Iowa counties among others will consider adopting PACE as well. As reported in Energy On Wisconsin April news, PACE is a local economic development tool that funds the upfront costs of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation upgrades by commercial and industrial sectors without taxpayer assistance.

Organizations including the Wisconsin Counties Association, League of Municipalities, Green Tier Legacy Communities and others are spearheading this initiative. They and participating municipalities have formed a PACE Commission, administered by a nonprofit organization, to create uniform standards statewide and minimize any administrative burdens to municipalities related to assessing charges, collecting payments, etc. The new PACE Commission will hold their first meeting in late July early August. For more information, click on this fact sheet. It provides contact information for questions or comments as well.