October 2019 Director’s Note

October was marked with significant progress toward the clean energy transition in Wisconsin and globally. In Wisconsin, the major advancement was Alliant Energy’s announcement to build 1,000 megawatts (1 gigawatt) of solar energy in Wisconsin …

July 2019 Director’s Note

July 2019’s news reflects Wisconsin’s escalating engagement in a rapid transformation to clean energy. Strong opposition to We Energies’ filing for a solar surcharge on individuals and small business that have installed their own solar …

June 2019 Director’s Note

Summer Solstice just passed, so we’re half way through 2019 and only 6 years away from 2025 – the year to achieve Energy Independent Community (EIC) Goals. More than 140 Wisconsin communities signed EIC resolutions (many …

May 2019 Director’s Note

Three transformational milestones toward a clean energy economy have just been reached: 1) one in five Americans now live in states committed to 100 percent clean power; 2) renewables generated more electricity than coal for a month …

April 2019 Director’s Note

April is the month of Earth Day (April 22), started in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, and now celebrated in nearly 200 countries worldwide. Twenty million people participated in the first Earth Day, created …

March 2019 Director’s Note

Since 2014, Wisconsin municipalities, tribes, school districts, and nonprofits have entered into public-private partnerships with third–party private businesses, which can take advantage of federal tax credits, as a way to finance solar PV projects on their property …

February 2019 Director’s Note

Large-Scale Solar and Agriculture The rural Midwest added 2.3 gigawatts of wind and solar in 2017 and clean energy (including energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation fuels) became a central driver of the rural economy. …

January 2019 Director’s Note

2018 was the year Wisconsin reached 100 MW of renewable energy generation. Renewable energy systems were installed by homeowners, farmers, businesses large and small, tribes, local governments, schools, not-for-profits, places of worship and higher education. …