Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle substantially increased the state’s Renewable Portfolio standard by signing Senate Bill 459, the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Act, on March 21, 2006. The revised RPS requires utilities to produce 10 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015. The Act increases funding to local governments for energy efficiency projects and requires Wisconsin utilities to directly support energy efficiency programs (ensuring that $85 million a year is spent to promote energy efficiency). It also requires the state to support the research and development of agricultural digesters and to launch a pilot residential heating program using leftover corn plants. Finally, the legislation requires the state to purchase 20 percent of the energy for the six largest state agencies from renewable sources by 2011, to include higher energy efficiency standards in building codes, and to create specific energy standards for state building projects.
Map of States with Renewable Portfolio Standards