Gov. Tony Evers has demonstrated his commitment to clean energy, putting Wisconsin on a path toward 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Communities across the state are leading that charge by taking steps locally to embrace clean energy policy and goals.
In Eau Claire, the city council has pledged to work toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The City of Green Bay recently approved a Sustainability Commission that will work to find local clean energy solutions. Dane County has invested heavily in clean energy programs like methane capture from its landfill to run its snowplow fleet and solar panels to save millions in electricity costs each year.
The Governor's Task Force on Climate Change
Gov. Tony Evers formed the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change in October 2019 to help Wisconsin chart a path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050. Chaired by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and comprised of a variety of stakeholders, the task force developed a strategy to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change for the benefit of all Wisconsin communities. The task force outlined its work in its Climate Change Report.
The Clean Energy Plan
In April 2022, Gov. Tony Evers released the Clean Energy Plan. The Clean Energy Plan constitutes the strongest roadmap to climate justice and clean energy in Wisconsin history. You can read the full Clean Energy Plan here.
The Clean Energy plan charts a path to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 while making investments to strengthen our economy – with a focus on equity and justice. Wisconsin currently sends $14 billion out-of-state for fossil fuels. Investing in clean energy workforce development at home will lift us all – especially communities most impacted by climate change. The plan includes a job training programs and estimates over 40,000 new jobs will be created by 2030.
Gov. Evers gathered input from Tribal Nations, frontline communities, and other groups to develop equitable solutions that address the needs of everyone in the state. People from across Wisconsin – with conservation voters at the forefront – volunteered, showed support at events, and lobbied elected leaders to power this incredible achievement.
The Clean Energy Plan is a process that requires collective action. We can only transition our state to clean energy if we work together to get there. You can take action right now to send a letter to Gov. Ever's thanking him for his commitment to clean energy and pledging to make the Clean Energy Plan a reality.
Here's a list of some of the great work the Evers Administration has already done:
- Gov. Evers establishes the Office of Environmental Justice
- Clean energy advocates release the Wisconsin Clean Energy Toolkit
- Gov. Evers creates the Task Force on Climate Change
- Gov. Evers issues an executive order to address PFAS
- Attorney General Josh Kaul joins lawsuit against Trump’s "Dirty Power Rule"
- Gov. Evers creates an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy
- Gov. Evers issues an executive order addressing lead exposure in drinking water
- Gov. Tony Evers proclaims 2019 the "Year of Clean Drinking Water"