2006 - Statewide Victory

Clean Energy Bill signed into law

With more than 90 percent of Wisconsin’s energy coming from dirty coal power plants or dangerous and expensive nuclear plants, it was high time to make a commitment to clean energy. On March 17th, 2006, Gov. Doyle signed Senate Bill 459 into law. The bill required Wisconsin to produce 10 percent of energy generated in Wisconsin from clean, renewable sources like wind and solar. In addition, it protects the Focus on Energy Fund, which promotes energy conservation and efficiency and explores renewable energy technologies. During the months leading up to the vote, thousands of voters called or wrote their legislators, submitted letters to their local newspapers, and signed statements of support for clean energy. In addition, 250 citizens representing 100 organizations converged on the Capitol for Conservation Lobby Day to call for passage of a strong clean energy bill.