March 2006 - On March 17, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed into law Senate Bill 459, the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Act, which requires the state to leverage its buying power to purchase 20% of the energy for the six largest state agencies from renewable sources by 2011. The new law also significantly expands the state's renewable portfolio standard, requiring that 10% of the state's electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2015, compared to 2.2% by 2011 under an earlier law.
The legislation is the result of recommendations made by Governor Doyle's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables, which was formed in 2003 to find commonsense, creative solutions to increase the state's use of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
News Release - Governor Doyle Signs Senate Bill 459, Bipartisan Energy Efficiency and Renewables Legislation
Governor's Office Contact: Anne Lupardus 608-261-2162