In March 2006, Wisconsin enacted Act 141 (2005), which requires the commission to revise goals, priorities, and measurable targets for energy efficiency programs every 4 years. An order issued by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in November 2010 set annual percentage targets for electricity and natural gas reductions for the first 4-year planning period (2011-2014). Funding is provided by ratepayers to the utilities' statewide energy efficiency program (Focus on Energy) in order to achieve these goals, with the funding levels increasing each year.
The Economic Development Tax Credit (ETC) program was enacted in 2009 and eliminated five existing tax credit programs (Agricultural Development Zones, Airport Development Zones, Community Development Zones, Enterprise Development Zones and Technology Zones) and replaced them with a comprehensive program enabling businesses to earn tax credits based on jobs, capital investment, training and the location or retention of corporate headquarters.
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative offers rebates to residential customers for the purchase of energy efficient appliances, central and room air conditioners, air source and geothermal heat pumps, dehumidifiers, water heaters, and home performance evaluations. All equipment requirements must be met in order to be eligible for prescriptive rebates listed above. Eau Claire Energy Cooperative members may also participate in the Focus on Energy incentive offerings, which may provide rebates for equipment not offered through this program.
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative offers rebates to commercial and agricultural customers for the purchase of energy efficient appliances, central air conditioners, air source and geothermal heat pumps, water heaters, and agricultural equipment. Customers who install energy efficiency measures or equipment not listed on this program may still be eligible for rebates through the Focus on Energy program. Some rebates vary by the size, efficiency or capacity of the purchased equipment.
The Development Opportunity Zone Credits incent new and expanding businesses in the Cities of Beloit, Janesville and Kenosha by providing non-refundable tax credits to assist with the creation and retention of new, full-time jobs, environmental remediation, and capital investment.
The Focus on Energy Design Assistance Program provides design professionals, builders and developers of new buildings with whole building energy analysis tools. The program offers incentives to reduce the upfront cost of measures that increase the efficiency of commercial, industrial, and multi-family buildings (4 or more units) that exceed Wisconsin codes and standards. Design teams are eligible to receive incentives between $0.012 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) saved to $0.015 per kWh saved.
These regulations apply to dams that are not owned by the U.S. government and (a) have a structural height of more than 6 feet and a maximum storage capacity of 50 acre–feet or more of water, (b) have a structural height of 25 feet or more and a maximum storage capacity of more than 15 acre–feet of water, or (c) have a structural height of 6 feet or less or a maximum storage capacity of less than 50 acre–feet of water if the department determines that the dam is likely to endanger life, health or property if it is not designed, constructed or reconstructed in accordance with this chapter.
In April 2007, Governor Doyle signed Executive Order 191 which brought together a prominent and diverse group of key Wisconsin business, industry, government, energy and environmental leaders to create a Task Force on Global Warming. The Task Force proposed measures to reduce a variety of the state's greenhouse gas emissions. In July 2008, the Task Force voted overwhelmingly to approve the final report and recommendations, Wisconsin's Strategy for Reducing Global Warming, and forwarded the document on to Governor Doyle for consideration.
Beginning July 28, 2011, the City of Milwaukee will be offering low-interest loans for solar energy under its Milwaukee Shines Solar Financing program. Loans are available to homeowners of 1-3 unit, owner-occupied homes in Milwaukee. Interest rate maximum is prime rate plus 2.5%, and as low as prime plus 1.5%. Loans are limited to $20,000 and 15 years. Eligible equipment includes solar electric systems of up to 6 kilowatts (kW) and solar hot water systems of up to 8 panels. Projects must be installed by a Focus on Energy Residential Ally installer.