The Clean Economy Coalition of Wisconsin (CECW) is marking the first anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the first major piece of legislation passed by Congress to address climate change. This landmark legislation has set in motion a number of advancements across the state, accelerating the state’s transition to a clean energy economy.
The Clean Economy Coalition of Wisconsin applauds Governor Tony Evers for his visionary leadership in protecting the state’s clean economy. His recent legislative vetoes of bills that would have prevented Wisconsin communities from barring the use of vehicles and appliances powered by fossil fuels are a testament of his dedication to fostering a sustainable and prosperous future for Wisconsin.
This commitment to promoting clean energy technologies not only prioritizes the wellbeing of our environment and the health of our citizens, but also takes a proactive stance in steering Wisconsin’s economy towards a greener, more resilient path.
As innovative clean energy technologies and industries continue to evolve and become more accessible to Wisconsinites, our state should be working to make it easier and more equitable to adopt these new sources. This approach will help accelerate the state’s transformation to a clean energy economy and achieve ourdecarbonization goals.
The CECW celebrates the appointment of 5 partners to the Governor’s Green Ribbon Commission on Clean Energy and Environmental Innovation. The creation of the Commission on Clean Energy and Environmental Innovation will advise on creating the state’s first Green Innovation Fund – commonly known as a “Green Bank.” Wisconsin’s Green Innovation Fund will leverage public and private financing to invest in projects that provide environmental and clean energy solutions and advance the state’s efforts to become carbon-free by 2050.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, Milwaukee County Executive David County and many others were in attendance to support the public launch of the Clean Economy Coalition of Wisconsin on March 29th. The Coalition’s goals are to advocate for people-centered policies – across all levels of government – that improve Wisconsinites’ quality of life, protect our state’s vibrant landscape and unlock economic opportunity.
RENEW Wisconsin and Clean Wisconsin have developed a detailed energy and economic modeling that shows Wisconsin can cost-effectively transition to net zero emissions by 2050. Achieving a net-zero economy brings eye-opening benefits:
$2-4.4 billion in avoided healthcare costs in 2050
28 to 63 fewer deaths per million people from air pollution in 2050
Growth in Gross State Product by approximately 3%, adding around $16 billion to Wisconsin’s economy and 68,000 additional Wisconsin jobs
Lower out-of-pocket costs for fuel and energy
An astounding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions—some 122 million metric tons by 2050
To challenge We Energies’ request to increase electricity and gas rates by at least 13% across the state, Clean Economy Coalition of Wisconsin partner Walnut Way Conservation Corp. has stepped up as an intervenor in the case in front of the Public Service Commission. Other partners are providing support to challenge these increases – including Clean Wisconsin, Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action, Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Sierra Club – which would disproportionately affect Black, Hispanic and Latinx neighborhoods.
In April 2022, Governor Tony Evers introduced Wisconsin’s first-ever Clean Energy Plan. The plan, which was developed with input from hundreds of stakeholders including members of the Coalition for a Clean Economy, provides a pathway for Wisconsin to build a robust clean energy workforce, save billions of dollars, and become more energy independent.