Wisconsin Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Wisconsin Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy portfolio standards: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 196.377 and WSA 196.378

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Siting wind energy systems: Public Service Commission (PSC) 128.01 to 128.61

Regulatory Agency

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC)

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Wisconsin state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard and has implemented regulations governing the siting of wind energy systems.

Administration and enforcement. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin administers the state's renewable energy portfolio standard. The wind energy system siting requirements are administered and enforced by the PSC and local political subdivisions.

State Requirements


Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards

WSA 196.377 and WSA 196.378

The state goal is that 10 percent of all electric energy consumed in Wisconsin be from renewable energy resources by December 31, 2015. Utility companies must provide power from renewable energy resources as follows:

  • 2006: no decrease from the baseline percentage (average of renewable resources used in 2001, 2002, and 2003)
  • 2007: no decrease from the baseline percentage
  • 2008: no decrease from the baseline percentage
  • 2009: no decrease from the baseline percentage
  • 2010: at least a 2 percent increase from the baseline percentage
  • 2011: no decrease from the 2010 level
  • 2012: no decrease from the 2010 level
  • 2013: no ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements