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Wisconsin's Strategy for Reducing Global Warming

Date Last Updated8/5/2013
Policy TypeState Climate Change Plan
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeGovernor's Task Force on Global Warming
Policy Initiation Date7/24/2008
Policy SummaryOn July 24, 2008, the Task Force on Global Warming finalized its climate action report and forwarded it to Governor Doyle for consideration.

The 2008 report outlines a "Cogeneration Incentives" policy recommendation for the state to establish policies, incentives, and information to identify and install new CHP systems and facilitate the decommissioning of older, high emission sources and the replacement of these units with CHP systems to reduce GHG emissions. Specific components of the policy proposal include:
  • Conducting a review of applicable statutes and regulations that may inhibit the sale of electricity and steam from CHP systems.
  • Funding site specific feasibility studies and consider incentive programs through the Focus on Energy program.
  • Providing information for utilities and developers on CHP systems, including a statewide survey of large users of thermal energy and a database where industries can report thermal needs.
  • Conducting an evaluation of regulatory obstacles to the installation of CHP systems.
  • Establishing tax incentives to utilize thermal energy.
  • Expanding the definition of renewable resources as part of an enhanced renewable portfolio standard.
  • Conducting a study to identify which existing steam facilities can be replaced with CHP plants.
Policy Targets/Compliance DeadlinesThe report estimates that this policy will result in the deployment of 250 MW of CHP by 2020 and an additional 250 MW of CHP by 2030.
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