GREEN RIBBON COMMISSION ON CLEAN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION
A COMMISSION DEDICATED TO CLEAN ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES
Driving a clean energy economy
Wisconsin’s extensive history of technological innovation and ingenuity places it at the forefront of pioneering technological advancements in the clean energy sector. With a remarkable distinction of being ranked first nationwide for manufacturing jobs as a proportion of the state’s workforce, and boasting a substantial energy workforce of over 140,000 employees, constituting 1.8% of the total U.S. energy job market, Wisconsin is strategically embarking on the implementation of its first-ever Clean Energy Plan…
This comprehensive strategy is designed to achieve several key objectives. First, it aims to lower energy bills for families, fostering economic relief. Second, the plan seeks to reduce reliance on energy sources from other states, thus enhancing energy security. Third, a pivotal facet of the strategy involves investments in job and apprenticeship training, positioning the state to build a skilled workforce equipped to thrive in the evolving landscape of clean energy technology.
The Green Ribbon Commission on Clean Energy and Environmental Innovation was created by Governor Evers’ Executive Order #195. WEDC and the Department of Administration will evaluate models for Wisconsin’s Green Innovation Fund. This fund will use a combination of public funds and private investment to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the state and in preparation for relevant funding opportunities from the federal government. Recent federal action offers multiple funding opportunities to invest in environmental and clean energy technology development, including climate resilience.
Commission members, appointed by Governor Evers, represent the state’s geographic diversity as well as the many industries and professions our communities rely upon to thrive. Our state and commissioners share a vision where mitigating climate change, protecting the environment, creating good-paying jobs, and supporting economic development are not mutually exclusive.
Meetings and listening sessions help gather input
Meetings and listening sessions will be held to gather community and stakeholder input on the establishment of the fund. This includes consultation with Tribal Nations in Wisconsin.
GREEN RIBBON COMMISSION
Read the executive order on the creation of the Governor’s “Green Ribbon Commission on Clean Energy and Environmental Innovation”