Over the next year, Wisconsin’s clean energy sector is expected to add more than 1,000 jobs to its nearly 25,000 strong clean economy workforce.
The state has installed wind capacity of 648 MW, ranking 22nd across the country, even though no major development has happened in the last 5 years. Recently, EDP Renewables announced plans to build a 99W wind farm in the rural Lafayette county, valued at $200 million.
The state is party to the lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan. In February, Gov Scott Walker issued an executive order prohibiting any government officials from developing or promoting the development of a compliance for CPP.
Wisconsin is Vulnerable to Climate Change:
The Midwest region is susceptible to extreme heat events, increased rainfall and flooding, and increased risks to the Great Lakes including unprecedented algae bloom.
Over the past 30 years, the Madison/Milwaukee region has witnessed only 1.2 days per year on average of temperatures over 95°F. This will shoot up to nearly two of months in the region by the end of the century. Simultaneously, below freezing days will reduce from 137 days on average presently to 50 days by the century's end.