The Idle Industrial Sites Redevelopment Program offers grants of up to $1,000,000 to Wisconsin communities for implementation of redevelopment plans for large industrial sites that have been idle, abandoned, or underutilized for a period of at least five years. Approved projects can use funds for demolition, environmental remediation, or site-specific improvements defined in a redevelopment plan to advance the site to shovel ready status or enhance the site’s market attractiveness.
Through the Home Performance with Energy Star program, Focus on Energy offers instant rewards for installing select recommended efficiency measures following a home energy audit. Energy consultants inspect home energy systems, help identify the most effective measures for increasing home efficiency, and offer an instant reward on completed work based on recommendations. Rewards are available for insulation and sealing improvements for 33.3% of improvement costs up to $1,500.
Through the [http://dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=WI88F&re=0&ee=0 Home Performance with Energy Star program], Focus on Energy offers in-home energy audits and cash incentives for installing select recommended efficiency measures. Energy consultants inspect home energy systems, help identify the most effective measures for increasing home efficiency, and assist participants in applying for incentives.
Under terms of legislation (SB 459) enacted in March 2006, Wisconsin's Departments of Administration, Corrections, Health and Family Services, Public Instruction, Veterans Affairs, and the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System have a goal of purchasing or generating 10% of their power from renewable energy by December 31, 2007, and 20% by December 31, 2011.
The State of Wisconsin has nearly 16 million acres of forested lands in the state. The Statewide Forest Plan, completed in 2004, is carried out by the Wisconsin Council on Forestry together with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. This Plan has been augmented with the Statewide Forest Strategy and Statewide Forest Assessment, both completed in 2010.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has regulations for building a forest road, if development requires one. Regulations include zoning ordinances and permits for stream crossing, grading, stormwater, and wetlands.
Wisconsin Focus on Energy supports statewide programs that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy*. The program was initially created by Act 9 of 1999 as a public benefit fund (PBF), which also provided energy assistance programs for low-income residents (the [http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov/ Home Energy Plus Program]). Focus on Energy was restructured in March 2006 by S.B. 459 (2005 Act 141).
The purpose for the Enterprise Zone Tax Credits is to incent projects involving major expansion of existing Wisconsin businesses or relocation of major business operations from other states to Wisconsin. Refundable tax credits can be earned through job creation, job retention, capital investment, employee training and supply chain purchases from Wisconsin vendors.
The DNR's Office of Energy and Environmental Analysis is responsible for coordinating the review of all proposed energy and utility projects in the state. The Office provides project management within DNR, acting as the main point of contact for project applicants, the Public Service Commission (PSC), other DNR programs and affected stakeholders.
In March, 2006, Wisconsin enacted SB 459, the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Act. With respect to energy efficiency, this bill requires the Department of Administration (DOA) to prescribe and annually review energy efficiency standards for all equipment for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water heating or cooling, lighting, refrigeration, or other function that consumes energy. These standards must meet or exceed federal EPA standards, federal energy management standards, and standards established by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers.