August 21 (Renewables Now) - Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has signed an executive order under which the state’s energy consumption has to be sourced only from carbon-free generation by 2050.
The order establishes an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy to make sure the goal is achieved. It will partner with other state agencies and the state utilities. The new entity will be tasked with promoting the development and use of clean and renewable energy across the state, advancing sustainability and diversifying the state’s power generation sources, Governor Evers announced on Friday.
“Our state has a responsibility to current and future generations of Wisconsinites to act to prevent continuing damage to our climate and to invest in solutions that help to mitigate the changes that have already occurred,” the Governor said.
Wisconsin’s move follows Washington, California, and a number of other coastal states that have set goals for carbon-free power production in a bid to address climate change issues.