Wisconsin governor orders 100% carbon free by 2050, despite lack of legislative support

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, D, on Friday signed an executive order setting the state on a path to reach 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050.

The order establishes an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, tasked with bringing the state to that goal. Evers pushed the order through administratively after the effort failed to make it through the budget process, Tyler Huebner, executive director of Renew Wisconsin, told Utility Dive.

Both chambers of Wisconsin’s legislature are Republican majority and passed a bill during the state’s 2018 lame-duck session to limit the power of the Democratic governor. Wisconsin “probably has the steepest hill to climb to sort of implementing [the governor’s] policy vision on clean energy,” J.R. Tolbert, managing director at Advanced Energy Economy, told Utility Dive in February.

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