City of Madison - Green Power Purchasing (Wisconsin)

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Place Wisconsin
Name City of Madison - Green Power Purchasing
Incentive Type Green Power Purchasing
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Biodiesel, Ethanol, Photovoltaics, Renewable Fuels, Renewable Transportation Fuels, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Percent Renewables 25% by 2025

Source Renewable electricity and transportation fuels

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-07-30
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


In 1999, Madison’s Metro Maintenance and Administration Facility began purchasing 25% of its electricity from Madison Gas and Electric’s wind power program. The additional cost to purchase the wind power is approximately $26,000 per year. Metro officials estimate that their wind power purchase is equivalent to running ten buses per year with no carbon monoxide emissions. In 2005, the city established a goal to increase the entire city’s electricity purchases to 10% renewable energy by 2006 and 20% renewable energy by 2010.

In March 2007, the City of Madison Common Council passed a resolution to purchase 10% of its electricity from renewable sources in 2007 and 20% by 2011. The city budget was amended to make available $17,000 for the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs), with a stated preference for those originating in Dane and Madison counties. The Council also resolved to encourage community participation in renewable energy programs through its own Clean Energy Challenge Program, with a goal of being recognized as an EPA Green Power Partner (consumer purchases of green electricity amounting to 2% of total consumption). In 2011, the City now purchases 22% of renewable energy through the Madison Gas and Electric's Green Power Tomorrow program.

In November 2009, the City passed a resolution to join the Wisconsin Energy Independent Community Partnership and become and Energy Independent Community. In joining the Partnership, the City resolved to procure 25% of the City's electricity and transportation fuels from renewable resources by 2025. According to the 2011 Madison Sustainability Plan, the City plans to continue increasing its purchases.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jeanne Hoffman
Department City of Madison
Address 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53703
Phone (608) 266-4091


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: City Resolution 07-00343
Date Effective 2007-03-20
Date Enacted 2007-03-20

Authority 2: City Resolution 09-00962
Date Enacted 2009-11-20

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"