To get to zero by 2050, Wisconsin must cut climate pollution by
4.6 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.

Emissions in Wisconsin

Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions

Note: Grey area indicates missing data due to processing delays.

This is how we're going to do it.


Wisconsin's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 32%🔌 Power: 30%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 13%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 32%🔌 Power: 30%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 13%

    13% of Wisconsin's climate pollution comes from buildings.

    We burn fossil fuels to heat our air, water, and food.

    To cut this pollution...

    Let's electrify our heat!

    We'll replace...

    ...in all of Wisconsin's 3.2 million buildings.

    In fact, 23% of buildings in Wisconsin are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 2.5 million dirty buildings in Wisconsin. That's around 88,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.22.66% have been electrified, and the remaining 77.34% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 13% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 32%🔌 Power: 30%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 13%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 32%🔌 Power: 30%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 13%

    24% of Wisconsin's pollution comes from cars, trucks, trains, and planes.

    But mostly from cars.

    To cut this pollution,

    your next car must be electric.

    Or consider going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, car share, or other alternatives!

    There are 1.9 million vehicles in Wisconsin and 6,000 are already electric (0.3% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 1.9 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 68,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.3% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.7% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 24% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 32%🔌 Power: 30%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 13%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 32%🔌 Power: 30%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 13%

    30% of Wisconsin's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.

    Dirty power plant

    To cut this pollution...

    Put solar panels on your roof!

    Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.

    We need to replace dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar)

    ...and find good jobs for those workers.

    Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in Wisconsin

    9 coal plants

    Name: Elm Road Generating Station
County: Milwaukee
Megawatt Capacity: 1,403
Utility: Wisconsin Electric Power Co

    Elm Road Generating Station
    Milwaukee County
    1,403 MW

    Name: South Oak Creek
County: Milwaukee
Megawatt Capacity: 1,260
Utility: Wisconsin Electric Power Co

    South Oak Creek
    Milwaukee County
    1,260 MW

    Name: Weston
County: Marathon
Megawatt Capacity: 1,163
Utility: Wisconsin Public Service Corp

    Weston
    Marathon County
    1,163 MW

    Name: Columbia
County: Columbia
Megawatt Capacity: 1,112
Utility: Wisconsin Power & Light Co

    Columbia
    Columbia County
    1,112 MW

    Name: Edgewater (4050)
County: Sheboygan
Megawatt Capacity: 834
Utility: Wisconsin Power & Light Co

    Edgewater (4050)
    Sheboygan County
    834 MW

    Name: J P Madgett
County: Buffalo
Megawatt Capacity: 387
Utility: Dairyland Power Coop

    J P Madgett
    Buffalo County
    387 MW

    Name: Genoa
County: Vernon
Megawatt Capacity: 346
Utility: Dairyland Power Coop

    Genoa
    Vernon County
    346 MW

    Name: Biron Mill
County: Wood
Megawatt Capacity: 62
Utility: ND Paper, Inc.

    Biron Mill
    Wood County
    62 MW

    Name: Kaukauna Paper Mill
County: Outagamie
Megawatt Capacity: 45
Utility: Thilmany LLC

    Kaukauna Paper Mill
    Outagamie County
    45 MW

    35 gas plants

    Name: Port Washington Generating Station
County: Ozaukee
Megawatt Capacity: 1,548
Utility: Wisconsin Electric Power Co

    Port Washington Generating Station
    Ozaukee County
    1,548 MW

    Name: Riverside Energy Center
County: Rock
Megawatt Capacity: 1,402
Utility: Wisconsin Power & Light Co

    Riverside Energy Center
    Rock County
    1,402 MW

    Name: Pulliam
County: Brown
Megawatt Capacity: 671
Utility: Wisconsin Public Service Corp

    Pulliam
    Brown County
    671 MW

    Name: Fox Energy Center
County: Outagamie
Megawatt Capacity: 619
Utility: Wisconsin Public Service Corp

    Fox Energy Center
    Outagamie County
    619 MW

    ...and 31 more

    12 oil plants

    Name: Manitowoc
County: Manitowoc
Megawatt Capacity: 213
Utility: Manitowoc Public Utilities

    Manitowoc
    Manitowoc County
    213 MW

    Name: Diesel Generators
County: Dane
Megawatt Capacity: 54
Utility: Madison Gas & Electric Co

    Diesel Generators
    Dane County
    54 MW

    Name: Cumberland (WI)
County: Barron
Megawatt Capacity: 22
Utility: City of Cumberland - (WI)

    Cumberland (WI)
    Barron County
    22 MW

    Name: New Lisbon
County: Juneau
Megawatt Capacity: 9
Utility: City of New Lisbon

    New Lisbon
    Juneau County
    9 MW

    Name: Fennimore
County: Grant
Megawatt Capacity: 7
Utility: City of Fennimore - (WI)

    Fennimore
    Grant County
    7 MW

    Name: Elroy
County: Juneau
Megawatt Capacity: 7
Utility: City of Elroy - (WI)

    Elroy
    Juneau County
    7 MW

    Name: Grantsburg Diesel
County: Burnett
Megawatt Capacity: 6
Utility: Northwestern Wisconsin Elec Co

    Grantsburg Diesel
    Burnett County
    6 MW

    Name: Winter
County: Sawyer
Megawatt Capacity: 6
Utility: North Central Power Co Inc

    Winter
    Sawyer County
    6 MW

    Name: Washington Island
County: Door
Megawatt Capacity: 5
Utility: Washington Island El Coop, Inc

    Washington Island
    Door County
    5 MW

    Name: Argyle
County: Lafayette
Megawatt Capacity: 5
Utility: City of Argyle - (WI)

    Argyle
    Lafayette County
    5 MW

    Name: Marathon Electric
County: Marathon
Megawatt Capacity: 3
Utility: Marathon Electric Mfg Corp

    Marathon Electric
    Marathon County
    3 MW

    Name: WPPI Hartford DG
County: Washington
Megawatt Capacity: 1
Utility: WPPI Energy

    WPPI Hartford DG
    Washington County
    1 MW

    But wait!

    It's not enough to replace our power plants with wind and solar farms.

    To power our electric cars and buildings, we need two times the electricity we have today.

    In all, we'll need to build 8,000 Megawatts of wind power and 7,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since Wisconsin already has 184 Megawatts of wind and 66 Megawatts of solar, that's 7,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 7,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 269 Megawatts of wind power and 254 Megawatts of solar power a year.

    Percent of needed targetGeneration builtA chart showing the share of Solar and Wind capacity that has already been installed and rest to be installed. We are 2% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 30% of the pollution.

    And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!

    🏭 Other: 32%🔌 Power: 30%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 13%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 32%🔌 Power: 30%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 13%

    The last 32% of Wisconsin's climate pollution comes from other sources...

    This includes farming, landfills, industry, and leaks from gas pipelines.

    There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are lots of great ideas:

    • No-till farming to keep CO2 in the soil
    • Capturing methane leaks from landfills
    • Capturing CO2 to make emissions-free concrete
    • Burning green hydrogen to make emissions-free steel
    • Plugging methane leaks from gas pipelines

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