In 2019, Wisconsin generated 76 percent of its electricity from non-renewable energy sources, including 42 percent from coal-fired plants and 34 percent from natural gas. These sources produce harmful pollutants and negatively affect the health of surrounding communities. This report examines Wisconsin’s current energy landscape, as well as national and local clean energy actions, to provide potential policy avenues for Wisconsin to accelerate its transition to clean energy, benefitting public health. There is no single policy that can ameliorate the negative externalities of non-renewable energy sources, but this report provides several policy options for the Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action that would equitably accelerate the state’s transition to clean energy and increased electrification.
- Course: Spring 2021 Workshop in Public Affairs, PA 869, taught by Greg Nemet
- Authors: Adam Bozich, Alyssa Dooley, Caleb Kulinski, Jose Martinez, and Emma Stutzman
- Client: Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action