The governor’s budget would repeal a program in place since 1985 that requires most rental housing units in Wisconsin to meet weatherization and energy efficiency standards established by the Department of Safety and Professional Services. The budget also repeals the weatherization inspector certification program, which is anticipated to reduce revenue to DSPS by approximately $121,000 in each year of the biennium.
The governor’s budget contains several other provisions related to renewable energy. The budget repeals school districts’ opportunity to exceed revenue limits to make investments in energy efficiency measures or to purchase energy efficiency products and requires the Public Service Commission to invest at least an additional $10 million in energy efficiency projects in schools under the Focus on Energy program. The budget further creates segregated appropriations for the purchase of energy from renewable sources by institutions managed by state government, including UW System campuses and Department of Health Services and Department of Corrections institutions, and specifically prohibits state government institutions from purchasing energy from renewable sources out of their general fuel and utilities appropriations.