Federal Funds for Wisconsin

Historic Federal Investment

Wisconsin is experiencing federal investment in clean energy, infrastructure, green jobs, pollution cleanup, transportation, innovation and technology unlike anything we’ve seen in generations. The Biden Administration’s sweeping push toward a cleaner, healthier future includes hundreds of millions of dollars flowing into Wisconsin through two main initiatives.

Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

The largest federal investment to fight climate change in U.S. history, the IRA includes $370 billion in investments in aimed at creating a clean energy economy. Under the IRA, millions of Wisconsinites are eligible for incentives on new or used electric vehicles, home weatherization, rooftop solar, and efficient appliances.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)

The $550 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and economy in U.S. history, funding not just improvements to roads and bridges, but public transit, water infrastructure, climate resilience, pollution cleanup and prevention. BIL has already delivered $5.6 billion in funding to Wisconsin, helping communities across the state roll out electric transit buses and school buses, replace lead water pipes, clean up pollution sites, and protect our waterways. A full list of federal investments heading to Wisconsin under BIL can be found here.

How is this historic federal funding benefiting Wisconsin?

The Biden Administration’s Investing in America agenda is delivering a clean, secure, and healthy future for Wisconsin families by:

The average new homeowner in Wisconsin will save $651 annually if state and local governments use new grants to adopt the latest building energy codes. This represents a reduction in annual utility bills of over 12%. Wisconsin residents will be eligible to get 30% off solar panels, battery storage systems, heating and cooling upgrades, and weatherization investments, which can help them save hundreds of dollars every year on their energy bills.

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of discounts up to $7,500 on electric vehicles from the Inflation Reduction Act. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated $78 million to build networks of EV chargers across the state. Additional funding for electric buses, including clean school buses and clean transit buses, will help push our transportation sector into the future.

With historic investments for more resilient homes, businesses, and communities, the Inflation Reduction Act is supporting resilience against flooding and extreme heat. In Wisconsin, tens of thousands of people who live in affordable housing units are eligible for upgrades like flood-proofing and storm resistance. Additional funding for tree planting projects will further protect vulnerable communities from extreme heat.

Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, electric cooperatives serving around 270,000 homes and businesses across rural Wisconsin are now eligible for direct-pay clean energy tax credits. Additional federal investments in climate-smart agriculture practices will help Wisconsin's 64,100 farmers lead on climate solutions and adapt to climate change.

Wisconsin's clean energy job market is set to expand. The Inflation Reduction Act introduced a set of historic tax credits for clean energy industries, including bonuses for businesses paying a prevailing wage. These tax credits will create Wisconsin jobs across solar, wind, storage, and other clean energy industries, bringing an estimated $4 billion of investment between now and 2030.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $1 billion to clean up and restore severely degraded sites, known as “Areas of Concern” or AOCs. $275 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will go towards cleaning up the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern

$129 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding will be used to replace lead service lines in Wisconsin. The Inflation Reduction Act will significantly reduce air pollution, benefiting frontline communities with environmental justice block grants, investments in cleaner buses and trucks, and a Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator that will prioritize emissions-reducing projects in disadvantaged communities.

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