Expired, Repealed, and Archived Wisconsin Incentives and Laws

The following is a list of expired, repealed, and archived incentives, laws, regulations, funding opportunities, or other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or air quality.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rebate - Alliant Energy

Expired: 01/01/2019

Alliant Energy offers rebates of $500 for the purchase or lease of a new PEV, and rebates of $250 for the purchase or lease of a used PEV. The PEV must be purchased or leased between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. For more information, including how to apply, see the Alliant Energy EV Buydown website.

Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Development

Archived: 11/01/2018

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection must pursue the establishment and maintenance of sufficient alternative fueling infrastructure at public retail outlets to meet the public's traveling needs. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 93.07(26))

All-Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate - Wisconsin Utilities

Expired: 09/30/2017

Alliant Energy, Madison Gas and Electric, Minnesota Power, We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service and Xcel Energy customers and employees are eligible for a $10,000 rebate for the purchase of a new 2017 Nissan Leaf at participating dealerships. Rebates are available through September 30, 2017, or until funds are exhausted. For more information, see the Wisconsin Clean Cities Nissan Leaf Rebate Flyer.

Idle Reduction Grant Program

Archived: 11/01/2016

The Wisconsin Department of Administration provides idle reduction grants to eligible common, contract, and private motor carriers headquartered in Wisconsin that transport freight. Applicants may receive grants of up to 50% of the cost of equipment and installation on heavy-duty truck tractors produced in Model Year 1999 or later. Other conditions may apply. The grant program provides $1 million for each budget cycle. The application for the 2015-2016 funding cycle is no longer available (verified November 2015). Funding for the 2017 and later cycles has been approved by the Wisconsin Legislature and should become available by July 1, 2017. For more information, see the Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program page. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 16.956)

Vehicle Battery and Engine Research Tax Credits

Archived: 11/01/2016

A corporation involved in qualified research is eligible for a tax credit equal to 10% of the qualified research expenses that the corporation incurs in Wisconsin during the taxable year. Qualified research includes, but is not limited to, automotive batteries for use in fuel cell, hybrid electric, and all-electric vehicles that reduce the demand for electricity or improve the efficiency of its use, and research related to designing internal combustion engines (including substitute products such as fuel cell, electric, and hybrid drives) for vehicles, including expenses related to designing vehicles that are powered by such engines and improving production processes for such engines and vehicles. Corporations may claim an additional tax credit equal to 5% of the amount paid or incurred during the taxable year to construct and equip new facilities or expand existing facilities used in Wisconsin for qualified research. For more information see the Wisconsin State Energy Office Wisconsin Opportunities website. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 71.28(4)(ab 2), 71.28(4)(ad 2 and 3), and 71.28(5)(ad))

Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit

Archived: 12/31/2013

A tax credit is available for 25% of the cost to install or retrofit fueling pumps that dispense gasoline fuel blends of at least 85% ethanol or diesel fuel blends of at least 20% biodiesel fuel or that mix fuel from separate storage tanks and allow the user to select the percentage of renewable fuel. The maximum credit amount is $5,000 per taxable year for each fueling station that has installed or retrofitted a pump. The credit must be claimed within four years of the tax return and expires December 31, 2017. For more information see the Wisconsin Grant Programs page. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 71.07 (5j), 71.21(4), 71.26(2)(a), 71.34(1)(g), 71.45(2)(a)10, 77.92(4), 71.28(5j), 71.30(3)(ds), 71.47(5j), and 71.49(1)(ds))

Regional Biofuels Promotion Plan

Archived: 01/01/2012

Wisconsin joined Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and South Dakota in adopting the Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Platform Plan (Platform), which establishes shared goals for the Midwest region, including increased biofuels production and use. Download Adobe Reader. Specifically, the Platform sets the following goals:

  • Produce commercially available cellulosic ethanol and other low carbon fuels in the region by 2012;
  • Increase E85 availability at retail fueling stations in the region to 15% of stations by 2015, 20% by 2020, and 33% of all fueling stations in the region by 2025;
  • Reduce the amount of fossil fuel that is used in the production of biofuels by 50% by 2025;
  • By 2025, at least 50% of all transportation fuels consumed in the Midwest will be from regionally produced biofuels and other low carbon transportation fuels.

The Platform also establishes a regional biofuels corridor program. The program directs state transportation, agriculture, and regulatory officials to develop a system of coordinated signage across the region for biofuels and advanced transportation fuels and to collaborate to create regional E85 corridors. The program requires standardized fuel product coding at fueling stations as well as increased education for retailers about converting existing fueling infrastructure to dispense E85.

Alternative Fuel Use and Promotion Plan

Archived: 12/31/2011

The Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence (OEI) must adopt and implement a plan to facilitate alternative fuel use in flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) and other vehicles the state owns. The plan must ensure that all state-owned FFVs and other alternative fuel vehicles are identifiable, all state employees driving FFVs and other vehicles powered by an alternative fuel other than gasohol are made aware of the alternative fueling stations in the vicinity of their travel routes, and all state employees strive to use alternative fuels when operating state FFVs and diesel-powered vehicles. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 16.045, and Executive Order 141, 2006)

Bioenergy Feedstock Assessment

Repealed: 06/26/2011

The Wisconsin Energy Office (WEO), in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Administration, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Public Service Commission, must prepare a biennial strategic bioenergy feedstock assessment to identify and summarize trends in bioenergy feedstock production and use in Wisconsin, and to recommend, as appropriate, legislation or changes in programs or agency rules. WEO must submit an assessment by April 30, 2013, and every other year thereafter. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 16.954)

State Biofuels Promotion

Archived: 12/31/2010

The Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence (OEI) is responsible for promoting Wisconsin's energy independence goals as well as the state's biofuels industry. Specifically, OEI will ensure that 25% of Wisconsin's transportation fuels are generated from renewable sources by 2025. In addition, OEI serves as a single-point of contact for citizens, businesses, local units of government, and non-governmental organizations pursuing biofuels development, energy efficiency, and energy independence. (Reference Executive Order 192, 2007, and Wisconsin Statutes 16.956)

Petroleum Use Reduction

Archived: 05/20/2010

The Wisconsin Department of Administration is directed to require, through its fleet management policy, that all state agencies reduce the use of petroleum-based gasoline in state-owned vehicles by 20% by 2010 and 50% by 2015, and reduce the use of petroleum-based diesel fuel for those vehicles that operate on diesel by 10% by 2010 and 25% by 2015. (Reference Executive Order 141, 2006)

Renewable Fuels Use and Promotion

Archived: 05/20/2010

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is directed to develop an awareness plan designed to facilitate the use of renewable fuels in the state's flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) fleet. The plan should ensure the following: that all FFVs in the state's fleet are identifiable; that all state employees driving FFVs are aware of the renewable fueling stations nearby; and that all state employees strive to use renewable fuels when operating FFVs and diesel powered vehicles in the fleet, whenever practical and cost effective. The DATCP is also directed to actively pursue the establishment of additional renewable fueling facilities at public retail outlets. (Reference Executive Order 141, 2006)

Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Acquisition Requirement

Archived: 06/01/2009

The Clean Fuel Fleet Program (CFFP), administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, affects the six-county (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine, and Kenosha) severe ozone non-attainment area. The CFFP requires fleets in Southeastern Wisconsin to purchase a specific percentage of LEVs. The CFFP applies to both public and private fleets based on fleet size and vehicle weight. Fleets can earn credits and are responsible for calculating and trading.

Biofuels Development

Archived: 01/01/2009

Executive Order 101 directs the Secretaries of various state agencies to establish the Corsortium on Biobased Industry to recommend policy and commercialization strategies for state goals that promote the development and use of biobased products and bioenergy using federal and state programs and reduce Wisconsin's dependence on foreign oil. See the Consortium on Biobased Industry Web site for the final report on findings and recommendations submitted to the Governor. (Reference Executive Order 101, 2005)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tax Deduction

Expired: 12/01/2007

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue offers a state AFV tax deduction identical to the federal AFV tax deduction. Taxpayers who placed AFVs into service in 2002 and 2003 are entitled to the full deduction. The deduction is reduced by 25% for vehicles placed in service in 2004, by 50% for vehicles in 2005, and by 75% for vehicles in 2006. No deduction is available for clean fuel vehicles placed in service in 2007. The full deduction is $50,000 for any truck or van with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of at least 26,000 pounds (lbs.) or a bus with seating capacity of at least 20 adults. The deduction is $5,000 for a truck or van with a GVWR greater than 10,000 lbs. and $2,000 for vehicles under 10,000 lbs.