RENEW on Biogas & Biomass

Wisconsin: a Leader in Bioenergy

Forest County Potowatomi Community Digester in Milwaukee

While Wisconsin is a leader in biogas and biomass energy usage, we have the potential to further expand our reliance on these homegrown and renewable energy sources.

The Badger State has a well-developed supply chain infrastructure that can build and operate plants, plentiful agricultural and woody feedstocks, and bipartisan political interest in supporting this renewable energy segment.

There are currently about 150 biogas-producing applications in Wisconsin serving dairy farms, food processing facilities, municipal wastewater treatment plants, and landfills, a large number of biomass and co-fired generation power plants, and wood pellet manufacturers located in Wisconsin.

Fast Facts

More Information:

  • Biogas: Here is a link to a table of Wisconsin's operating biogas electric installations as of July 2015. The total capacity is 31.8 MW.

  • Wisconsin Wood Energy Team: Launched in 2014, the Wisconsin State Wood Energy Team helps homeowners, businesses, and institutions explore the use of wood for heat, power, or both.

  • Biomass Power Generation: Xcel Energy & We Energies have power plants that use biomass as their feedstock.

  • Landfill Gas: A number of landfills in Wisconsin are using methane to create electricity, such as:

    - Waste Management
    - Hickory Meadows Landfill (Veolia)
    - Brown County
    - Winnebago County
    - Dane County
    - Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
    - Seven Mile Creek Landfill

    The Future of Bioenergy in Wisconsin

    As America's Dairyland, Wisconsin has vast potential to implement biogas as a major source of energy; however, major barriers still exist that prevent this from happening. For biogas, these include valuing the price of renewables, permitting delays, and interconnection to the grid and pipelines. For smaller scale wood pellet applications, the Focus on Energy program does not offer incentives for oil and propane users and thus no financial incentive program is in place.

    We also addressed policy issues concerning bioenergy in our 2014 policy brief.