On Friday, March 10TH State Rep. Jodi Emerson, WI-91, will be joined by Eau Claire city leaders for a press conference to showcase unprecedented federal investments in Wisconsin to cut pollution and accelerate the transition to clean energy transportation.
Senator Tammy Baldwin was part of the process to pass the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The Wisconsin Department of Transportation estimates that it will receive over $78 million in federal funds to go towards building electric charging stations, for which the I 94 corridor is a priority for EV infrastructure.
Eau Claire has set a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and to get there, the city plans to transition 10% of all vehicle miles traveled to electric vehicles by 2030. This is expected to prevent the release of 30 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — equivalent to planting 500,000 trees annually. As part of that plan, the city will phase out 15% of gas-powered vehicles from its fleet by 2030 and install 160 public charging stations within the next 11 years. The federal investments in the IIJA and IRA will help Eau Claire realize this goal.
The Climate Action Campaign will host the event.