Gov. Evers signs Executive Order #186 Declaring an Energy Emergency

Governor Tony Evers signed Executive Order #186 on Wednesday to declare an energy emergency in the state of Wisconsin.

The intense winter storm currently moving across the region is bringing snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Downed trees and ice on power lines may result in widespread power outages. Travel conditions may be difficult or dangerous as this storm continues.

This executive order will provide waivers from federal and state requirements to give additional flexibility to in-state utility workers and allow for out-of-state utility workers to come to Wisconsin to help restore power. 

“During and after a winter storm, restoration of power is critically important to the safety and well-being of folks across our state. As we continue to deal with the challenges of severe winter weather and its impact on everyday necessities, the health, welfare, and safety of our neighbors remains our top priority,” said Gov. Evers. “This executive order will allow for a more swift and efficient restoration of any electric power outages throughout the state.”

Hours of service, certain driver qualifications, and International Fuel Tax Agreements and International Registration Plan requirements for utility workers will be waived under Executive Order #186.