Who We Are

The Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) is working on one of the most critical challenges of our time – the transition toward new, clean energy systems and solutions. WEI is led by scientists and engineers committed to crossing traditional research boundaries in order to make major breakthroughs in the way we source and use energy. The collaborative home of energy research and education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, WEI fosters projects across disciplines, prepares the energy leaders of today and tomorrow, and enhances public understanding of energy issues.
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2020 Annual Report

In a tumultuous and challenging year, the Wisconsin Energy Institute community pulled together to forge ahead on our paths of groundbreaking research, education, and outreach. We will persevere, together, forward in energy.

Browse WEI's 2020 highlights

The Wisconsin Energy Institute building from above at night

Energy and Climate Justice

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are faced with disproportionate harm from our energy systems and the impacts of fossil fuel use. In our new Energy and Climate Justice space, we explore the associations between racial, economic, and environmental justice in order to educate both ourselves and our audiences on these topics – and to inform our research and outreach.

Explore our hub on energy and climate justice

Montage of articles featured on the energy and climate justice hub

Forward In Energy Forum

The Wisconsin Energy Institute's (WEI) Forward in Energy forum brings together experts from across UW–Madison to address the many dimensions of our global transition to clean energy systems. Learn more about our Forward in Energy forums here.