Wisconsin utilities focusing on energy efficiency
Wisconsin's energy-efficiency is set for growth this year with the help of the utilities' statewide energy-efficiency and renewable energy program Focus on Energy.
Focus on Energy develops and implements creative energy programs for homeowners, building owners, small businesses and large energy users. Fifteen new energy efficiency and renewable energy programs were launched in 2012 alone, and new programs are expected in 2013.
In 2012, the program reached the most energy savings and customer participation since its inception more than 10 years ago.
Although Focus on Energy is a renewable energy program, it first pushes energy efficiency. Customers considering a renewable energy system must first reduce their energy use through energy-efficiency measures and can earn incentives for doing so. Once overall energy use is reduced, renewable energy can be considered.
A pool of incentives for renewables, including biogas, geothermal, solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, biomass and wind, is available to business customers -- to the tune of $9 million.
Focus on Energy is funded by the state's investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities.
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