Focus On Energy a Win for Wisconsin

Lauren Fisher

Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program, focus on Energy, was recently identified as the most cost-effective initiative of its kind in the nation. A federal study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory compared programs in 41 states, and found that Wisconsin’s initiative only spent one cent on every kilowatt-hour saved. A third-party evaluator, Cadmus, also found that small-business participation in Focus on Energy increased by 46%, rural residential participation increased by 29%, and savings from heating and cooling technology nearly tripled between 2015 and 2018. “The ranking is a testament to the amazing people who work at Focus on Energy and who constantly look for ways to help Wisconsinites save energy and money, while also positively contributing to the state’s economy,” said Focus on Energy Program Director Erinn Monroe-Nye. “We knew we had a cost-effective program, but it’s nice to know we are leading the other states.” Rebecca Valcq, chair of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, adds, “Focus on Energy has made Wisconsin a national leader in energy efficiency and we look forward to supporting its continued success.” Focus on Energy was formed in the early 2000s to promote in-state economic development, manage rising energy costs, and protect the environment. It is funded by utilities across the state.  More information about the program and its history is available at focusonenergy.com and https://bit.ly/2Y9GcMK.