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Focus on Energy

Madison, Wisconsin

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities' statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, helps eligible residents and businesses save energy and money while protecting the environment. Focus on Energy is funded by more than 4.7 million ratepayers of Wisconsin's Investor Owned Utilities as well as participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. In 2012, Focus on Energy provided assistance to more than 380,000 customers who pursued energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in their homes and businesses. Focus on Energy is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence recognition for its comprehensive approach to the delivery of commercial and residential sector energy efficiency programs. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

  • Completing the Retail Energy Management Challenge, a Building Performance with ENERGY STAR pilot program, and recognizing local retailers for achieving notable energy savings from among the more than 100 participating stores.
  • Launching new programs targeting small businesses, chain stores and franchises, and large energy users designed to promote building performance and help customers overcome market barriers that prevent proactive energy management.
  • Increasing Wisconsin participation in EPA's National Building Competition by helping facilities make energy efficiency upgrades with support from technical staff members and by providing financial resources. Focus on Energy's business programs served more than 4,800 customers, saving approximately 448 million kWh of electricity and 22.1 million therms of gas.
  • Promoting a variety of ENERGY STAR certified products across its residential, commercial, and industrial programs. In addition, at over 650 retail locations across the state, instant consumer incentives coupled with sales training and point of sale promotions yielded an estimated savings of more than 150 million kWh in 2012.
  • Helping with 1,785 projects through its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program by shifting its program design to a contractor-based model enabling greater participation for homeowners and re-enrolling trade allies into the new program model.