Wisconsin’s Small Businesses Save More Than $12 Million in Energy Costs

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) recognized Focus on Energy’s Small Business Program with a 2013 Inspiring Efficiency Innovation Award. More than 9,000 small businesses in Wisconsin saved 100 million kWh of electricity and over $12 million in energy costs with the program’s assistance. Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource entity – helped owners of businesses that typically use less than 100 kW of electricity per month, such as restaurants, day care centers and agricultural producers, find ways to save energy.

Small businesses receive free energy assessments and installation of energy efficient products, such as new LED lamps, CFLs, pipe wrap and faucet aerators, at no cost. Businesses can upgrade to a gold or custom package to secure additional energy-efficient products at limited cost with up to $3,500 in incentives. By establishing a wide-reaching network of contactors who are incentivized to enroll customers, conduct assessments and install energy efficient products, the program not only increases efficiency of delivery, but also brings local economic development to communities throughout Wisconsin.

MEEA is committed to advancing sound energy efficiency programs, policies and priorities in the Midwest. MEEA’s membership represents a broad consortium of energy stakeholders from across a 13-state area: www.mwalliance.org.