Wisconsin Public Power Inc. Joins State Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program

January 3, 2008

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) has welcomed 168,000 utility customers to Focus on Energy, the state's energy efficiency and renewable energy program. The customers are served by the 41 utilities that are members of Wisconsin Public Power Inc.(WPPI), which joined the program January 2.

Focus on Energy works with Wisconsin residents and businesses to install energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The program provides information, resources, and help with financial incentives to implement such projects. The goals are to help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect the environment, and control the state's growing demand for electricity and natural gas.

The PSC says, to date, businesses that have worked with Focus on Energy have saved more than $100 million in annual energy costs and residential participants have saved more than $59 million. Between business and residential customers, more than 48 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 3 million therms (300 trillion British thermal units) of renewable energy have been produced as a result of the program, enough energy to power more than 8,000 homes per year.

The program also assists low income customers. Since 2001, low-income participants have saved more than $620,000 on utility bills.

PSC Chairperson Dan Ebert said, "By following Focus on Energy's lead, Wisconsin utility customers can help create a healthier environment, protect our natural resources, and help reduce emissions that contribute to global warming — all while lowering their monthly utility bills. It is truly a win-win opportunity."

For more information, visit the Focus on Energy Web site.

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