April 29 2019 10:51 AM

2019 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award Winners Honored on Earth Day

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FOCUS ON ENERGY® is celebrating Earth Day by announcing a record number of 2019 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award winners.

The statewide energy efficiency and renewable resources program is honoring 18 winners, each chosen for their efforts to improve energy efficiency in Wisconsin. Later this year, Focus on Energy will join the winners’ respective utilities to honor that commitment in an award ceremony for each.

“We’re extremely excited to congratulate each of this year’s winners for their commitment to reducing energy waste,” said Erinn Monroe-Nye, Focus on Energy Program Director. “These recipients are among the many Wisconsin businesses, school districts and local municipalities proving Wisconsin is in for energy efficiency. They’re making smart energy decisions that lower operating costs, while making the state’s economy more globally competitive.”

This year’s winners include:

  • American Family Insurance
  • Brewery Nonic
  • City of La Crosse (Mayor’s Home Energy Challenge)
  • Eland Electric Corporation
  • Fleet Farm
  • Galloway Company and Classic Mix Partners
  • Grassland Dairy Products, Inc.
  • Klein’s Floral & Greenhouses
  • Langmeier Dairy Inc.
  • Little Chute Area School District
  • Meister Cheese Company
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Miron Construction Co., Inc.
  • New Glarus Brewing Company
  • Oneida Nation
  • Penda Corp
  • Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA

“Congratulations and thanks to the 2019 winners,” said Public Service Commission Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq. “These community leaders embody Wisconsin values of innovation and forward thinking. Their actions demonstrate Wisconsin’s commitment to be a leader in the clean energy economy.”

Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents, businesses, farms, school districts and municipalities to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

By getting in on energy efficiency, this year’s award winners not only account for reduced energy consumption and cost savings – they also support technology innovation, job creation, lowered environmental impacts, increased competitiveness and reduced dependence on nonrenewable resources. The most recent third-party evaluations found:

  • Focus on Energy programs saved enough electric and gas energy in 2017 to power 73,000 homes for a year.
  • Focus on Energy creates approximately 1,200 jobs annually in Wisconsin.
  • Focus on Energy generated $762 million in economic benefits for Wisconsin in 2015-16.
  • Every $1 invested in Focus on Energy programs creates $5.93 in benefits for Wisconsin, including economic benefits, reduced energy costs and reduced pollution.

Here’s some more about the two dairy winners:

Grassland Dairy - Greenwood

In early 2017, Grassland Dairy Products completed the construction of an anaerobic wastewater treatment system and was initially flaring off the biogas produced. Working with Focus on Energy, Grassland became aware that it was a “waste” product they should beneficially utilize. Grassland received a financial incentive from Focus on Energy to help pay for a study to determine the best way to beneficially utilize the biogas they were wasting. The study identified the best use as generating electricity. In 2018, Grassland obtained a RECIP incentive of $364,403 for the installation of a 500 kilowatt generator fueled by the biogas they had been wasting. As a result, the company is offsetting nearly 4,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year (enough to power 2,500 homes) by beneficially utilizing what had been thought to be a waste product.

Other past projects with Focus on Energy include high-efficiency steam boilers, variable frequency drives, variable speed compressors, and eliminating inappropriate uses of compressed air. Since 2016, Grassland has made lighting updates that will save the company $32,000 annually.

Langmeier Dairy – Prairie du Chien

Langmeier Dairy committed to sustainable agriculture, energy efficiency and local jobs. The company built a new processing/packaging facility utilizing energy efficiency measures such as variable frequency drives (VFDs) and LED lighting. Combined, the projects create estimated lifecycle kilowatt hour savings of more than 1,032,000, which equates to 84,000 gallons of gasoline consumed.

About Focus on Energy

Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities' statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state's investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus on Energy information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control Wisconsin's growing demand for electricity and natural gas. For more information call 800.762.7077 or visit www.focusonenergy.com.