Focus on Energy is Wisconsin’s state-wide energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. It runs programs for utilities that serve 98% of state’s electric and natural gas load. Wisconsin has over 100 separate electric and natural gas utilities, including investor-owned, municipal, and rural cooperative utilities, that collect fees from customers to fund Focus on Energy.
Electricity and natural gas savings targets are set by the Public Service Commission (PSC) though recently have been capped by the state legislature at 0.75% and 0.50 per year respectively. Focus on Energy is operated by a contracted third party administrator and serves all customer types. Its structure and offerings have evolved over the years in response to changing goals, customer needs and political realities.
From its start, Focus on Energy has targeted specific energy-intensive industries such as food processors, pulp & paper mills, and plastic part manufacturers with technical and financial assistance. More recently large industrial customers have been allowed, with PSC approval, to fund and implement their own energy savings projects.
Target Group - Size:
Target Group - Industry Focus:
Target Group - Description:
The industrial sector represents about a third of the 70 billion kWh of electricity and the 333 BBtu of natural gas consumed annually within the state.
GHG emission source covered:
Consolidate all of the state’s utility managed energy efficiency programs into one more efficient state-wide program. Acquire greater volume of energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and provide low-income assistance through weatherization and other programs.
Program Funding Source:
Surcharge on consumer electric and natural gas bills
Total Program Funding:
$92.2 million (2010)
Program Offerings for Industry:
Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy’s large energy users program offers assistance aimed at both large and small industrial customers.
For small customers, they offer a free energy assessment with a series of prescriptive offerings either for free or at low cost.
For larger customers with over $60,000 in monthly bills, Focus on Energy has an energy management program that works with the customer. Through this collaborative relationship, the professional will help the end-user establish a continuous improvement approach to energy management that will include:
- Establish a baseline of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs);
- Develop an Energy Management Plan to meet the facility’s energy reduction goals; and
- Support the development and achievement of Energy Teams
- Technical assistance developing and implementing an energy management system.
- Staffing grants are available to pay for staff time to implement energy projects.
Focus on Energy has a successful program targeting specific industries such as food processors, pulp & paper makers, and plastics manufacturers. By working closely with each industry, Focus on Energy was able to offer process-specific expertise and build a relationship with the consumer. Program staff work with facilities to identify projects and negotiate the amount of incentive needed to initiate a project.
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M&V requirements on industry:
FoE contractor KEMA analyses FOE energy efficiency project results from a sample of customers and then extrapolates that data to the broader population. The type of analysis varies depending up the size and nature of a project. For larger custom energy saving projects that account for a significant portion of total savings, a detailed engineering review is performed that includes evaluating energy usage data, program documentation, and customer interviews by an energy engineer. To determine energy savings for smaller projects, a computer aided telephone interview is used to collect information on installation measures and program attribution. For a majority of smaller projects, deemed savings are assumed. In other words, a predetermined amount or ratio of energy savings is assumed based on the number and size of projects. Deemed savings for common projects such as boiler controls, steam traps, lighting measures.
Evaluation of Program:
Program flow chart
Program Flow Chart
Impacts and Results
Analytic base for target (or target setting mechanism):
In 2010, the PSC adopted the state’s first energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) with a four-year goal that is designed to coincide with a quadrennial review of state energy planning.
The electricity targets were initially set to ramp up from 0.75% to 1.5% per year of total consumption and peak demand.
Natural gas targets were set to ramp up from 0.5% to 1.0% per year. The PSC approved increased funding to meet these goals. However, in 2011, the state legislature passed a law limiting Focus on Energy to 1.2% of utility revenues. This led the PSC to revise the EERS goals down to 0.75% per year and 0.5% per year for electricity and natural gas respectively.
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