Research & Pilots

Focus on Energy supports energy efficiency and renewable energy research and screening of new program ideas through its EERD and Pilot offerings. To learn more about past research and pilot initiatives, take a look at our completed project reports. 

 
Focus on Energy supports energy efficiency and renewable energy research through the Environmental & Economic Research and Development Program (EERD). EERD research projects allow Wisconsin to further its efforts towards reducing energy waste, costs, and environmental impacts. All EERD projects are selected through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process that occurs approximately once per year. Please email EERD@focusonenergy.com for more information, all past research reports are posted below.
 
Focus on Energy’s Pilot process reviews new pilot program ideas that have the potential to expand the range and value of services available to its customers, help the program achieve desired outcomes of energy savings, customer satisfaction, and/or market transformation, and help test offerings for future expansion/inclusion in its Program portfolio. Pilot ideas are normally screened 1-2 times per calendar year, at this time Focus on Energy is not soliciting new pilots but any questions about future opportunities may be directed to Focuspilots@focusonenergy.com.
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Wisconsin Farm Biomass Production and the Emerging Carbon Economy

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Development of a Regional Wildlife Mapping Tool to Guide Renewable Wind Energy Project Siting in the Upper Mississippi River Basin's Driftless Area

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Measuring Vertical Fluxes of Gaseous Elemental Mercury in Wisconsin

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Changes in Biodiversity in Selected Natural Communities Related to Global Climate Change

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Evaluating Nocturnal Bird and Bat Migration in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and Its Implications for Siting Wind Energy Facilities: A Workshop Series for Resource Agencies and Wind Developers

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Impacts of Forest Management Activities on Carbon Sequestration and GHG Emissions

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Modeling the Effects of Forest Management Decisions on Carbon Sequestration

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Land Use and Ecological Consequences of a Wood Gasification Energy Facility at UW-Stevens Point: A Spatial Analysis with Statewide Consequences

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Using NEXRAD Weather Radar to Minimize the Impact of Wind Energy Farms on Migrating Birds

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Fate and Transport of Mercury in a Recovering Watershed

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Observing Carbon Fluxes and Potential Climate Change Impacts from Forest Land Management in Wisconsin

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Applying the Natural Heritage Inventory Classification System to Characterize the Natural Communities in the Ongoing Peatlands Study

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Impacts of Harvesting Woody Biomass on Nutrient Cycling and Biodiversity in Northern Hardwoods

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Maximizing Ecological Services and Economic Returns by Targeted Establishment of Biomass Yielding Grasslands in Wisconsin

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A Collaborative and Regional Analysis of Bird and Bat Mortality at Three Wind Farms in Southeastern Wisconsin

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Life Cycle Analysis of Pellet Fuels

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Assessing the Ecological Risk of Mercury Exposure to Common Loons

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Assessment of Photovoltaics at High Penetration on Peak Demand and Annual Energy Use

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Population-based Methylmercury Exposure Assessment

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Projecting Impacts of Greenhouse Gases on Carbon Sequestration by Wisconsin Forests

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Impacts of Past and Future Changes in Climate and Atmospheric CO2 in Wisconsin Agriculture

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Mercury in Power Plant Combustion By-Products

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Mercury Chemistry in Power Plant Plumes

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Impacts of Biomass Removal on Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in Wisconsin Northern Hardwood Forests

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Energy Intensity and Environmental Impact of Integrated Dairy/Bioenergy Systems in Wisconsin

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Coordinated Energy Strategies for Climate and Air Quality

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Comparative Toxicity of Secondary Coal Combustion and Mobile Source Emissions in Wisconsin

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Evaluation of Fin Clips as a Non-lethal approach for Estimating Mercury Concentrations in Fish

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Quantifying Carbon Storage in Wisconsin

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Mercury in Selected Fish Species Over Time

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Downscaling Wind and Other Climatological Parameters of Relevance to Energy Production in Wisconsin

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State of the Science on the Ecological Effects of Transmission Line Siting and Construction

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The Impact of Sustainable Forest Management on Long-Term Biomass Production and Forest Health: The state of the science

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Consumer Adoption and Grid Impact Models for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Wisconsin

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Quantifying the Economic and Ecological Aspects of Forest Biomass Harvesting in Wisconsin

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Climate Projections in Wisconsin

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Monitoring the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest in Wisconsin

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Assessing Long-term Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change Across Wisconsin

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Monitoring the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in Wisconsin (NAHL): Phase II

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Lichen Bioaccumulation and Bioindicator Study near Alliant Energy Columbia Generating Facility

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Potential Effects of Climate Change on Inland Glacial Lakes and Implications for Lake Dependent Biota in Wisconsin

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Farmer's Willingness to Adopt Practices and Participate in Programs to Sequester Carbon

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Renewable Fuel Availability, Extraction and Usage Potential Impacts

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Assessing Sustainability of Switchgrass Production in Southwestern Wisconsin

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Carbon Sequestration on Private Forests: Understanding the Silent Majority

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Wisconsin NADP National Trends Network (NTN)

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Wisconsin Mercury Deposition Network (MDN)

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Economic and Environmental Impact of Biomass Types for Bioenergy Power Plants

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An Ecosystem Management Approach to Biomass Production in Southern Wisconsin

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Contributions of Fossil Fuel-Fired Electric Power Generation to PM2.5 Concentrations in Wisconsin

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Public Health Benefits in Wisconsin from Biomass Energy Production

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Impacts of Bioenergy Crop Production on Environmentally Sensitive Lands

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Identifying Tradeoffs Between Biomass Production and Biological Diversity in Wisconsin's Forests and Grasslands to Meet Tomorrow's Bioenergy and Biofuel Needs

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Identifying Climate Analogs and Potential Shifts in Forest Composition and Extent for Southern Wisconsin Under 21st Century Climate Change Scenarios

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Land-use, Soil Health, and Water Quality Changes with Woody Energy Crop Production in Wisconsin and Minnesota

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Impacts of Climate Change on Fluxes of Carbon and Water in Northern Wisconsin Lakes and Wetlands

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Economic and Environmental Impact of Biomass Types for Bioenergy Power Plants

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Shedding Light on the Commercial Lighting Market in Wisconsin

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An Assessment of Woody Biomass Harvests in Northern Wisconsin

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Observing Carbon Fluxes and Potential Climate Change Impacts from Forest Land Management

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Farm-based Bioenergy Infrastructure for Wisconsin: Too Big, Too Little or Just Right?

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Impacts of Bioenergy Crop Production on Environmentally Sensitive Lands

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Biogas Storage Farm AD Report

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Find and Flip: Motivating High Energy Users to Save Energy

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Wisconsin Building Code Analysis: Identifying Low-Cost, High-Impact Measures

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Low-E Storm Window Market Expansion Pilot

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Mid-Sized Business Market Segmentation Report

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New homes Baseline and Market Characterization Study

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Small Embedded Data Centers in Wisconsin

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