Press Releases

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Media inquiries can be directed to Casey Langan: or 608.230.7031

  • Five Things to ‘Focus’ on this Fall

    MADISON – In between watching football and foliage this fall, it’s also time to prepare for what comes next.

    Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program helps eligible homeowners lower their energy bills and improve home comfort with financial incentives and technical support. These five tips will help keep homes warm and reduce energy waste before winter arrives.

  • Heartland Farms Shines at Energy Efficiency

    HANCOCK – At Heartland Farms, water and fertilizer are not the only inputs used efficiently.

    Lighting and equipment upgrades made possible with incentives from Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program have lowered the farm’s annual energy costs by almost $89,000.

    “Cutting energy costs improves our bottom line,” explains Jeremie Pavelski, Heartland Farms President. “We are always looking for ways to be cost effective and efficient. These savings improve our competitiveness as a local employer and as a supplier of the national chip potato market.”

  • Focus on Energy Assists Pool Works with Lighting Upgrades

    DE PERE – Focus on Energy helped shine a light on energy and cost savings for the Green Bay area’s go-to retailer for pools and hot tubs.

    Pool Works Inc. owners Dave and Connie Kubiak have always prided themselves on excellent customer service, but admit until recently the quality of their store’s lighting left something to be desired.

    That changed when they upgraded their store’s exterior and interior lighting to LED (light emitting diode) technology over the past year.

  • Menasha Packaging Facility Completes Strategic Energy Management Program

    HARTFORD – Completing Focus on Energy’s Strategic Energy Management program has revealed big energy and cost savings for Menasha Packaging Company’s Hartford facility.

    A team of Menasha Packaging employees worked with Focus on Energy for more than 18 months to implement a continuous improvement program for energy management. The Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Program helps integrate energy considerations into organizational decision-making and operational activities. 

  • Geothermal Pays Off for Innovative Edgerton Hospital

    EDGERTON – It started as a big idea for a little hospital.

    In an energy-intensive industry, using geothermal technology is just what the doctor ordered to deliver patient comfort and reduce energy costs.

    Edgerton Hospital and Health Services was Wisconsin’s first hospital, and the nation’s first Critical Access hospital, to use geothermal heating and cooling.

  • Cedarburg Grocer Improves Shopping Experience with Energy Efficiency Upgrades

    CEDARBURG – From the frozen food aisle to the bakery display, supermarkets are energy-intensive businesses with tight profit margins. It’s something that second-generation grocery store owner Ryan Olsen knows well.

    Two recent energy efficiency projects at his Piggly Wiggly store in Cedarburg have allowed him to maximize customer service while reducing energy waste and cutting energy costs.

  • Focus on Energy Offers Incentives for Natural Gas Powered Grain Dryers

    MADISON – Grain dryers being replaced this harvest season may qualify for a Focus on Energy incentive.

    “It makes sense to replace older, inefficient grain dryers with efficient models,” said Casey Langan, Focus on Energy spokesman. “An equipment upgrade cuts a farm’s operating costs and avoids excessive repair costs during the harvest season.”

    Focus on Energy’s incentive for energy efficient grain dryers (powered by natural gas) is $8 per bushel/hour drying capacity. Propane heated grain dryers are not eligible.

  • FFA Energized Her Passion for Working with Farmers

    LENA – “That first compliment from a farmer had me hooked,” Nicole Zaidel said of showing how energy efficiency projects can improve a farm’s financial bottom line. 

    “Farmers are personable, you can talk to them like a friend,” said Zaidel, who works as an energy advisor for Focus on Energy, a statewide program that promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy, funded by Wisconsin utilities.

    “Unlike some other businesses, when you meet with a farmer you’re usually talking with the owner and decision maker,” she added.

  • Waupaca Foundry Receives Energy Efficiency Award

    WAUPACA – Waupaca Foundry has received a 2017 Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award from Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program.

    The Waupaca-based business is the world’s largest iron foundry and a national leader in energy management.

    When Waupaca Foundry Plant 1 achieved certification to the ISO 50001 International Standard for Energy Management Systems in 2016 it was just the second Wisconsin facility (and the only United States based foundry) to receive such certification.

  • Focus on Energy Offers Free Energy Saving Packs

    MADISON – Saving money and reducing energy waste can be as simple can be as screwing in a LED lightbulb or plugging your television into an advanced power strip.

    Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program is offering free packs of energy saving products to ratepayers of participating Wisconsin utilities.