Tap into New Revenue with Energy Savings.

From milling the malts and grains to capping each golden pour, craft brewing companies are an energy intensive business. Each step of the process requires both natural gas and electricity. An upgraded system can significantly reduce your energy usage, and limit heat loss for more consistent heating temperatures. Upgrades to refrigeration, pumps, lighting, packaging lines and motorized equipment can also offset energy costs. With all involved, it truly pays to operate smarter.


Save Energy. Smarter. 

You’re busy. We make it simple to apply for incentives and achieve energy savings by assisting you every step of the way. Email or call us at 800.762.7077 to get started.


Breweries: Your Top Opportunities & Resources


Process Equipment & Improvements

Consider installing high efficiency chillers or variable speed air compressors. Take it a step further and reclaim any wasted heat from these pieces of equipment or process exhaust and recirculate it through the building to offset space heating needs. Take advantage of the winter months by evaluating the potential of free cooling instead of relying on mechanical cooling equipment.

Lighting Fixtures & Controls

Consider LED or fluorescent fixtures integrated with occupancy controls for interior and exterior applications. Sensors are recommend for spaces with intermittent occupancy such as bathrooms, meeting rooms, and storage spaces to ensure equipment is not operating while the space is unoccupied.

Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

Centrifugal pumps and fans can benefit from variable frequency drives which allow you to modify the operating speed based on the system’s demand, resulting in energy savings for the end user.

Refrigeration Systems

Upgrade your existing shaded pole or permanent split capacitor evaporator fan motors with electronic commutated motors (ECM). ECMs produce less heat creating less demand on your refrigeration system. Integrating controls to modulate evaporator fan speed or even floating head pressure controls is another way to further reduce operating costs.


New Construction - Design Assistance Resources


How the Design Assistance Process Works

  • Use our Enrollment Wizard early in design, to submit your contact and project information, then instantly see the incentives potential for your project

  • Once the project application is approved and the customer/design team provides design drawings and narratives, a meeting is scheduled to review the whole building estimated energy performance

  • The integrated effect of multiple energy models are analyzed simultaneously and in real-time, utilizing the Net Energy Optimizer (NEO®) tool, to determine the net effect on energy use, costs, and potential program incentives

  • NEO supports a wide variety of different mechanical systems and hundreds of whole building refinement options, allowing design teams and owners to optimize choices for their specific building type and customize the mix of space uses

  • Results for each individual measure, three “bundles” and three selected HVAC scenarios are then presented to assist in optimizing the final building design

  • Once the design has been finalized, submittals are provided to the Design Assistance Team for verification; customer incentives are paid upon building construction completion


Eligibility & Requirements

  • Potential building types include all commercial and industrial buildings as well as multifamily buildings with four or more units.
  • Buildings must be served by a participating Wisconsin electric or natural gas utility.
  • New buildings include free-standing buildings, adaptive reuse, substantial renovations and major additions to existing buildings.
  • The minimum project size is 5,000 square feet for typical building uses. Additional requirements may apply for mixed-use space or some type of facilities.
  • Other qualification criteria may be established on a case-by-case basis. Projects must also meet the program timing requirements to qualify.

How to Receive Incentives

  • Use our Enrollment Wizard early in design, to submit your contact and project information.
  • A Design Assistance Program representative will contact you within two business days to discuss your project and determine if your building is a good fit for the program.
  • Once accepted into the program, you’ll receive a customized analysis to assist with energy efficiency decisions and information regarding potential owner incentives. Design team incentives are provided upon completion of the analysis.
  • After the building has been completed, the implementation of the energy efficiency measures will be verified by Focus on Energy. At this time, the building owner will receive financial incentives.