Utilities, Walgreens partner to save energy

Reedsburg Times


Focus on Energy, the statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy created by Wisconsin utilities, recently recognized Walgreens.

The utilities recognized Walgreens for strong efforts made in 2013 to reduce energy usage in Wisconsin through the utilities’ Chain Stores and Franchises Program.

Focus on Energy recently presented Walgreens representatives with a $500,000 incentive check at the Edison Electric Institute National Key Accounts Workshop in Orlando, Fla.

Walgreens participation will save enough energy to power more than 5,000 homes. The company took advantage of the maximum annual project incentives, totaling $500,000 cash back on its energy-saving upgrades. The projects spanned more than 200 Wisconsin locations in 2013. The changes included the addition of energy-management systems, demand-controlled ventilation, low-watt re-lamping, and refrigeration upgrades that included LED lighting, high-efficiency motors and anti-sweat heater controls.

“The Focus on Energy Chain Stores and Franchises Program is designed to help stores like Walgreens save energy, reduce utility costs and boost the customer experience,” said Matthew Matenaer, program manager for Focus on Energy. “Walgreens is now saving energy across its Wisconsin stores and facilities. We look forward to seeing other businesses in the state participate in our energy savings programs.”

“Walgreens commitment to helping our customers and employees get, stay and live well goes beyond our products and services,” said Jamie Meyers, manager of sustainability at Walgreens. “By focusing on energy efficiency in our stores, we are able to reduce our carbon footprint.”

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