Installing cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects creates jobs, upgrades local infrastructure, and improves the environment.
Bottom line, the energy and dollars saved through FOCUS ON ENERGY® strengthens Wisconsin’s economy.
By eliminating energy waste we reduce the need to purchase coal and natural gas from other states. This keeps dollars in Wisconsin and lessens the need to build additional power plants.
Focus on Energy’s work delivers real, measurable energy and financial savings for Wisconsin’s residents and businesses.
All told, since 2011, Focus on Energy has delivered more than $1 billion worth of net economic benefits to Wisconsin.
Focus on Energy is funded by Wisconsin’s investor-owned energy utilities, as required under Wis. Stat. § 196.374(2)(a), and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities.
As administrator of the Focus on Energy program, APTIM is responsible for overall contract management and coordination of program solutions, umbrella marketing and communication activities, utility coordination, and reporting to SEERA and the PSC.
Wipfli LLP serves as the Program’s Fiscal Agent. In its fiduciary capacity, Wipfli receives, distributes, and accounts for SEERA funds, as required under Wis. Stat. §. 196.374(2)(a).
Wipfli LLP also serves as the Program’s System Administrator. Wipfli manages the Focus on Energy enterprise database system and other software systems utilized for the Focus on Energy Program.
Baker Tilly US, LLP serves as the Program’s independent Compliance Agent. On an annual basis, Baker Tilly audits the Administrator, Implementers and subcontractors to test compliance with contractual requirements and Focus on Energy policies and procedures.
The CADMUS Group serves as the Program’s independent Evaluator. CADMUS leads a team of evaluation experts that quantify the energy-saving impacts of Focus on Energy to Wisconsin’s economy and citizens. They also verify the Administrator's reported energy savings.
Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Provides oversight of the statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, including: review and approval of the Program Administrator selected by the utilities and of the contracts between the utilities and Program Administrator for the administration of statewide programs; contracting with one or more independent parties for an annual performance evaluation and financial audits of the statewide programs; requiring each energy utility to spend the amount required to fund statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource programs; and managing day-to-day program activities.
Statewide Energy Efficiency and Renewables Administration (SEERA)
Creates and funds statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. SEERA also contracts, on the basis of competitive bids, with one or more persons to administer the programs. SEERA has no obligations regarding the statewide programs other than creating and funding the programs and contracting for their administration.