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Governor Doyle announces renewable energy efforts saves state more than $193 million a year

Madison (WKOW) -- from WI Governor:  Governor Jim Doyle announced Tuesday that Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative, has helped Wisconsin residents and businesses save more than $193 million in annual energy costs by working with the program.

  "For more than eight years the Focus on Energy Program has worked with Wisconsin residents and businesses to better the environment and reduce energy costs," Governor Doyle said. "The Focus Program is consistently recognized on a national level for its contributions to the environment and to the residents of Wisconsin. The energy and cost savings numbers will continue to grow as more residents and businesses take advantage of the program's offerings."

  The savings translate into real economic and environmental benefits, impacting businesses and consumers.

  To date the program has helped businesses from all sectors reduce energy consumption by more than 897 million kWh and more than 56 million therms, resulting in energy cost savings of nearly $121 million. 

  Focus Programs are designed to work with eligible Wisconsin businesses of all sizes and in all industries to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. 

  The residential offerings have amounted to more than $64 million in annual energy cost savings since 2001.

  Focus makes purchasing energy efficiency products easier by providing Cash-Back Rewards on things like qualified water heaters, heating and cooling systems and lighting, to name a few.

  The program also provides professional advice to residents wanting to build energy efficient homes or assess the efficiency of their existing homes.

  To put the figures into perspective, the total savings are equivalent to:

  • The amount of electricity consumed annually by approximately 218,000 average homes in Wisconsin.
  • Meeting the electricity needs of a town the size of Dodgeville, Wis., for 29 years.
  • The amount of energy produced by burning 7,267 rail car loads of coal.
  • The same energy value as 4 million barrels of oil.

  The following tables provide details about the financial, energy and environmental savings generated by Wisconsin's Focus on Energy Program.

 

FOCUS ON ENERGY BENEFIT DISTRIBUTION BY SECTOR

July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2008

Business

Residential

Renewable

Energy

Total

Electricity Kilowatt-hour Savings

897,016,054

506,149,203

50,198,755

1,453,364,012

Natural Gas Therms Savings

56,272,460

10,450,240

3,776,655

70,499,355

Annual Dollar Value of Energy Savings

$120,852,422

$64,903,190

$8,034,773

$193,790,385

  

FOCUS ON ENERGY EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS (in pounds)

July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2008

Nitrogen Oxides

Sulfur Dioxide

Greenhouse Gas

Carbon Dioxide

Mercury

More than 3.4 million pounds

More than 5.3 million pounds

More than 3.2 billion pounds

224 pounds

 

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