Setting the course for the next wave of efficiency opportunity in Wisconsin
The energy efficiency landscape continues to rapidly change as opportunities shrink and goals become more aggressive. APTIM, the administrator of Wisconsin’s successful Focus on Energy program, needed to infuse innovation into its efficiency portfolio, ensuring it meets changing goals.
VEIC partnered with APTIM to provide analytics, assessment, and to establish innovative pilot programs, informing new strategies and investments to evolve the portfolio for future success. Services: Energy Efficiency
In 2019, VEIC advanced new midstream solutions and a behavior pilot, in addition to identifying opportunities to optimize residential and business efficiency programs. Collectively, in partnership with APTIM and program implementers, Focus on Energy met 2019 kWh, therms, and MMBtu savings goals and had a strong start to 2020.
The cost of successEnergy efficiency programs throughout the U.S. have successfully harvested the low-hanging fruit, modernizing inefficient heating, cooling, and lighting systems. The results have been tremendous, as traditional efficiency programs have yielded very high rates of energy savings. But this success comes with a cost. As the benefits of energy efficiency programs become well-known, real and impactful innovation becomes harder to achieve and new technologies/solutions merit further exploration. Less expensive efficient products and gradually increasing federal lighting and efficiency standards have converged with more progressive building codes and ever-increasing energy savings goals. These factors challenge the way that we define success with conventional efficiency tactics, and despite all the work that still needs to be done, the status quo of traditional energy efficiency programs may soon be insufficient to address future needs. In the face of these headwinds, APTIM, the administrator of Wisconsin’s energy efficiency program — Focus on Energy —partnered with VEIC to infuse innovation into the state’s energy efficiency portfolio, ensuring it anticipates the needs of tomorrow. Known for piloting new approaches — and developing data-driven strategies and analytics needed to support and validate them — VEIC is a proven leader in energy efficiency innovation. That’s why we were selected to team up on an already-successful program in Wisconsin, alongside a partner that was not satisfied with the status quo.
“Our partnership with VEIC has allowed us to grow the Focus on Energy programs that help Wisconsin residents and businesses reduce their energy use and save money on their utility bills. Their experience with emerging technology has helped us take our energy efficiency programs to the next level with a focus on sustainable energy innovation. ”