Energy Efficiency Standard for Focus on Energy

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Wisconsin
Name Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Incentive Type Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Applicable Sector Investor-Owned Utility, Utility
Eligible Technologies Custom/Others pending approval, Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Landfill Gas, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Electric Sales Reduction 2011-2014: Net annual electric energy savings of 1,816,320,000 kWh
Natural Gas Sales Reduction 2011-2014: Net annual natural gas savings of 73,040,000 therms
Rate Impact Parameters Yes

Date added to DSIRE 2011-03-09
Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-25
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


In March 2006, Wisconsin enacted Act 141 (2005), which requires the commission to revise goals, priorities, and measurable targets for energy efficiency programs every 4 years. An order issued by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in November 2010 set annual percentage targets for electricity and natural gas reductions for the first 4-year planning period (2011-2014). Funding is provided by ratepayers to the utilities' statewide energy efficiency program (Focus on Energy) in order to achieve these goals, with the funding levels increasing each year. However, in 2011, the legislature enacted Act 32, which repealed higher funding levels for the energy efficiency standard. Utilities are required to spend 1.2% of annual operating revenues to fund both energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Because of the funding restriction, the PSC issued an order in January 2012 to remove the annual percentage reductions and set annual kWh and therm reduction goals for Focus on Energy programs. The 2011-2014 net annual electric energy savings goal is 1,816,320,000 kWh and the net annual natural gas savings goal is 73,040,000 therms. The program administrator is contractually obligated (Docket 9501-FE-116) to meet these savings goals, and the contract may be terminated by the state if the program administrator fails to meet the terms of the contract. The program administrator can receive a bonus (Professional Fee) for satisfactory performance of the work.

An evaluation completed in November 2012 showed that Focus on Energy did not meet its 2011 goal. Focus has through 2014 to meet the four-year goal.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - PSC
Department Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Address 610 North Whitney Way
Address 2 P.O. Box 7854
Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53707-7854
Phone (608) 266-5481
Phone 2 (888) 816-3831

Contact Name Jolene Sheil
Department Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Address 610 North Whitney Way, P.O. Box 7854
Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53707-7854
Phone (608) 266-5481


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 2005 Wisconsin Act 141
Date Effective 2007-07-01
Date Enacted 2006-03-17

Authority 2: Wis. Stat. § 196.374

Authority 3: PSC Docket 5-GF-191 Order
Date Enacted 2010-11-09

Authority 4: 2011 Wisconsin Act 32
Date Effective 2011-07-01
Date Enacted 2011-06-26

Authority 5: PSC Docket 5-GF-191 Order
Date Enacted 2012-01-13

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"