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on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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 Madison, Wisconsin (November 13, 2018)—WECC and Seventhwave, two mission driven nonprofits that have led energy efficiency innovation for close to four decades, will become one organization on January 1, 2019.  The new organization, Slipstream, will specialize in innovation around deep energy efficiency and clean energy, accelerating market transformation with a focus on underserved markets, and energy financing solutions for utilities and their residential and commercial customers.

“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation. Slipstream will make a major contribution to a clean future with an expert-powered, innovative team and inclusive program approaches to insure everyone has access to the benefits of clean energy,” shared Peter Kilde, Chair of WECC's board of directors.

Seventhwave Board of Directors Chair Bill Oemichen remarked: "The clean energy economy needs scale up, fast. Slipstream unites Seventhwave's powerful research and education capabilities with WECC’s proven program and financing solutions that empower utilities, governments and customers to tackle major energy savings. Combining forces allows us to make a bigger impact for our clients and the environment.”

Both organizations have earned industry respect for solving tough technical problems and  serving underserved markets.

Slipstream will collaborate with electric and gas utilities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses to discover and field test emerging technologies that accelerate the health, quality of life and economic benefits of the evolving clean power grid. Central to Slipstream's mission will be to ensure that clean power is used as efficiently as possible. Slipstream will design and pilot new program approaches that help businesses and residents optimize energy use. Slipstream will specialize in reaching underserved markets and empower energy professionals through advanced technical education.

Slipstream will be headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin with an office in Chicago, Illinois, as well as field offices across the United States. The organization’s 160+ team includes: nationally-recognized leaders in sustainable commercial and residential buildings, community-based program approaches, emerging technologies, climate change impacts on human health and building energy use, conservation, consumer and commercial finance, market transformation, sustainability services, along with award winning marketing and education services.  

on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

We recently said goodbye to George Edgar, who began his well-deserved retirement earlier this month. George was WECC’s Executive Director from 1991 until 1999. Since then, he served as our Policy Director.

George’s strong commitment to environmental equity is evidenced by his continuous work on programs that reach low-income populations. His vision of energy efficiency justice drove the creation of Energy Finance Solutions in 1996. Since then, he continued to be a strong advocate for breaking down energy efficiency barriers and has made remarkable contributions to WECC’s portfolio of limited-income programs.

George Edgar

Other noteworthy achievements include helping to design the original program applications for Focus on Energy, and working with a team of WECC staff to write the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant application.

George’s contributions to WECC and the energy efficiency industry are unmatched. We thank him for his many years of dedicated service, and wish him all the best in this next chapter!

Watch the video below to hear from George, as he reflects on his long and successful career.

on Monday, April 16, 2018

Energy efficiency programs are evolving, and so are the needs of our clients and their customers. As a pioneer in this industry, we understand the importance of continually advancing our products, services, and the technologies that support them. That’s why we’ve partnered with leading cloud-based solution provider energyOrbit to develop a dynamic new program management tool. 

energyOrbit

The energyOrbit dashboard—accessible from any device with an Internet connection—will provide utility partners with real-time access to program updates and reporting. Similarly, utility customers can access the platform to submit and track rebate requests online—resulting in a simplified user experience that makes participating in energy savings programs easy and intuitive. But the benefits don’t end there: Enhancing our programs with the energyOrbit tool further streamlines administrative processes—making WECC’s program offerings more cost-effective than ever!

We’re excited to take this next step in enhancing our energy efficiency and demand-side management expertise. To learn more, check out our joint press release with energyOrbit or contact us!

on Thursday, March 1, 2018

We’re excited to share that two WECC staff members have recently assumed new Board of Directors positions with local sustainability organizations Sustain Dane and Dane Buy Local.

Robin Lisowski, Director of New Business, was named President of Sustain Dane’s Board of Directors this January, having served on the board since 2015. Sustain Dane offers a variety of business and community programs, with the aim of establishing Dane County as a national leader in sustainability. WECC is a Sustain Dane member and supporter of their annual Badger Bioneers Conference. Additionally, WECC graduated from Sustain Dane’s MPower Business Champion program in 2016.

Robin has 20 years of operational and sustainability leadership experience, and is an advocate for sustainable development, both personally and professionally. In her role at WECC, Robin directs the development of emerging market products, designing innovative programs that result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Robin also serves as WECC’s sustainability officer, and led efforts to support WECC in achieving a net zero carbon footprint two years in a row.

Also in January, Dan Streit joined the Board of Directors of Dane Buy Local. Dane Buy Local works to promote development of local businesses, and encourage consumers to purchase goods and services locally.

As WECC’s Program Manager for Environmental Sustainability Services, Dan is responsible for developing and implementing programs for corporate and local government clients to improve supply chain sustainability and calculate their carbon footprints. Due to the many environmental benefits of purchasing locally, Dan’s partnership with Dane Buy Local is a perfect fit.

Dan has been involved with Dane Buy Local since 2016, when WECC became a member. As part of his board responsibilities, Dan serves on the Membership Committee, where he helps to recruit and onboard new individual and business members.

We’re thrilled to be partnered with Sustain Dane and Dane Buy Local, and are excited for their continued accomplishments in the Madison area.

on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

We’re excited to announce PACE Wisconsin has approved financing to fund energy efficiency upgrades for the Hotel Indigo (Madison) and Hotel Retlaw (Fond du Lac) redevelopment projects!

WECC’s Energy Finance Solutions (EFS) administers the PACE Wisconsin program, which facilitates low-cost, long-term loans for commercial energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements. The program’s unique financing model—which includes no up-front, out-of-pocket costs—stimulates the revitalization of aging, inefficient buildings which would otherwise remain stagnant.

PROJECT 1: HOTEL INDIGO

  • Madison's near east side
  • $1.5 million in PACE financing
  • Covers energy-efficient HVAC, windows, and measures to enhance building shell performance
  • Improvements will result in nearly $2 million in energy savings

Hotel Indigo


PROJECT 2: HOTEL RETLAW

  • Downtown Fond du Lac
  • $2.3 million in PACE financing
  • Covers updated lighting in guest rooms and common areas, new air handler, chiller, complete HVAC system, and windows
  • Improvements will result in nearly $5 million in energy savings

Hotel Retlaw

WECC is proud to be part of the team that paved the path for PACE financing in Wisconsin. Check out our press release to learn more!

on Thursday, January 25, 2018

Congratulations to Justin on his new position as Treasurer for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Energy Services Professionals’ (AESP) Board of Directors! AESP is a member-based association dedicated to advancing the energy industry through professional development and mentoring programs, networking, and knowledge sharing.

Justin is a Senior Energy Research Analyst at WECC, where he focuses on energy efficiency program design and strategy, as well as emerging technology and market research. He is currently leading an effort to identify beneficial electrification pathways for utilities with an initial emphasis on heat pump technologies. 

Justin Margolies     AESP Wisconsin

Assuming a leadership role in AESP is a natural next step in Justin’s professional path. He began his energy career in community solar business development in Minnesota, and returned to his hometown of Madison in 2015 to complete a Master’s Degree in the newly-founded Resource Energy Demand Analysis (REDA) program at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  

“It was a natural progression for me to graduate from REDA’s hands-on culture, to my current job at WECC, and now as a member of the AESP Wisconsin Board,” Justin said. “Sharing knowledge and improving the industry is what both REDA and AESP are all about. While on the Board, I hope to contribute to new and creative ways to engage the highly accomplished and diverse group of Wisconsin energy professionals.”

Justin joined AESP in 2016, and was honored with the New Professional Scholarship at the 2017 National Conference. He first became involved with the Wisconsin Chapter by volunteering to emcee the Chapter’s inaugural “Switch” event this past September.