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WECC’s Energy Finance Solutions Launches PACE Wisconsin Program

MADISON, Wis. (December 5, 2016) – WECC’s Energy Finance Solutions (EFS) has launched PACE Wisconsin, a statewide program which enables commercial property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements. The program, which is now available for implementation by Wisconsin municipalities and counties, will be administered by EFS. Read more.

WECC's Energy Finance Solutions to Service Holland Energy Fund

MADISON, Wis. (July 28, 2016) – WECC’s Energy Finance Solutions (EFS) was selected to deliver loan origination services (with partner Concord Financial Services) for the city of Holland, Michigan’s Holland Energy Fund. Administered by Michigan Saves, the Holland Energy Fund provides the On-bill Loan Program, which enables residents to complete energy-saving and renewable energy improvements to their home with no upfront cost. Read more.

WECC Awarded Contract with Spencer Municipal Utilities

MADISON, Wis. (July 21, 2016) – WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy efficiency and financing programs, was selected to execute the Iowa Be Bright residential lighting program for Spencer Municipal Utilities. Read more.

WECC Secures Contract with Freeborn Mower Cooperative Services

MADISON, Wis. (July 19, 2016) – WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy efficiency and financing programs, was selected to execute a residential lighting program for Freeborn Mower Cooperative Services. Read more.

WECC Appoints Amanda Berg as Chief Financial Officer

MADISON, Wis. (March 17, 2016) – WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy saving and financing programs, is pleased to announce that Amanda Berg has joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer. Read more.

WECC Building Science Training Expert Named Educator of the Year

MADISON, Wis. (March 3, 2016) – Suzanne Harmelink—Residential Energy Efficiency Training and Technical Assistance Manager at WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy-saving programs—was named Educator of the Year today by Seventhwave at their 2016 Better Buildings: Better Business Conference. Read more.

WECC CEO Appointed to Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Board of Directors

MADISON, Wis. (July 7, 2015) – Mary Schlaefer—CEO of WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy-saving programs—was selected to serve on the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)’s Board of Directors. Read more.

WECC Energy Finance Solutions Makes Solar Electricity Accessible to Hawaii Residents

MADISON, Wis. (July 1, 2015) — Energy Finance Solutions (EFS), a division of WECC, has partnered with the State of Hawaii’s Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) Program to help make clean energy improvements accessible to Hawaii utility customers. EFS developed financing options intended to make the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic systems simple and affordable for Hawaii residents. Read more.

WECC Launches New Website

MADISON, Wis. (June 12, 2014) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy-saving programs, today unveiled a newly designed website, weccusa.org. The new website has a fresh and professional look and feel, navigation is user-friendly, and the content clearly describes the programs and services WECC offers. The site also includes integration of WECC’s social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Read more.

WECC Expert Wins Top Honors as Educator of the Year

MADISON, Wis. (March 8, 2013) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy-saving programs, was recognized this week as one of its staff was publicly recognized for his caliber of work. At the March 7, 2013 opening ceremony of the Better Buildings: Better Business (B4) Conference in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, The Energy Center University announced Robert Parkhurst as its 2013 Educator of the Year. Read more.

Wisconsin Benefits From WECC's Energy Efficiency Successes

MADISON, Wis. (May 1, 2012) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy savings programs, had a productive and accolade-filled year. Recently, national and state organizations honored WECC for accomplishments it achieved in Wisconsin in 2011. Read more.

WECC Expands Services in Michigan

MADISON, Wis. (March 30, 2012) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of award-winning energy savings programs, today announced that they have opened an office and established a team in Michigan to better meet the needs of Michigan businesses and residents eligible for WECC-administered energy efficiency programs. Read more.

WECC Receives ADDY® Awards

MADISON, Wis. (March 8, 2012) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of award-winning energy savings programs, was honored with two ADDY Awards at the recent American Advertising Federation-Madison ADDY Awards Show for its annual report and recently updated tradeshow booth. Read more.

WECC Team Member Recognized as Energy Educator of the Year

MADISON, Wis. (May 18, 2011) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of award-winning energy savings programs, is pleased to recognize Bob Pfeiffer for being named Energy Educator of the Year by the Energy Center of Wisconsin. Read more.

HUD Selects Lenders to Participate in New Pilot Program to Help Homeowners Pay for Energy Improvements to their Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 21, 2011) — Eighteen national, regional and local lenders will participate in a new two-year pilot program that will offer qualified borrowers living in certain parts of the country low-cost loans to make energy-saving improvements to their homes. Read more.

WECC Introduces Renewable Energy Consulting Services

MADISON, Wis. (December 7, 2010) — Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC), a national leader in the design and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, is pleased to announce the launch of its new renewable energy consulting and program services. Read more.

WECC Appoints Tom Allen as Legal Counsel

MADISON, Wis. (October 6, 2010) — Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC), a national leader in the design and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Arnon Allen as legal counsel. Read more.

WECC Energy Initiative Leader Recognized for Industry Expertise

MADISON, Wis. (August 16, 2010) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of award-winning energy savings programs, announces the appointment of Kari Heinrich to the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) board. This position will allow Heinrich to apply her extensive knowledge of solar energy to help execute certification programs and national rating standards for solar energy equipment. Read more.

WECC Awarded Grant to Guide WE2 Project in Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine

MADISON, Wis. (April 22, 2010) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, is pleased to announce that its federal Ramp-Up energy efficiency proposal submitted on behalf of the cities of Milwaukee, Madison, and Racine has been awarded a $20 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Read more.

WECC Appoints Monica Curtis as Director of Planning, Research, and Analysis

MADISON, Wis. (February 01, 2010) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, is pleased to announce the appointment of Monica Curtis as director of Planning, Research, and Analysis. Read more.

WECC Manager, Suzanne Harmelink, Honored with National Weatherization Award

MADISON, Wis. (August 30, 2009) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, is pleased to announce that Suzanne Harmelink, low income senior program manager, received the U.S. Department of Energy National Weatherization Recognition Award at the 2009 National Weatherization Training Conference. Read more.

WECC Appoints Ken Pientka as Director of Midwest Energy Programs

MADISON, Wis. (July 1, 2009) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, announced the appointment of Ken Pientka as director of Midwest Energy Programs, effective April 20, 2009. Read more.

Energy Initiative Leader Recognized for Industry Expertise

MADISON, Wis. (May 4, 2009) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of award-winning energy savings programs, announces the appointment of Sue Durst to the board of Clean Wisconsin. The position will allow her to work collaboratively with Clean Wisconsin to help provide internal structure to their workforce as the organization continues to grow. Read more.

Energy Initiative Leaders Recognized for Industry Expertise

MADISON, Wis. (March 30, 2009) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of award-winning energy savings programs, announce the appointments of Mary Woolsey Schlaefer and Sara Van de Grift to two industry association boards. The positions will allow each party to work collaboratively with outside organizations and extend their industry expertise - further positioning WECC as a leading voice regarding energy initiatives. Read more.

Energy Initiative Leader Unveils New Web Site

MADISON, Wis. (January 30, 2009) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of award-winning energy savings programs, launched a completely redesigned and enhanced version of its Web site, weccusa.org. The site has concise content, a more useable navigation system and an improved look and feel. Read more.

Nationally Recognized Market Research and Program Evaluation Experts Join WECC

MADISON, Wis. (October 29, 2008) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, today announced the addition of Rick Winch and Tom Talerico to its executive team. Former members of Glacier Consulting Group, a market research and program evaluation provider for the energy industry, Winch and Talerico bring experience and credentials that complement WECC's expertise in designing and delivering innovative energy programs. Read more.

WECC Becomes First LEED for Homes Provider in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (April 17, 2008) — WECC is the first and currently the only accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Provider in the state of Wisconsin. The United States Green Building Council selected WECC to be a LEED for Homes Provider based on its expertise in the areas of building performance, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Read more.

WECC Appoints Mary Schlaefer as Executive Director

MADISON, Wis. (February 11, 2008) — WECC, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, today announced the appointment of Mary Schlaefer as executive director, effective March 3. Schlaefer will succeed Janet Brandt, who announced her retirement last November. Read more.

WECC Becomes First LEED for Homes Provider in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (April 17, 2008) — WECC is the first and currently the only accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Provider in the state of Wisconsin. The United States Green Building Council selected WECC to be a LEED for Homes Provider based on its expertise in the areas of building performance, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Read more.

LEED Gold Level Certification Awarded to WECC

MADISON, Wis. (November 28, 2007) — The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded WECC with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold level certification for their newly-constructed office facility in Madison, Wis. The building earned this distinction based on high-performance in the areas of sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Read more.

WECC Recognized with Small Business Success Award

MADISON, Wis. (October 25, 2007) — WECC is being recognized by Corporate Report Wisconsin magazine with a Small Business Success award for its adaptation in a changing market. WECC was one of eight Wisconsin companies to be honored for its achievements. Read more.

Mayor Cieslewicz Applauds WECC's "Sustainable Design" Office Building

MADISON, Wis. (June 1, 2007) — Mayor Dave Cieslewicz celebrated the environmentally conscious and sustainable design of WECC's newly completed office building at an unveiling event on Thursday, May 31. Read more.

WECC Announces New Hires

MADISON, Wis. (April 13, 2007) — WECC is proud to announce the addition of Niels Wolter and Kevin DeMaster to their energy efficiency and renewable energy team. Wolter will oversee the company's Solar Electric Program and DeMaster will be program director of its Business Programs. Read more.

WECC Installs Largest PV Array In Dane County

MADISON, Wis. (November 27, 2006) — WECC installed the largest customer-sited solar electric (Photovoltaic or PV) system in Dane County at its new office facility, currently under construction, in Madison's University Research Park. The PV system is one of many renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies the corporation will install at its new headquarters. Read more.

WECC Breaks Ground for New Energy Efficient Home

MADISON, Wis. (June 14, 2006) — WECC broke ground today for its new energy efficient commercial office building. The 34,000-square-foot facility will be located at University Research Park in Madison and is designed to achieve a Gold Level certification through the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) program. Read more.

WECC Administers Award Winning Programs

MADISON, Wis. (March 22, 2006) — Two WECC programs will receive national awards in March. Energy efficiency efforts that WECC administers in Wisconsin and Iowa are being recognized with ENERGY STAR® awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at a ceremony in Washington D.C on March 21, 2006. Read more.

WECC Praises Signing Of Energy Bill

MADISON, Wis. (March 21, 2006) — WECC believes Governor Jim Doyle's signing of SB 459 is a win for all Wisconsin residents and businesses. The bill, which puts into motion some of the recommendations from the Governor's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, will secure funding for Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative. The bill also requires utilities to generate ten percent of all energy sold in the state from renewable energy sources by 2015. Read more.

WECC Appplauds Assembly Committee Recommendation

MADISON, Wis. (March 3, 2006) — WECC commends the Assembly Energy and Utilities Committee's 10-to-0 vote to recommend State Assembly passage of bill SB 459. The bill, which passed last week in a 32-to-1 vote at the State Senate level, recognizes and supports the important role of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Wisconsin. Read more.

WECC Receives Outstanding Program Ally Award

MADISON, Wis. (February 28, 2006) — WECC recently received the Outstanding Program Ally award at the Solutions for Success Affordable Comfort Conference in New York. WECC won the award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for its Energy Finance Solutions(EFS) service that offers financing for energy efficient home improvements. Read more.

WECC Applauds Senate Committee Recommendation

MADISON, Wis. (February 20, 2006) — The five-to-zero vote to recommend State Senate passage of bill SB 459 is being applauded today by WECC. The bill recognizes and supports the important role in Wisconsin for energy efficiency and renewable energy to help control our energy prices, increase economic development and provide significant environmental benefits. Read more.

Association of Energy Services Professionals Elects Janet Brandt to Board of Directors

MADISON, Wis. (January 17, 2006) — WECC Executive Director Janet Brandt was recently elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP). Brandt was one of ten chosen for the position from a field of 19 candidates. Read more.

WECC Celebrates 25th Anniversary

MADISON, Wis. (October 19, 2005) — WECC is celebrating 25 years of designing and implementing innovative energy efficiency programs and services. Since being founded in 1980, WECC has developed strong partnerships with a dedicated network of retailers, manufacturers, builders and contractors to help change the energy and energy efficiency landscape throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. Read more.

Critical Energy Issues Must Be Solved

MADISON, Wis. (September 12, 2005) — The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is hosting a crucial conference on key energy issues and solutions that will have far-reaching and direct impact for everyone living and working in the Midwest. Read more.

Governor's Budget Proposes Diverting Millions from Energy Programs

MADISON, Wis. (February 10, 2005) — WECC is deeply concerned by the recent release of the Governor's budget which calls for the diversion of $53 million in segregated funds paid by electric customers for energy conservation programs into the State's General Fund. Janet Brandt, WECC Executive Director said, "These proposed cuts signal that securing funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs is not a high priority at this time." Read more.

WECC Supports Governor's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

MADISON, Wis. (December 1, 2004) — WECC, overwhelmingly supports the report of the bipartisan Governor's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Read more.

Focus on Energy Wins Inspiring Efficiency Education Award

MADISON, Wis. (September 29, 2004) — Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative, received an Inspiring Efficiency Education Award from the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) at an awards ceremony September 28, in Chicago, Ill. Read more.

WECC Honored with 'Champion of Energy Efficiency' Award

MADISON, Wis. (September 16, 2004) — WECC was recently honored by the American Council for an Energy–Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as a 2004 Champion of Energy Efficiency. Read more.

WECC Awarded State Department of Administration Contract

MADISON, Wis. (June 1, 2004) — WECC, a nonprofit organization and national leader in designing and implementing energy efficiency programs has been awarded the State Department of Administration contract for Focus on Energy's business programs. Read more.

WECC Wins 2003 Exemplary Program Award

MADISON, Wis. (April 23, 2004) — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has recognized WECC and its 2003 ENERGY STAR® qualified clothes washer promotion as an "exemplary program". Honored for its effort as an outstanding natural gas efficiency program, WECC's "Start the Savings Cycle" program promoted the benefits of replacing old, inefficient clothes washers with ENERGY STAR qualified models to residents of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Read more.

We Energies Recognized for its Increased Use of Wind Energy

MADISON, Wis. (July 28, 2003) — WECC compliments We Energies for its increased commitment to renewable resources as evidenced by the announcement today that We Energies will acquire an additional 214 MW of cost-effective wind resources to supply its customers' needs. The announcement is an important step forward in developing cost-effective wind energy in Wisconsin. Read more.

WECC Receives 2003 ENERGY STAR® Award

MADISON, Wis. (April 25, 2003) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded WECC a 2003 ENERGY STAR Award. WECC, along with Westinghouse and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Association, won the award for educating Midwesterners about the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficient lighting. Read more.

Focus on Energy Wins ENERGY STAR® Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award

MADISON, Wis. (February 18, 2003) — Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative, will receive an ENERGY STAR Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards ceremony March 2 in Washington, D.C. Read more.

WECC Receives National Honor

MADISON, Wis. (February 6, 2003) — Wisconsin ENERGY STAR® Homes and WECC's Suite of ENERGY STAR Programs have both been ranked among the nation's best energy efficiency programs, receiving Honorable Mention awards in a national program sponsored by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Read more.

WECC Earns Award for Energy Efficiency on the 10th Anniversary of ENERGY STAR®

MADISON, Wis. (March 22, 2001) — A Wisconsin energy efficiency organization is being honored by the US Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program for excellence in educating consumers about energy conservation. Read more.

ENERGY STAR® Names WECC Partner of the Year

MADISON, Wis. (March 20, 2001) — A Wisconsin energy efficiency organization is being honored by the US Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program for educating consumers about energy conservation. Read more.