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Smart energy use is everyone’s business

Local businesses are key targets for an energy-saving initiative launched recently by Lake Mills Light & Water and our power supplier, WPPI Energy. There is no better time for local businesses to take action to reduce their operating expenses by saving energy, and we want our commercial and industrial customers to know that we are here to help.

Lake Mills Light & Water and WPPI Energy offer programs, technical assistance and financial incentives to help businesses operate more efficiently, and now the utilities are ramping up efforts to encourage customers to participate. This month, a direct mail piece to commercial and industrial utility customers highlights some of the utility’s key programs for businesses:

  • New Construction Design Assistance. Construction projects present an ideal opportunity to design and build for greater efficiency, performance and comfort. [Utility Name]’s New Construction Design Assistance program offers technical and design assistance for new commercial buildings. In some cases, financial incentives are available to help overcome financial barriers to making efficiency improvements.


  • RFP for Energy Efficiency. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for Energy Efficiency encourages investment in cost-effective, energy-saving projects by inviting large power customers to submit competitive proposals for upgrades to equipment and systems within existing facilities. Grant funding of up to $250,000 is awarded across the WPPI Energy system in each round of project bidding. Applications for the current round of funding are due March 26.


  • Shared Savings Program. This program provides up-front capital to offset the initial cost of energy-saving projects with lasting results. Businesses or organizations may borrow up to $50,000 at a low interest rate, repaying the funding in monthly installments on their utility bill. Often, payments are less than the energy cost savings, resulting in a positive cash flow for the customer.