MADISON, Wis.—April 22, 2020—Focus on Energy in Wisconsin has selected WPS Health Solutions as one of 13 winners of the Energy Efficiency Excellence Award for 2020. The announcement, which coincides with Earth Day on April 22, recognizes WPS’ commitment to improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of operations.
The statewide program worked with its partner utilities to choose the winners.
“WPS Health Solutions is honored to earn this award for ongoing energy conservation efforts. Saving energy is just one of the ways we care for the environment, both today and for future generations."Ken Roseth, Vice President of Facility Operations
Since 2017, WPS has completed more than 25 major energy-efficiency initiatives. The list includes major LED lighting retrofits; optimization of air handlers and associated support equipment; optimization of data center climate controls; and converting a steam heating system to a high-efficiency hot water system.
Including the last project applications from 2019, annual savings from those projects are estimated at 2.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 23,000 therms of natural gas, according to Alex Dodd, an energy adviser with Focus on Energy.
Using 2019 electricity and gas prices, that equates to about $275,000 in annual savings. Also, that amount of energy is enough to power 210 homes for a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas equivalency calculator. Total consumption (in British thermal units) at the Madison campus has been reduced by 15%.
Dodd also estimates total incentives from Focus on Energy at $215,000 for projects in 2017 through 2019.
Focus on Energy is funded by the state's investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities.