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An Outlook for Energy Efficiency in Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Plan

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On April 19, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced the release of the State of Wisconsin Clean Energy Plan (CEP). The first of its kind in the state, the CEP was prepared by the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy as directed by Executive Order #38. The CEP emphasizes previously defined state goals through the creation of a pathway to multi-sector deep decarbonization and a transition to a strong clean energy economy that prioritizes environmental justice, a diverse workforce and technological innovation.  The CEP complements, but remains distinct from, the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change Report. While taking into consideration the work accomplished by the Task Force, the CEP is focused primarily on the…

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Highlights from DTE and Consumers Energy’s Recent EWR Plan Settlements

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Michigan state law requires that utilities periodically file Energy Waste Reduction (EWR) plans outlining allocated resources that advance energy efficiency within their territories. These plans define the programs the utility will run, where the programs will take place, which customers will be targeted as well as the associated budgets and anticipated energy savings. Utilities submit these plans to comply with PA 341 and 342 from 2016, which mandated that the state’s investor-owned gas utilities save .75% and the electric utilities save 1% annually.   The Michigan Public Service Commission recently approved settlement agreements for EWR plans for DTE Electric, DTE Gas and Consumers Energy. As a result of the settlements, there will…

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Energy Code Development, Adoption and Compliance: The Benefits of Regularly Updated Codes

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Building energy codes are a powerful tool for incorporating energy efficiency into buildings. In order to better understand the process and the importance of consistent code adoption, this blog will examine the three phases of the energy code cycle: the development of a new model energy code or standard, adoption of the updated code by states and cities and compliance with the code.[1] What are building energy codes?  Building codes set minimum standards for residential and commercial building construction and help to ensure the health, safety and welfare of building occupants and communities. More specifically, building energy codes set minimum energy efficiency requirements for new construction, additions and certain renovations.…

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