River Falls Municipal Utility (RFMU) provides matching rebates to non-profit customers who participate and receive rebates through the Focus On Energy program. Incentives are available on a range of commercial and industrial equipment. The combined value of RFMU and Focus on Energy incentives will cover 60% of the project costs, up to $5,000. Eligible measures include but are not limited to lighting, HVAC, motors, variable frequency drives, compressed air and food service equipment. Custom incentives require pre-approval from Focus On Energy.
River Falls Municipal Utilities (RFMU), a member of WPPI Energy, offers a special energy purchase rate to its customers that generate electricity using solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The special rate, $0.30/kilowatt-hour (kWh), is available to all the RFMU customers on a first-come, first-served basis for systems up to 4 kilowatts (kW). The RFMU program is part of a larger solar buyback program being offered by WPPI to its member utilities, which has a total program limit of 300 kW.
River Falls Municipal Utility (RFMU) offers a variety of rebates to business customers for implementing energy efficient equipment upgrades. Rebates are available for commercial lighting, central AC tune-ups, and custom projects. LED exit signs may also be installed at local businesses through an RFMU initiative. Custom offerings include the Shared Savings incentives, which are capped at $50,000 and may include all new electrical energy-saving or demand-reducing measures.
Focus on Energy offers financial incentives to eligible business customers to retro-commission buildings to optimize performance. The program provides incentives for building efficiency studies based on the size of the facility and the number of recommended measures installed. Incentive levels for installed measures are $0.08 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) or $0.5/therm. The incentive is distributed in 2 separate payments; the first payment is distributed after measures have been installed, and the second payment is distributed after a site visit 90 days after the installations are verified.
The Focus on Energy Program offers a Residential Rewards Program to eligible residents for purchasing and installing furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air sealing, attic insulation, and water heaters. Improvements must meet the program’s efficiency and equipment standards in order to be eligible for an award. Equipment should be installed prior to submitting an application and should come from the list of pre-qualified equipment listed on the program web site.
Focus on Energy offers incentives for income-qualifying customers for the purchase of high efficiency heating equipment. Owner-occupied single-family and multifamily residences of 3 units or less are eligible for the incentives. Applicants must be able to document a gross household income of 60-80% of the State Median Income. See the program web site for income eligibility requirements and application materials; income verification must be completed prior to incentive payment.
This page describes requirements for obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) or a Certificate of Authority (CA), one of which is required for any new power plant construction.
In 1998 Wisconsin enacted Act 204, requiring regulated utilities in eastern Wisconsin to install to an aggregate total of 50 MW of new renewable-based electric capacity by December 31, 2000. In October 1999 Wisconsin enacted Act 9, becoming the first state to enact a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) without having restructured its electric-utility industry. Wisconsin's RPS originally required investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives to obtain at least 2.2% of the electricity sold to customers from renewable-energy resources by 2012.
Wisconsin has two sales tax exemptions that apply to renewable energy. Legislation enacted in 1979 exempts wood sold as a fuel for residential use from the state sales and use tax (Wis. Stat. § 77.54(30)). Residential use means use in a structure or portion of a structure which is the person's permanent residence. A clause was added in 2007 expanding the exemption to include sales of all biomass -- as defined in Wis. Stat. § 196.378 (1) (ar) -- used as fuel for residential use. This definition includes wood, energy crops, biological wastes, biomass residues, and landfill gas.
'''''Note: The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) issued an order in September 2013 which suspends incentives for Solar Thermal and Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems for the remainder of 2013. Focus on Energy will continue to provide incentives for Geothermal technologies until funds have been exhausted. The summary below describes the program as it existed before the solar incenitves were suspended. '''''