Six of Wisconsin’s leading manufacturers were recently awarded $1.7 million in competitive grants to improve energy efficiency at their facilities. Governor Jim Doyle awarded the grants to BPM Inc., Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, Mercury Marine, Procter & Gamble, and Thilmany Papers to invest in energy-efficiency projects.
“Wisconsin is working hard to help our manufacturers invest in energy efficiency technologies that reduce energy costs, improve their bottom line, and create and retain jobs,” Governor Doyle said. “Through these investments, we’ll help some of our biggest manufacturers invest in energy efficiency that will help them compete.”
According to Doyle, the grant recipients will save an estimated 12.5 million kWh of electricity and 1.1 million therms of natural gas—enough to power 2,500 homes for a year and eliminate more than 35 million pounds of CO2 emissions.
Wisconsin is the only state directing 100 percent of its state energy funds from the Recovery Act—more than $55 million—to help state manufacturers bring down their costs through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Through the state energy program, companies are already creating hundreds of jobs through these investments.
INFO: Contact Laura Smith at 608-261-2162.