Public Service Commission: Grant Check Presented to Green Bay Area School District

GREEN BAY, Wis. (July 18, 2006) – Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairperson Dan Ebert presented the Green Bay Area Public School District on Monday, July 17, 2006, with a financial incentive check from Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative.  The check was presented for the district’s most recent implementation of large space air management systems in ten of its schools. 

When installed, the air management system controls will help the schools manage the outside air in-take based on occupancy in applicable areas such as auditoriums, commons and gymnasiums.  This measure will reduce unnecessary cooling and heating of large quantities of outside air when occupancy is below peak capacity and insures that adequate ventilation is provided when needed.  Overall, this energy efficiency project will save the Green Bay Area Public School District more than $76,243 per year in projected energy costs.

“The Green Bay School District is a leader in energy efficiency projects and is a great example of what government can do to help control energy costs,” said Ebert. “Schools that work with Focus on Energy have lower operating costs, reduced energy costs and save tax dollars.”

Focus on Energy’s partnership with Green Bay Area Public School District began in 2002.  Since then the district has undertaken a number of energy efficiency projects and improvements saving more than $486,000.  Additional financial incentives also have offset the cost of implementing the energy efficiency equipment.

“We have a good working partnership,” noted Nathan Nygaard, energy advisor for the Focus on Energy Business Programs’ Schools and Government Sector.  “This district was one of the first in the state to start an energy committee, and I’m pleased to be included as a member of the committee.

Some of the other improvements made by the Green Bay Area Public School district include regular service tune-ups for boilers, steam traps and chillers to keep the equipment working at peak performance, installation of high efficiency lighting with occupancy sensors, HVAC systems and variable frequency drives on motors.  More energy efficiency projects are in the final stages of completion for the district.  They include upgrading hallway lighting at one of the high schools, chiller tune-ups at several schools and scheduling computers to shut down during off hours and down time. 

For more information about saving opportunities at other businesses or Focus on Energy’s Business Programs, call Focus on Energy at 800.762.7077 or visit

About Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy is a public-private partnership offering energy information and services to energy utility customers throughout Wisconsin.  The goals of this program are to encourage energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, enhance the environment and ensure the future supply of energy for Wisconsin.  Since July 2001, the program has helped Wisconsin’s businesses and residents cut their annual utility bills by more than $98 million – reducing their energy consumption by nearly 811 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and more than 40 million therms of natural gas.  For more information, call 800.762.7077 or visit

About Focus on Energy Business Programs
Focus on Energy, a statewide service, works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.  We provide technical expertise, training and financial incentives to help implement innovative energy management projects. We place emphasis on helping implement projects that otherwise would not get completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled. Our efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, protect our environment and control the state’s growing demand for electricity and natural gas.