WisBusiness: the Podcast with Lisa Stefanik, managing director for Focus on Energy

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: the Podcast” features Lisa Stefanik, managing director for Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program. 

She took over as managing director near the end of October after working for the program earlier in her career. She previously held the role of Focus on Energy marketing manager and energy policy advisor at the state’s Public Service Commission between 2004 and 2011. More recently, she worked in various roles including implementation, advisory and evaluation in the energy industry. 

In the latest podcast, Stefanik highlights the importance of energy efficiency projects for the state’s workforce, economy and environment. 

“Our recent evaluation shows that for every dollar invested in the Focus on Energy projects, that we return at least four dollars of economic benefit to Wisconsin, so that’s a really exciting, exciting idea to me,” she said. 

She also provides an overview of how the program works, including an example of a project that has benefited from it. And she details her plans for continuing to grow the program’s impact in the state, for both businesses and residents of Wisconsin. 

The program provides financial incentives for various energy efficiency upgrades, such as new HVAC and lighting systems, as well as renewable energy projects including wind and solar.

Listen to the podcast below, sponsored by UW-Madison: