Focus on Energy program gives Walgreens $500,000 incentive for energy upgrades

Madison, Wis. -- Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities' statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, recognized Walgreens’ strong efforts in 2013 for reducing its energy usage across Wisconsin through the Chain Stores and Franchises Program.

Focus on Energy recently presented Walgreens representatives with a $500,000 incentive check at the Edison Electric Institute National Key Accounts Workshop in Orlando, Fla.

Walgreens participation in Focus on Energy is estimated to save the retailer an estimated 58 million kWh over the total life of the upgrades. Walgreens took advantage of the maximum annual project incentives, totaling $500,000 cash back on its energy-saving upgrades. The projects spanned across more than 200 Wisconsin locations in 2013.   

Walgreens efficiency measures included the addition of energy management systems (EMS), demand controlled ventilation (DCV), low watt re-lamping of stores, and refrigeration upgrades comprised of LED case lighting, ECM motors and anti-sweat heater controls.

“The Focus on Energy Chain Stores and Franchises Program is designed to help stores like Walgreens save energy, reduce utility costs, and boost the customer experience,” said Matthew Matenaer, program manager for Focus on Energy. “Walgreens is now saving energy across its Wisconsin stores and facilities. We look forward to seeing other businesses in the state participate in our energy savings programs.”

“Walgreens’ commitment to helping our customers and employees get, stay, and live well goes beyond our products and services,” said Jamie Meyers, manager of sustainability at Walgreens. “By focusing on energy efficiency in our stores, we are able to reduce our carbon footprint.”


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