CUB is partnering with different organizations to provide perspectives and resources for small businesses about the changing world of energy and utilities.
The first webinar, “Business Energy Trends 2022: Challenges & Opportunities for Your Small Business,” featured Scott Coenen of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum; Tom Content of CUB; Jessy Servi Ortiz of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council; and Lisa Geason-Bauer of B Local Wisconsin.
The webinar featured updates on energy trends affecting the business community as well as a variety of useful resources for businesses interested in monitoring, managing and ultimately saving on their energy costs.
Volatile and surging natural gas prices (up 23% from a year ago) along with costs linked to shuttering coal-fired power plants are putting pressure on natural gas and electric bills
More electricity price increases could be in the offing for 2023. We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service and Madison Gas & Electric are all seeking approval for increases in cases recently filed with the Public Service Commission.
Tools to monitor and manage energy costs include:
- Focus on Energy’s Business Assessment Tool;
- Energy Star Portfolio Manager;
- WSBC’s Green Masters Program; and
- B Lab US and Canada’s SDG Action Manager.
Resources to save include:
- energy audits, consultations and incentives provided by the state Focus on Energy program;
- demand response or energy efficiency incentives offered by utilities; and
- Pace Wisconsin financing to help businesses that own their own building spread out the upfront cost of upgrades.