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PSC Awards US$ 10 Million in Energy Innovation Grants for 46 projects

April 22, 2022
The grants went to projects that reduce energy consumption and demand, install renewable energy and battery storage technologies, and create comprehensive energy plans.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has awarded US$ 10 million in funding from the Energy Innovation Grant Program (EIGP). The grants went to 46 projects that reduce energy consumption and demand, install renewable energy and battery storage technologies, and create comprehensive energy plans. Applications for this grant cycle were due on Jan. 14, 2022. The PSC received 105 applications requesting more than US$ 31 million in funding.

“I am thrilled with the grants that were funded, which will support manufacturers, farms, local governments, schools, nonprofits, and residents across Wisconsin invest in innovative clean energy projects and save on energy costs,” said Tyler Huebner, Commissioner, PSC. “The Energy Innovation Grant Program is a vital resource to help in our statewide efforts to keep energy affordable and reduce carbon emissions.”

The EIGP is implemented through the Office of Energy Innovation (OEI) at the PSC. During this grant cycle, the Commission sought projects that focused on renewable energy and energy storage, energy efficiency and demand response, and comprehensive energy planning. The awarded projects range in size from US$ 26,136 to US$ 1 million with awardees providing or securing matching funds of approximately US$ 10 million. Among the funded applications, 11 grants will include battery energy storage.

Due to the number of applications received during the previous grant cycle, in which 108 applications were submitted and 32 projects were funded for a total of US$ 7 million, the Commission increased this most recent grant cycle by US$ 3 million, bringing the total to US$ 10 million available. Wisconsin manufacturers, cities, villages, towns, counties, K-12 school districts, tribes, municipal water and wastewater utilities, municipal electric utilities, municipal natural gas utilities, University of Wisconsin System campuses and facilities, Wisconsin Technical College System, public or nonprofit hospitals, and 501(c)(3) nonprofits were eligible to apply.

Click here for a list of the grant recipients. Click here for more information about the Energy Innovation Grant Program.

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