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Sturgeon Bay Honored for Energy Leadership (9/28/2010)

Sturgeon Bay has received WPPI Energy’s Leading by Example award for demonstrating best practices that help consumers reduce energy costs, save energy and protect the environment. The award is intended to highlight the city’s efforts and encourage local citizens to take advantage of opportunities to save energy and make use of green power in their own businesses and homes.

“Municipally owned Sturgeon Bay Utilities has long offered a host of programs aimed at helping local citizens save energy and make use of renewables,” said Sturgeon Bay Utilities General Manager Jim Stawicki. “Now, we're taking this commitment one step further, ‘walking the talk’ to encourage community members to do the same.”

The Leading by Example award was presented on September 16 in Green Bay, Wis., at the annual meeting of WPPI Energy, the nonprofit power supplier for Sturgeon Bay Utilities and 50 other community-owned electric utilities. To qualify for the award, WPPI Energy member communities must do the following in their utility and municipal facilities:

  • Put in place a policy or resolution to pursue energy efficiency.
  • Identify and carry out energy-saving projects.
  • Install a community-based renewable energy project.

Purchase green power to offset some or all of the energy used in one or more buildings. WPPI Energy supports the municipalities with technical assistance and funding, including a $10 million revolving fund providing zero-interest loans for qualified energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Sturgeon Bay is one of the first 11 WPPI Energy member communities to receive the award.

“Saving energy is the most important thing we can do to delay the need for expensive new power plants, help customers keep their bills down in tough economic times, and protect the environment,” said WPPI Energy President and CEO, Roy Thilly, who presented the award. “Sturgeon Bay is leading by example for a better energy future.”

For more information about the energy efficiency and green power programs available to customers of the municipal electric utility, call (920) 746-2820 or visit www.sbunet.org.

Sturgeon Bay Utilities General Manager Jim Stawicki accepts the community's Leading by Example Award from Dale Lythjohan, chairman of the Board of Directors of WPPI Energy and general manager of Cedarburg Light & Water Utility.

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