New Glarus Brewing Company Receives Focus On Energy Award


June 20, 2019

Sue Moen

New Glarus Brewing Co. is known to consumers for using 100-percent natural ingredients and for only distributing their handcrafted beers in the state of Wisconsin.

Less recognized is the company's emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency, qualities that earned New Glarus Brewing Co. an Energy Efficiency Excellence Award on Tuesday, June 18th.

Focus on Energy®, Wisconsin's energy efficiency and renewable resources program, gives the awards annually to Wisconsin businesses and groups that show a commitment to reducing energy waste.

New Glarus Brewing Co. has been participating in the Focus on Energy program since 2013 on projects ranging from floating head pressure controls in its refrigerated warehouse to LED lighting upgrades and rooftop solar panels.

Since 2013, the company has implemented seven energy efficiency projects in collaboration with Focus on Energy and the brewer's utilities, Alliant Energy and New Glarus Light and Water. Combined, those projects will have lifecycle energy savings of 5,409,515 kilowatt hours of electricity and 96,240 therms of natural gas – enough energy to power 520 homes for a full year.

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Since its start-up in 1993, New Glarus Brewing Co. has twice been named one of the World's Ten Best Breweries at the World Beer Championship and twice honored as Midsize Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival.

Focus on Energy offers energy expertise and financial incentives to encourage Wisconsin homeowners, businesses and other groups to invest in energy efficiency. Customers of the 107 participating utilities are eligible for the benefits.

A recent evaluation found every $1.00 invested in Focus on Energy generates more than $5.00 in benefits for the state of Wisconsin, including economic benefits, reduced pollution and reduced energy costs.


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