Addressing Energy Poverty in Wisconsin Communities

Focus on Energy is a ratepayer funded government organization that has been providing energy efficiency products and services to Wisconsin residents since 2001. However, low-income Wisconsinites have not benefited from the program as much as higher earning members of the community. As a result of shifting policy priorities, program administrators are beginning to identify obstacles causing this problem and seek out possible solutions. This report for Focus on Energy outlines barriers between low-income communities and the services Focus provides. It also puts forth possible solutions to help the organization better serve low-income residents of Wisconsin.


  • Course: Spring 2021 Workshop in Public Affairs, PA 869, taught by Greg Nemet
  • Authors:  Laura Downer, Sonny Leffin, Mitchell McFarlane, and Nicholas Schaefer
  • Client: Public Service Commission of Wisconsin: Office of Energy Innovation

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