River Falls honored for energy leadership -- community receives awardRiver Falls 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.
River Falls 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.
"Our hometown utility is dedicated to making River Falls a better place to live and work," said Carl Gaulke, River Falls Municipal Utilities General Manager. "As part of that commitment, we have long offered a host of programs aimed at helping local citizens and businesses save energy, become more energy efficient and make use of renewables. We also know that we must lead by example in these areas, ‘walking the talk’ to encourage customers to do the same."
The award was presented on Sept. 16 in Green Bay, at the annual meeting of WPPI Energy, the nonprofit power supplier for River Falls Municipal 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. River Falls 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. “River Falls 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 (715) 425-0906 or visit www.rfmu.org.