Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is all about doing more with less. It is flattening and reducing electricity demand while creating new jobs and saving businesses and residential consumers money on their utility bills. And what’s more, energy efficiency is the best, fastest, and cheapest way to meet our energy needs while reducing climate change pollution.

States across the Midwest require utilities to provide programs that advance energy efficiency. Through these programs, customers are offered a range of incentives to adopt energy efficiency measures, from rebates on more efficient light bulbs (CFLs and LEDs), appliances and industrial equipment to energy audits that assess whole-home or whole-business opportunities to reduce energy use and save money. Use the links below to learn about the types of programs that are offered in your state:






North Dakota

South Dakota



What is ELPC Doing?

ELPC works with utilities and public utility commissions across the Midwest to create the best possible programs and strategies to reduce demand for electricity. In most states, utilities are required to present multi-year plans to their state utilities board every three to five years. When this happens, ELPC provides expert legal analysis, testimony and advocacy to secure the best possible deal for consumers.

ELPC’s energy team also works to ensure that the strongest possible energy efficiency standards are in place at the local, state and federal level, and we stand at the ready to defend those standards against assaults from interests that do not want to see decreases in energy demand.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Utilities Asking for Too Much

The Milwaukee Journal recently published an editorial critical of unfair rate proposals from We Energies, Madison Gas & Electric and Wisconsin Public Service. The editorial, titled “Utilities’ rate proposals are asking too much at this time,” notes ELPC’s argument about the cost-shift represented by the proposal: “The Environmental Law and Policy Center argues that the fixed cost […]  Read More