Energy in its many forms is central to our modern economy. Like other places across the country, conventional power generation in Milwaukee is typically provided from imported fossil fuels. Energy from conventional sources has not only a monetary cost, but also includes costs to our environment that ultimately get paid through other means. Fossil fuels produce greenhouse gases that can contribute to climate change, which, if left unchecked, will place additional stress on existing utilities.
While all cities face energy challenges, those that proactively plan for risks will create a competitive advantage for themselves over time. More than 50 energy-efficiency, renewable energy, power, control, and energy storage companies, as well as Milwaukee's universities, are partnering through the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium (WERC). WERC is focused on the research and development associated with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and building energy-efficiency technologies.
Mayor Barrett has also created an Energy Reduction Team to systematically work toward increasing energy efficiency in City facilities, which will help to control long-term costs to taxpayers and demonstrate environmental leadership to the community.