The audit was intended to evaluate the program’s spending, participation, oversight and effectiveness. Focus on Energy provides grants and rebates to homeowners, businesses and local governments that make energy efficiency upgrades (such as installing solar panels). Supporters of the audit, including State Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay), said it was needed to determine whether the new funding was necessary.It's so nice to see that the GOP is looking out for the little people, especially as all of the power companies are seeking excessive rate hikes. Again.
These funds would come primarily from ratepayers – but the PSC estimated that increasing rebates and other programs would make homes and businesses more energy efficient, thereby lowering electric bills in the long term. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau questioned this analysis, noting that only customers who benefit from or utilize Focus on Energy programs would enjoy savings.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
From Milwaukee News Buzz regarding the GOP's decision to ax funding for an audit to see if a program is effective enough to warrant an increase in spending: