The creation of a spark
Since the beginning, Slipstream has been at the forefront of energy solutions. The richness of our history may make us industry pioneers, but that doesn’t mean we rest on our accomplishments. We believe that our past serves as a starting point—a spark—for our future. We’ve had fantastic success, and we’ve learned from our failures. These experiences have allowed us to build one of the most influential legacies in the industry. We’re proud of the legacy we’ve left so far, and we look forward to creating a new one every day.
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Slipstream EFS launched the Illinois Energy Loan Program
This utility on-bill financing program encourages high efficiency measures for residential customers and brings together all the Illinois IOUs into one collaborative program.
WECC and Seventhwave merged to form Slipstream
With a track record of innovation and high-impact, energy-savings programs, the two organizations came together to solve some of the toughest problems around saving energy and to drive equity in the clean energy transition.
WECC's EFS closed its 50,000th loan for residential energy savings projects
EFS loan volume totals over $490 million since launch.
WECC launched statewide administration of the PACE Wisconsin program
PACE Wisconsin finances commercial energy efficiency upgrades that reduce energy use and emissions, save building owners and tenants money, and foster economic development.
The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council named WECC a Green Master
The Green Masters program encourages continuous improvement in sustainability efforts.
New name for Energy Center of Wisconsin
ECW changed its name to Seventhwave to better illustrate its national impact on energy and climate.
ECW moved its headquarters to a multi-tenant LEED platinum building
ECW staff influenced the overall building design, especially in terms of geothermal systems, lighting, and daylighting. Download our fact sheet.
Climate impact and building resilience
ECW provided guidance to NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi to help the campus select the best energy efficiency measures to adapt to future climate variability. Download our research results.
WECC established the Wisconsin Energy Efficiency Program (WE2), a residential and commercial energy efficiency program for the City of Milwaukee, Madison, and Racine
WE2 offered project development services, rebates, and financing to achieve a goal of better than 15 percent energy savings in buildings. WECC managed all aspects of program design and delivery with program funding provided through a U.S DOE Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant for the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program. Energy efficiency upgrades were completed on 2,000+ residential (single- and multi-family) and 300 commercial buildings with actual average energy savings per building of 30 percent, doubling the grant goal.
WECC’s EFS worked closely with NYSERDA to develop loan products using capital made available through the Green Jobs, Green New York legislation
Loan products included residential unsecured and on-bill repayment (OBR). The OBR program was the first statewide on-bill repayment option available.
Expanded Midwest presence
ECW opened offices in Chicago and Minneapolis.
Minnesota plug load study
ECW published a ground-breaking Minnesota study quantifying savings opportunity from consumer plug loads, including illuminating consumer motivations. Watch our webinar.
National WAP Evaluation
As a core member of the U.S. DOE’s evaluation of the national low-income Weatherization Assistance Program, ECW conducted national field work to provide new insights on indoor air quality impacts from weatherization. Download the results.
New service for ComEd customers
ECW launched ComEd’s first commercial new construction program. ECW’s leadership quickly gave ComEd over 50% market share during a construction boom in northern Illinois.
Energy efficiency guidebook for public power communities
ECW created this resource to provide step-by-step recommendations for energy efficiency program design, implementation, tracking, and evaluation. Download the guidebook.
ECW launched video-based learning
After more than a decade of providing continuing education in the classroom, ECW created a suite of online courses to reach customers worldwide. Check out our current collection of webinars and videos.
Energy efficiency financing in New Jersey
The New Jersey Clean Energy Program, the Board of Public Utilities, and select gas and electric utilities, partnered with WECC's EFS to offer financing programs to help most New Jersey homeowners install qualifying eligible energy efficiency measures.
ECW created the Midwest Energy Survey
This tool measured public attitudes, awareness, and practices on energy efficiency and climate.
WECC's new Charmany Drive headquarters
WECC’s new headquarters boasts a 19 kW PV system in Dane County, Wisconsin. The building earned LEED Gold certification.
Back of the Envelope Calculator
ECW saw that design professionals needed better information early in the building design process to make good energy decisions. We created the Back of the Envelope Calculator – a free, online tool that allows design professionals to make early decisions about the building as an energy system. Architects and engineers can enter various design parameters, see real-time connections between components, isolate the effects of changing one parameter, and produce concept-level energy estimates. To date, the tool has been used by thousands of professionals nationwide.
WECC's new office in the works
WECC worked with architects to design our new office as a demonstration building to show how energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy could easily and cost effectively be integrated into an office building.
Wisconsin potential study
The Governor's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Wisconsin called on ECW to analyze options for investment in energy efficiency and customer-sited renewable energy. Download the results.
ECW collaborated with the New Buildings Institute to launch Advanced Buildings – a suite of education and outreach resources driving deep energy savings across the commercial new construction industry nationwide. Key state participants included Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, New York, and California.
Wisconsin Biorefining Development Initiative
ECW launched the Wisconsin Biorefining Development Initiative to help Wisconsin move bio-science to market by introducing new opportunities for refining products from biomass materials and waste streams.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) honored WECC as a Champion of Energy Efficiency.
The American Institute of Architects awarded ECW an unprecedented second Award of Excellence in Education, based on the Malcolm Baldrige quality standards.
Focus on Energy program leadership
WECC became the first statewide administrator of Focus on Energy residential and renewable energy programs in Wisconsin. ECW played a key role in industrial, commercial, and educational program management early in Focus on Energy. WECC eventually led all sectors of Focus on Energy statewide, becoming nationally recognized as a leading energy efficiency innovator and earning Wisconsin recognition by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as one of the top states for energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency financing in New York
WECC’s EFS began to originate New York standard and Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® loans on behalf of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). EFS provided the capital for the NYSERDA program, and funded projects which included ancillary health and safety improvements, in addition to the approved energy efficiency upgrades.
Residential Characterization Study
ECW developed the first and most complete picture of energy use and energy efficiency in Wisconsin housing. This study has been leveraged countless times in program design for the state. Download the results.
Industry of the Future roadmaps
ECW partnered with the U.S. DOE and the most energy intensive manufacturing sectors to develop Wisconsin's Industry of the Future (IoF) roadmaps. IoF roadmaps showed foundries, paper companies, glass and plastics manufacturers, and more how to boost their competitive position through energy efficiency.
The International Association of Continuing Education and Training recognized ECW for excellence in developing training that led to energy behavior change for residential builders and contractors.
Both WECC and ECW led pilots that scaled to become Wisconsin Focus on Energy. WECC led the residential sector strategy and programs. ECW played key roles for Wisconsin’s most energy intensive industries and drove efficiency in commercial new construction. ECW also produced all the education programming for the entire Focus on Energy pilot.
ECW created and managed this national market transformation effort that inspired design professionals to create beautiful, naturally-lit buildings, and drive down energy use.
The American Institute of Architects awarded ECW the Award of Excellence in Education, based on the Malcolm Baldrige quality standards.
Compressed Air Challenge
ECW partnered with the U.S. DOE to create the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC), transforming the compressed air manufacturing market through training, publications, software, and more. Third-party studies of CAC outcomes demonstrated over $80 in energy-savings impacts for every dollar invested by sponsors.
Better Buildings: Better Business Conference
ECW launched the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference, North America’s largest educational event for cold-climate residential building professionals.
WECC created Energy Finance Solutions
WECC created EFS to catalyze more energy efficiency projects through financing. EFS became one of the original lenders for the Fannie Mae Energy Improvement Loan program. Visit the EFS website.
Wisconsin code training
In response to a much more stringent commercial and residential building energy code for Wisconsin, ECW led the public/private partnership that trained over 10,000 Wisconsin building professionals how to implement the new code.
WECC pioneered community-based program approaches in New London, Wisconsin
The whole-house, energy-efficiency program inspired behavior change through community-based marketing strategies, incentives, and financing.
Energy Center of Wisconsin established
WCDSR merged with sister-organization Wisconsin Demand-Side Demonstrations to become the Energy Center of Wisconsin (ECW). ECW offered a broader range of energy efficiency services and increased interaction with private industry and the public.
K-12 Energy Efficiency Program
ECW co-founded KEEP, driving energy literacy in Wisconsin's K-12 faculty and students. KEEP broke new ground by partnering educators and energy professionals.
Statewide Technical and Economic Potential Study
WCDSR estimated potential savings from energy efficiency measures in Wisconsin over a 20-year period in the agricultural, commercial, industrial, and residential sectors. Download the report.
Appliance sales tracking
WCDSR began tracking appliance sales after researching the kinds of appliances and lighting Wisconsin residents purchase and how these purchases compare over time. WCDSR tracked appliance sales for decades, providing critical market intelligence to utilities and later to Focus on Energy to inform program approaches.
WCDSR developed the Wisconsin Demand-Side Options Database which pioneered online access to more than 220 DSM technologies.
Wisconsin utilities, regulators, educators, and community-based leaders created the Wisconsin Center for Demand-Side Research (WCDSR) to accelerate energy efficiency knowledge in Wisconsin through statewide research across utility service territories.
Program offerings in Iowa
WECC expanded its leadership in the low-income sector to Iowa.
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) was founded to bring the benefits of energy efficiency to underserved populations. WECC partnered with the Department of Labor on a two-year, four-million-dollar effort to develop a model of employment, training, educational services, and career opportunities for unemployed people and disadvantaged youth. The program brought the first energy conservation services to low-income residents in Wisconsin.