Milwaukee, WI: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)3%
Annual (2019)0%

Better Buildings Challenge Partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI) and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. Milwaukee's portfolio consists of more than 100 buildings and 4.5 million square feet.  The City of Milwaukee has improved energy performance by 3% from a 2009 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2022. Energy savings have been achieved in city properties by installing more efficient lighting, occupancy controls, digital controls, and other HVAC upgrades, as well as solar PV systems at three public libraries in late 2019.  Milwaukee also completed its first Energy Savings Performance Contract in late 2019, which is expected to save nearly 750,000 kWh annually.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Milwaukee has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 15% or greater improvement at 22 properties. The City's Energy Reduction Team continues to evaluate opportunities for energy savings in all buildings, with an emphasis on projects that have the greatest return on investment.


Property-level energy performance metrics, including EUI and percent improvement to date, are critical to track progress over time and identify opportunities for additional energy savings. The Energy Reduction Team uses Portfolio Manager and other energy analysis tools to identify opportunities for improvement, using both technology and behavioral approaches. In 2019, Milwaukee created a comprehensive energy plan that included investment grade audits of the building portfolio, established minimum energy efficiency guidelines, and created an implementation roadmap to reach a 20% reduction. With this planning complete, more project implementation is expected in 2020 and beyond.