Madison, Wisconsin (November 13, 2018)—WECC and Seventhwave, two mission driven nonprofits that have led energy efficiency innovation for close to four decades, will become one organization on January 1, 2019. The new organization, Slipstream, will specialize in innovation around deep energy efficiency and clean energy, accelerating market transformation with a focus on underserved markets, and energy financing solutions for utilities and their residential and commercial customers.
“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation. Slipstream will make a major contribution to a clean future with an expert-powered, innovative team and inclusive program approaches to insure everyone has access to the benefits of clean energy,” shared Peter Kilde, Chair of WECC's board of directors.
Seventhwave Board of Directors Chair Bill Oemichen remarked: "The clean energy economy needs to scale up, fast. Slipstream unites Seventhwave's powerful research and education capabilities with WECC’s proven program and financing solutions that empower utilities, governments and customers to tackle major energy savings. Combining forces allows us to make a bigger impact for our clients and the environment.”
Both organizations have earned industry respect for solving tough technical problems and serving underserved markets.
Slipstream will collaborate with electric and gas utilities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses to discover and field test emerging technologies that accelerate the health, quality of life and economic benefits of the evolving clean power grid. Central to Slipstream's mission will be to ensure that clean power is used as efficiently as possible. Slipstream will design and pilot new program approaches that help businesses and residents optimize energy use. Slipstream will specialize in reaching underserved markets and empower energy professionals through advanced technical education.
Slipstream will be headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin with an office in Chicago, Illinois, as well as field offices across the United States. The organization’s 160+ team includes: nationally-recognized leaders in sustainable commercial and residential buildings, community-based program approaches, emerging technologies, climate change impacts on human health and building energy use, conservation, consumer and commercial finance, market transformation, sustainability services, along with award winning marketing and education services.