Friday, September 18, 2020

#FridayGiving: Our support helps the Addiction Resource Council teach kids to say no

Parents know the transition from middle school to high school can be tough, but the Addiction Resource Council (ARC) in Waukesha County is working to make sure 7th through 9th graders have the skills they need to make good decisions. The We Energies Foundation is proud to support their mission through the Resist the Influence program.



As part of the program, trained professionals teach kids how to recognize negative outside influences and the impact those influences can have on their lives. The goal is to prevent the students from trying e-cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. The program teaches students to make decisions that reflect who they are, not who someone is pressuring them to be.



To learn more about the Addiction Resource Council, visit their website.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Educators continue learning with help from the We Energies Foundation

Students are just getting back to school, but many teachers have been working hard throughout the year, continuing their education to prepare their students for success. That’s where the Milwaukee Teacher Education Center (MTEC) comes in. The not-for-profit was designed to recruit, support and retain teachers and school leaders in urban settings. 

Teachers gather for training in February 2020


The We Energies Foundation is a proud sponsor of the organization, as it provides teachers with continuous training to help the next generation succeed. Its goal is to increase learning and close achievement gaps through effective teaching.

The current health crisis has taken a toll on students and teachers alike. Although the center provides many different options for educators, MTEC is offering educators training and tools to support students impacted by trauma during the coronavirus pandemic.

To learn more about MTEC and its incredible mission, visit its website.

#FridayGiving

Since the early 1980s, We Energies has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in communities across the state.

Read more about our yearlong effort to highlight some of the incredible organizations we support here.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you don’t miss any #FridayGiving posts.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Put energy efficiency on your back-to-school list

Back-to-school looks different for a lot of families this year, as many children are still learning at home. We put together some energy-efficient lesson plans that will help you and your stay-at-home students manage energy costs.




Show them this bright idea: Turn off lights when no one needs them. Use dimmer switches on indoor lights and switch to LED bulbs. They use up to 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.

Tell them they have the power: Power strips that is. Many electronics consume energy even when they aren’t being used. Often called energy vampires, these devices can cost up to $100 a year. Plugging chargers, computers and gaming equipment into a power strip lets you turn them off with one switch. Better yet, use a smart power strip. It turns off automatically when devices are not in use.

Soak up knowledge … and savings: The average household spends about $300 a year on water heating costs. Lowering your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees is an easy do-it-yourself lesson to show your kids and help manage energy costs.

Keep minds open and the refrigerator door closed: Did you know we open our refrigerators on average 33 times per day? Minimize the number of times you open your refrigerator door. An open door allows warm, moist air in, which makes the compressor work harder. Pick a snack ahead of time, so you don’t leave the door open too long.

Follow a dress code: As the weather gets cooler, throw on a sweater, rather than cranking up the heat. Better yet, install a programmable thermostat, so no one needs to touch that dial.

It’s never too soon to teach your kids about energy efficiency. For more easy tips visit our website



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

From the archives: We Energies homefront efforts during WWII

Companies nationwide played crucial roles in supporting the Allies throughout World War II, and We Energies was no exception. We Energies — and its employees — had a hand in the ultimate victory, which happened officially on Sept. 2, 1945. 

At Wisconsin Electric Power Co., which later became We Energies, the Public Service Building in downtown Milwaukee was a venue for USO dances, draftee orientation, award ceremonies and other events in support of the war effort. The company participated in the drive to find and recycle usable scrap for military use, and more than 3,000 tons were turned in during 1942 alone.
Although the company participated in government programs to conserve fuel, manpower and materials, and customers were asked to conserve energy, war-time industrial demand for electricity skyrocketed. The system’s combined output more than doubled between 1938 and 1944. Heavy industries accounted for most of the growth.

The company had transit lines then that played a vital role too. The interurban system and trolley buses transported draftees to downtown Milwaukee, where they connected with the train to Fort Sheridan or the Great Lakes naval station for deployment. And as automobile production was suspended and gasoline and tires were rationed, a growing number of factory workers depended on trolleys and buses day and night. Passenger traffic jumped from 218 million riders in 1938 to 428 million in 1944. Signs on company street cars urged citizens to buy war bonds. 

Sadly, sixteen of the 1,014 Wisconsin Electric Power Co. employees who were deployed were lost to the war.



Friday, August 28, 2020

#FridayGiving: We Energies Foundation announces inaugural Rewarding Responders Grants

The We Energies Foundation is awarding $50,000 in grants to public safety agencies across Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula to purchase lifesaving equipment. 

The money is being awarded to more than 30 departments through the inaugural We Energies Rewarding Responders Grants. Each recipient has been awarded up to $2,000.

We Energies President Tom Metcalfe personally awarded a grant to Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing and other members of the Milwaukee Fire Department. They plan to use the grant to purchase a combustible gas detector.



Other recipients include: 

City of Waukesha Fire Department — Waukesha firefighters will use the grant to replace aging carbon monoxide (CO) meters in each of their oxygen delivery bags. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that is both colorless and odorless. The department says the CO meters are their first line of defense in protecting paramedics and their patients.

City of Brookfield Fire Department — The Brookfield Fire Department has requested funding to buy firefighter rehabilitation equipment, including a specialized cooling towel. Rehabilitation equipment helps reduce the risk of firefighter injury.

Town of Ixonia Fire Department — The Ixonia Fire Department will use the grant to replace outdated power saws. The fire department keeps the saws on their front line engines and uses them to help extricate victims after car crashes, during fires and even natural disasters.

Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office — The sheriff’s office will use the grant to help fund their public safety drone program. Their goal is to train deputies to become drone pilots, which will help keep the community safe.

City of Port Washington Fire Department — The Port Washington Fire Department requested funding to replace outdated combustible gas and carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that is both colorless and odorless. Gas detectors can serve as a first line of defense in protecting firefighters and the public.

Appleton Fire Department — The Appleton Fire Department will use the grant to purchase a new fire hose. The fire department has been trying to replace older hoses over the last few years.

West Allis Fire Department — The West Allis Fire Department requested funding to purchase thermal imaging cameras. The cameras help firefighters see hazards through smoke and can help save lives if someone is trapped inside a burning building.

City of Franklin Fire Department — Franklin firefighters plan to use the grant to purchase personal voltage detectors. Voltage detectors can help prevent electrocution if firefighters respond to a scene with downed wires or other electrical equipment.

City of South Milwaukee
— The City will use the grant to purchase portable scene lights. They say that slips, trips and falls are the biggest causes of injuries at emergency incident scenes, with many attributed to poor lighting. Portable lights are easy to use and will make emergency response safer.

Crystal Falls Township Fire Department — The Crystal Falls Fire Department plans to use the grant to upgrade their breathing equipment with newer air bottles. New bottles weigh less, which helps reduce firefighter fatigue.

Nordic Ambulance Service — Nordic Ambulance Service, based in Foster City, requested funding to purchase more portable automated external defibrillators (AEDs). They say the new equipment will reduce response time and save lives.

The grants are part of We Energies’ commitment to safety in the communities the company serves. 

Since the early 1980s, We Energies has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in communities across its service territory. 

Friday, August 21, 2020

#FridayGiving: We Energies helps bring the Streets of Old Milwaukee to life

The Milwaukee Public Museum has reopened to the public. If you’re planning a trip, make sure to visit the Streets of Old Milwaukee.

From the immersive street car to Granny in her rocking chair to Abby the cat (have you found her yet?), the exhibit always wows visitors. We Energies is proud to support the popular reimagined exhibit through a multi-year financial pledge.


We believe it’s important to support community organizations and businesses in our service area – including museums, art groups and certain sport franchises – all of which bring an economic benefit to the communities we serve and contribute to our quality of life.

If you haven’t seen the new Streets of Old Milwaukee, plan a trip today.


#FridayGiving

Since the early 1980s, We Energies has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in communities across the state.

Read more about our year-long effort to highlight some of the incredible organizations we support here

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Friday, August 14, 2020

#FridayGiving: Helping a Milwaukee family build their dream home

On a warm summer day in Milwaukee, volunteers from We Energies strapped on tool belts, helmets and masks and went to work building a house for Habitat for Humanity.

We Energies President Tom Metcalfe stopped by to thank the volunteers and help out with the build.

“We talk about heroes in the community, and I think We Energies has really stepped up here. We’re not only challenged by storms this time of year and the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re still finding time to put our hearts and soul into some of these important projects,” Metcalfe said.


Over the course of two days, volunteers climbed ladders, hammered nails and sawed wood. Their efforts will help a family build a safe, affordable home.

 

“I could not be prouder of the association we have with Habitat for Humanity,” Metcalfe said. “It goes back 25 years we’ve been supporting this organization, not only with funding, but with volunteers who come out here – giving up their time - to work on these important projects.”



#FridayGiving

Since the early 1980s, We Energies has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in communities across the state.

Read more about our yearlong effort to highlight some of the incredible organizations we support here.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you don’t miss any #FridayGiving posts.