The New Berlin Energy Independence Project was a groundbreaking initiative that took a community-wide approach to energy conservation and efficiency. The overall project goals included assisting the entire community to achieve greater energy and the exploring of opportunities to implement cost-effective energy from locally-derived alternative sources.
The First step in the project was to identify New Berlin’s energy usage through a community-wide energy audit. The audit was then used to facilitate energy conservation for residents, businesses, schools and public agencies within the community. The project provided a replicable blueprint for other Appalachian communities to reduce their dependence on costly fossil fuels, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, attain greater energy security, retain wealth within the region and create new businesses and living wage jobs to provide products and services focused on energy independence.