In 2004 Luther College signed a PerformanceEdge energy services contract with our electric utility, Alliant Energy. Luther invested $1.5 million in various energy efficiency initiatives that had an average estimated pay-back period of seven years. After a preliminary audit of 17 campus buildings, several potential projects with significant savings were identified and the best selected.
In the summer of 2010 Luther College was awarded $175,220 from the Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG) program of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence. This award was part of a larger grant to the City of Decorah. Luther used these funds to make additional investments in energy efficiency, energy metering, data analysis, and communications technology.