Clean Energy & Energy Management Webinar Series

These webinars feature local governments from across the state--both large and small--sharing with their peers their successes and challenges in improving the energy efficiency of their buildings or moving toward more renewable energy. 

Upcoming Webinars: 

  • Introduction to Planning & Zoning for Wind and Solar
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021: 1:00 - 2:00pm

    From wide-open rural areas to compact cities, Michigan is beginning the transition to alternative energy. To prepare for the development of wind and solar in your community, we'll discuss the positives and negatives, and why planners - especially those in rural communities - need to start planning and zoning for renewable energy now. Join us as we provide a thorough overview of everything wind and solar.
  • Planning & Zoning for Utility-Scale Wind
    Tuesday, April 13, 2021: 1:00 - 2:00pm

    Wind energy technology has changed in the last decade, and many zoning ordinances haven't kept pace. Does your ordinance need an update? In this session, we'll discuss everything you need to know about planning and zoning for wind energy and provide practical tools to help accomplish your local government's goals.
  • Planning & Zoning for Utility-Scale Solar
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021: 1:00 - 2:00pm

    Have you heard of solar farms in other communities, but don't know if your community would be interested or a good fit? Perhaps you have already started zoning and want to share your experiences? In this session, we'll discuss everything you need to know about planning and zoning for utility-scale solar energy (projects spanning at least 20 acres) and provide practical tools to help accomplish your local government's goals.

Past Webinars:

  • EGLE's Energy Efficiency Programs for Communities
    Recording | Slides
  • The Michigan Energy Code Adoption Process
    Recording | Slides
  • Energy Benchmarking for Municipal Facilities
    Recording | Slides
  • Using EZMT Online Mapping to Plan for Clean Energy
    Recording | Slides
  • Conducting Energy Audits on Municipal Facilities
    Recording | Slides
  • Facilitating Community-wide Clean Energy Improvements Using PACE Financing
    Recording | Slides
  • Helping Facilitate Rooftop Solar in Your Community
    Recording | Slides


Energy Services assists, educates, and encourages Michigan communities to advance conservation and efficient use of energy resources in order to provide a healthier environment and achieve greater energy security for future generations.

Air sealing, insulating, installing higher performance HVAC systems, replacing old lights with LEDs, and upgrading your windows are just a few easy ways to improve energy efficiency. The next step is to make the jump to renewables like wind and solar. These clean energy sources are critical to improving air quality in Michigan, protecting the health of residents, and fostering a vibrant green economy.

Energy Services works with citizens groups, local governments, public school systems, and other community-based entities through innovation, education, partnerships, and financial and technical assistance. By working together to deploy smarter energy choices, we can reach the energy goals of our communities faster and more efficiently!

Contact Us

Regardless of where your community finds itself on the energy management spectrum, we want to hear from you so we can better deploy our resources to help. Please reach out to our staff at to see how Energy Services can be of service to you.


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