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DTMB earns $110k energy rebate for innovative lighting project

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget’s (DTMB) project to install smart lighting controls at the General Services Building earned the state a $110,000 check as part of Consumers Energy’s rebate program. The lighting upgrades reduced energy usage by approximately 70% and will result in savings of more than $77,000 annually.

DTMB accepts an energy rebate check from Consumers Energy

DTMB accepts an energy rebate check from Consumers Energy for $110,491.78. Pictured from left to right: DTMB State Facilities Administration Director Mike Turnquist, DTMB Acting Director Michelle Lange, Consumers Energy representative Dave Zokoe, and Graybar representative Megan Schultz.

Consumers Energy, along with representatives from the lighting contractor Graybar, were on hand for the presentation of the check to DTMB Acting Director Michelle Lange and State Facilities Administration Director Mike Turnquist. The General Services Building, located at the Secondary Complex in Dimondale, MI, includes warehouse space and is the operations home for the State of Michigan mail and print centers.

The smart lighting project included the installation of smart controls that facilitate programmable systems to maximize efficiency and motion and daylight sensors to reduce energy usage in unoccupied areas of the building. The new, brighter LED lights resulted in the elimination of 75% of the lighting fixtures, cutting down from 864 to 217.

Michelle Lange and Mike Turnquist

DTMB Acting Director Michelle Lange gives remarks at a ceremony to receive $110,000 rebate check from Consumers Energy, while DTMB State Facilities Administration Director Mike Turnquist looks on.

In addition to the monetary savings, these investments in efficient technology make a positive impact on the environment as well. The replacement of the old lighting system will save 739,000 lbs. of CO2 usage from the building.

Reducing energy usage is one of the top priorities for state facilities and is part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Healthy Climate Plan, which laid out a goal of economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050. As part of the plan, DTMB is charged with lowering energy intensity in state buildings by 40% by 2040 based on 2005 benchmarks. That goal was exceeded this year with a 59% reduction of energy consumption, saving taxpayers $53 million in potential energy costs.