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Communities

The State Energy Program assists, educates, and encourages Michigan communities to advance conservation and efficient use of energy resources so they may provide for a healthier environment and achieve greater energy security for future generations.  

Community Energy Management

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Benchmark

1. Track Energy Usage - The first step is to know how much energy you are using, day to day, month to month, year to year. One way to do this is to set up a free account with ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager.

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Energy Audit

2. Conduct an Energy Audit  - An energy audit is an assessment of your building(s) and looks at current energy consumption.

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Energy Efficiency

3. Implement Energy Efficiency Upgrades - Energy efficient upgrades are the quickest way to decrease your energy use and electric bill.

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Renewable Energy

4. Transition to Renewable Energy  - Once your home/building is as efficient as possible, the next step it to pursue renewable energy. 

  • Solar energy 
  • Geothermal energy
  • Wind energy
  • Biomass
  • Hydropower

Community Impacts of Renewable Energy

Community Solar

Community solar is a solar energy system that generates renewable energy and is shared by multiple subscribers in a community.  Learn more to find out about solar power in your community.

Clean Energy in Michigan Series

The Clean Energy in Michigan Series provides case studies and fact sheets answering common questions about clean energy projects in Michigan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit Frequently Asked Questions, updated regularly, to learn what others have been asking about the community impacts of renewable energy.

Planning & Zoning Guidance

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Zoning for Renewable Energy Database

In a unique project, EGLE and University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute have developed the Michigan Zoning Database, a searchable source of information of municipal ordinances.

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Solar Resources

Guidance on incorporating renewable energy in to community plans and ordinances for solar energy.

Solar Resources
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Wind Resources

Guidance on incorporating renewable energy in to community plans and ordinances for wind energy.

Wind Resources