Efforts to reduce energy waste in Durand and Harper Woods receive State of Michigan support

Aug 16, 2017

Nick Assendelft (Michigan Agency for Energy), 517-284-8300

LANSING, Mich. – The cities of Durand and Harper Woods have identified a set of projects that will reduce energy waste, resulting in an energy savings of 20 percent, thanks to support by the State of Michigan.

“Reducing energy waste in local government plays an important role in achieving Michigan’s energy goals,” said Valerie Brader, executive director of MAE. “These projects will contribute to the state’s energy successes well into the future.”

Durand’s efforts include replacing lighting – from conference rooms to parking lots and streets -- as well as upgrading equipment in heating, cooling, water and wastewater.

Similarly, Harper Woods will focus its efforts on replacing interior and exterior lighting and upgrading equipment, including motors and pumps.

Under the state’s Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) program, the cities will benefit from reduced interest rates and guaranteed energy cost savings when they finance and complete proposed capital improvements at their facilities. The state awarded nearly $4.9 million to the cities, which matched the awards with $3.8 million. Both cities will enter into an energy saving performance contract with an energy services company to make the improvements.

QECBs were authorized by the federal government for states, territories, local governments and tribal governments to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

For more information on QECBs, visit the MAE website

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