The Michigan Energy Office has been involved with Community Energy Management (CEM) services since 2015. The program helps municipal leaders and staff reduce energy waste through development of sound energy policies and programs. Through CEM services, municipalities have created systematic methods to analyze usage of public buildings, engage public participation, and implement strategies which reduce waste.
Local governments who pursue community energy management are well-positioned to proactively plan for and implement strategic energy waste reduction, renewable energy, and related sustainability efforts. This results in greater potential for monetary savings from reduced operating costs, local economic activity, and positions local government as leaders-by-example for residents, businesses, and other organizations within the broader community.