November 16, 2016
At awards ceremony, Lieutenant Governor highlights energy waste reduction accomplishments in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. – Energy waste reduction experts from across the state last week gathered at the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) in Lansing to honor five recipients of the Economic Leadership in Energy Efficiency award, sponsored by the Energy Services Coalition – Michigan Chapter, for their improvements that are saving more than $688,000 annually.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley delivered the keynote address at the awards ceremony, emphasizing the important role that energy waste reduction is playing in helping to guide the state toward affordable, reliable environmentally protective energy solutions.
The City of Grand Rapids, Manistee Public Schools, Riverview Community Schools, Washtenaw Intermediate School District and West Branch Regional Medical Facility collectively invested nearly $8 million in energy efficiency improvements through energy performance contracting. Those investments are yielding more than $688,000 annually in energy savings.
Performance contracts allow building owners to make energy and water cost-saving improvements in facility operations and equipment, and pay for the improvements using future avoided energy costs. Some common improvements include upgrades, repairs and/or replacement of HVAC equipment and building controls, building envelope, interior and exterior lighting, pumps and motors, and other deferred maintenance items. Improvements can also include renewable energy generation systems.
Energy performance contracts eliminate what is many times the biggest barrier for public and private organizations that would like to implement energy-saving technologies and much-needed building improvements: the upfront investment needed.
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