Rick Snyder, Governor
Valerie Brader, Executive Director
Jan. 2, 2018
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today announced that its leased office building in Lansing has earned the respected ENERGY STAR certification, awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to buildings that meet strict energy waste reduction standards.
“The Michigan Agency for Energy and the Michigan Public Service Commission are leading by example,” said Valerie Brader, executive director of MAE. “ENERGY STAR-certified buildings use less energy, are less expensive to operate than their peers and showcase ways to reduce energy waste.”
The ENERGY STAR designation is open to commercial buildings, industrial plants and other buildings. Click here for information on how to apply for certification.
“We encourage other Michigan building owners and operators to pursue this certification to reduce energy waste,” Brader said.
The certification is the latest step MAE and the MPSC have taken to reduce energy waste in the workplace. In 2015, the building that houses the two agencies became the first energy agency in the nation to make improvements using Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.
This year, the building is competing in the “office” category of the Battle of the Buildings, an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction that is open to all Michigan commercial, industrial and multi-family buildings. From January through September of this year, electric use at the MAE/MPSC offices is down 5.2 percent, natural gas use is down 2.2 percent and water use is down 8.6 percent, compared to last year. The Battle of the Buildings contest period ended Dec. 31.
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