Spots still available for Building Operator Certification training in Grand Rapids that reaps energy savings, MAE offers $400 discount

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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) today said spots are still available for the Building Operator Certification (BOC) training classes (Level 1) to be held in the Grand Rapids area beginning in March. MAE is offering a $400 discount for public building operators. The program is also open to private sector facilities managers.

In addition to the MAE discount, participants could also be eligible for utility rebates and a veteran’s discount. To be eligible for the $400 MAE discount, participants cannot receive more than $1,150 from other parties.

The goal of the MAE discount is to help building operators identify energy waste reduction opportunities in public facilities.

 “The potential for reducing energy waste in Michigan is so great that MAE believes it is extremely important to offer this discount, noted Anne Armstrong Cusack, acting executive director of MAE. “Facilities with BOC graduates are proven to save energy, have lower energy bills and offer improved comfort for occupants. Public building operators who work in Michigan are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance.”

Program graduates have proven to save an average of $10,800 annually on electric bills for the buildings where they implement changes, according to the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), making trained public building operators valuable partners in meeting Michigan’s new aggressive energy waste reduction goals.

MEEA calculated its estimated average annual per participant energy savings to be 100,500 kilowatt-hours per year, equivalent to $10,800 annually at national electricity rates. The savings per credentialed operator ranges from more than $3,000 to nearly $19,500 per year.

Register here for the Grand Rapids area Level 1 BOC class, which will be held beginning March 13 at Byron Center Public Schools in Byron Center.

Class session topics include:

  • March 13 and 14: Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems (two days)
  • March 27: Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance
  • April 10: Efficient Lighting Fundamentals
  • April 24: HVAC Controls Fundamentals
  • May 8: Indoor Environmental Quality
  • May 22: Low-Cost Operational Improvement
  • June 5: Building Scoping for Operational Improvements

Participants must pass a test at the end of each training day and complete assigned projects. Unless otherwise noted, training begins at 8 a.m. and ends by 4 p.m. Early registration is encouraged.

Individuals interested in the MAE discount and other discounts should email Haley Keegan at More Michigan-specific information on all BOC training available is located here. The MEEA administers the program across the Midwest. More details about the BOC program are available here.

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