Spots still available for Building Operator Certification training in Saginaw that reaps energy savings; MAE offers $400 discount

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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) today said spots are still available for Building Operator Certification (BOC) training beginning in May in Saginaw.

MEO is offering a $400 discount for public building operators who take the eight-day course. The program is also open to private sector facilities managers.

In addition to the MEO discount, students taking the Level 1 training could also be eligible for utility rebates and a veteran’s discount. To be eligible for funding from MEO, participants cannot receive more than $1,150 from other parties.

The MEO discount is offered as an incentive for public building operators to sign up for the class, which will teach them to identify energy waste reduction opportunities in public facilities in areas such as lighting, environmental quality, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

“The potential for reducing energy waste in Michigan is so great that the MEO believes it is extremely important to offer this discount,” noted Anne Armstrong Cusack, acting executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE), of which MEO is a part. “Facilities with BOC graduates are proven to save energy, have lower energy bills and offer improved comfort for occupants.”

Trained public building operators have been valuable partners in meeting Michigan’s new, aggressive energy waste reduction goals. According to the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), the estimated average annual per participant energy savings is 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.

BOC graduates in Michigan – such as Scott Davis of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget – have implemented energy efficiency projects that have resulted in significant energy savings.

Register here for the Saginaw area Level 1 BOC class, which starts May 1 at Saginaw Valley State University.

Class dates and topics include:

  • May 1 and 2: Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems.
  • May 15: Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance.
  • May 30: Efficient Lighting Fundamentals.
  • June 12: HVAC Controls Fundamentals.
  • June 26: Indoor Environmental Quality.
  • July 10: Low-Cost Operational Improvement.
  • July 17: 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 MEO discount and other discounts should email Alyssa Payleitner at

More Michigan-specific information on all available BOC training is located here. The MEEA administers the program across the Midwest. More details about the BOC program are available here.

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