Energy Waste Reduction

On December 21, 2016, Public Act 342 was signed into law. This Act, known as the Clean and Renewable Energy and Energy Waste Reduction Act, amends Michigan’s 2008 energy law, Act 295. 

The energy waste reduction standards in Act 342 maintain the energy efficiency goals established with the energy optimization standards developed in Act 295.

Electric and gas savings targets are based on prior years sales and are set at 1%/year for electric and 0.75%/year for gas, for all load serving entities including investor owned, cooperatives and municipals.

The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use.  For every dollar spent on energy efficiency programs, customers will save around $4 in avoided energy costs.  Since 2009, Michigan’s utility providers have helped customers save almost $6 billion in electric costs and close to $2 billion in natural gas costs.

Below are links to great resources to help you understand what you can do to be more energy efficient and start saving money!


Utility Programs

Consumers Energy DTE Energy Efficiency United
Energy Optimzation Holland BPW
Indiana Michigan Power Lansing BWL
Michigan Energy Smart SEMCO Energy UPPCO


Financial Assistance Programs

Michigan Saves

Michigan Saves makes energy efficiency improvements easy, affordable, and smart. The Michigan Saves Home Energy Loan Program and Business Energy Financing Program are now available statewide.

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DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote energy efficiency.

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Low Income Workgroup

The Low Income Workgroup is collaboratively working to identify and address low income specific energy issues, energy waste reduction measures, and create new initiatives that can reduce the cost of the energy burden on Michigan’s low income energy consumers and communities.  With the goal of connecting and combining the expertise, experience, and perspectives of the participating groups, the Workgroup is attempting to bridge gaps between program offerings, facilitate more complete delivery of energy efficiency programs, and seek opportunities to better serve low income single family residences and multifamily buildings.

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