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Northwest Michigan Council of Governments Recognizes Mesick’s Energy Efficiency Efforts

NORTHWEST MI—The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) recognized the Village of Mesick for its energy efficiency initiatives to save taxpayer dollars and energy.

The award, presented at the village council’s November meeting, recognizes the work of council members and its Green Energy Team to improve the energy efficiency of the village office, department of public works garage and streetlights.

The grant which provided the funding for the projects originated from the Michigan Public Service Commission to the NWMCOG, and provided the village $40,000 for energy analysis and improvements. The improvements included a ground-source heat pump, energy efficient roof, insulation, interior lighting upgrades, and re-lamping of streetlights. The energy upgrades are expected to reduce the village’s utility bills by one-third. 

The grant program, managed by the NWMCOG, made similar investments to 20 local governments across the 10-county region it serves. In October, the NWMCOG received national recognition for the energy saving program by receiving an Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations.

For more information, please contact Jaclyn Sanborn at (231) 929-5046.


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