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Encouraging First Year Results for Energy Efficiency for Local Governments Project


The Energy Efficiency for Local Governments project is beginning to see energy and cost savings results after one year in operation. The participants in the project included nine counties and thirteen cities, villages and townships. The local governments received at least $40,000 to $80,000 in funding for:

  • Technical assistance
  • 1-3 energy audits
  • Capital energy conservation and efficiency upgrades
  • Education
  • The development of a quantified energy action plan with a five year reinvestment strategy
  • The establishment of a dedicated energy savings account with at least 50% of the annual savings


Comparing the 2011 reports to the 2009 baselines with an average of 12% weather adjusted energy reduction, six out of the nine counties - Antrim, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford shows $113,257 in documented annual energy savings. The projected average after five years is 130% return on investment.


Related Info:  Regional Planning's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


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- Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission