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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Local Governments Manual Available

The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) is pleased to announce the release of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Practices and Policies for Local Governments manual. This manual can help governments with the process of planning and implementing energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy possibilities.

The NWMCOG created the manual with a grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). The MPSC Renewables and Energy Efficiency for Local Governments program provided assistance to nine county and 11 township, city, and village governments in northwest lower Michigan, to help them meet operational budget challenges through energy efficiency and conservation.

“This program was an effort to “go green” and “save green” through the implementation of technology and staff driven strategies that will help local governments save energy and protect the environment,” said Patty O’Donnell, Regional Planner with the NWMCOG.

The manual was designed to provide a framework from which to build a comprehensive energy management strategy or an energy action plan. The energy action plan is a culmination of the collaborative efforts between established green energy teams, government staff, and appointed and elected officials.

Local government facilities and operations use significant amounts of energy. Due to the relatively large power and fuel purchases, as well as involvement in smart growth and economic development plans, there are many opportunities for energy efficiency and promoting clean energy initiatives such as energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.


Related Info: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy webpage.


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Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission