April 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the monthly newsletter of the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA). Read on for a summary of what's happening.

Registration Now Open for MEECA's 2nd Annual Summer Golf Outing!

On Wednesday, July 18th, MEECA returns to Hawk Hollow Championship Golf Course in Bath, MI – the site of last year’s inaugural Annual Summer Golf Outing. Registration and sponsorships are now available. We are also excited to announce our “Double Eagle” Title Sponsor: DNV GL.


The format will be an 18-hole scramble to keep play moving and enable golfers of all skill levels to participate. There will be plenty of competition including contests for longest drive, longest putt, and closest-to-the-pin shots. New this year will be a practice green putting contest and a “beat the pro” drive contest on the course.


After the last hole is played, golfers will enjoy a closing reception at the clubhouse to share stories, unwind with friends and colleagues, and recognize outstanding play with various prizes—including four complementary rounds of golf at Hawk Hollow for the winning foursome.


Early registration ends June 1, 2018. For more information about registration and sponsorships, visit the event website. Direct any questions to David Gard at david@mecca.info or 517-896-2960.

2018 Annual Golf Outing "Double Eagle" Title Sponsor:

MEECA Participates in Statewide Clean Energy Event

The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) held its annual member meeting in downtown Lansing on April 30th. For the panel discussion entitled “Demand Destruction: Discussions on Energy Efficiency,” EIBC turned to the expertise at MEECA. Carla Walker-Miller who owns MEECA member Walker-Miller Energy Services shared her perspective on delivering Energy Waste Reduction to residential customers, and leveraging these investments toward local economic development and workforce training. MEECA Executive Director David Gard moderated the panel which also included Kyle Peczynski with Petros Partners and Alex Lopez with Oracle.


The annual meeting is EIBC’s most popular event of the year. It brings together leaders in Michigan's advanced energy industry, utility executives, policymakers, regulators, and others. This year all three Michigan Public Service Commissioners attended along with numberous MPSC staff members. The panel discussion in which MEECA participated was an opportunity to highlight the ability of energy efficiency to enable a range of energy technologies from distributed renewable power to battery storage.

Energy Efficiency Panel at Michigan EIBC's Annnual Meeting (L to R): David Gard, Kyle Peczynski, Carla Walker-Miller, and Alex Lopez.

EE in the News


2018 Michigan Energy Summit Showcases Biggest Losers


The 2018 Michigan Energy Summit on April 18th in Grand Rapids celebrated the 2017 Michigan Battle of the Buildings “biggest losers” and welcomed the new 2018 competitors. The annual event is part of the Michigan Battle of the Buildings, an awards and recognition program for energy savings open to all Michigan commercial, industrial and multi-family buildings. It uses a spirit of friendly competition to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state.


Among the featured speakers were MEECA board members Walt Dindoffer and Ken Nielsen to discuss their work on the IBEW Local 58 Zero Net Energy Building. Other speakers included MEECA members Michigan Saves, Lean & Green Michigan, DTE Energy, and Consumers Energy.


DTE Energy won the “Biggest Loser” award in the office building category by reducing weather-normalized energy use of 32.9 percent, particularly at its headquarters complex in Detroit. MEECA member Energy Sciences contributed by helping the company develop a strategy and conduct energy assessment at more than 40 facilities.


Learn more about the awards ceremony at the Michigan Battle of the Buildings website. And congratulations to this year’s biggest losers!

Image: Frank Shulmeister and Jake Graham of Energy Sciences being recognized at the 2018 Michigan Energy Summit.


Michigan Stakeholders React to New ASHRAE Code


Last year Michigan adopted the 2013 code of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The new code applies to both new construction and renovation projects. As MiBiz.com reports, the changes required by the new code mean higher upfront cost for contractors, but long-term savings are expected. According to an official with the U.S. Department of Energy, Michigan could expect to see energy savings of $230 million annually by 2030 from the updated code. How this will affect behavior in the marketplace is still an open question. Read the full article at MiBiz.com.


Consumers Energy Helps C/I Customers Save Money! (and Energy)


Two recent articles showcase significant customer benefits driven by Michigan’s utility energy efficiency programs. The Grand Rapids Business Journal reports that Tier 1 automotive supplier Challenge Manufacturing received a rebate check for $232,384 for completing LED lighting upgrades at its facility in Walker. This figure translates into annual electricity savings of 2.2 million kilowatt hours.


Meanwhile across the state, the Pontiac School District received a rebate check for $147,973 for energy savings from lighting and HVAC renovations to its high school. According to The Oakland Press, the district expects to draw $35 million from a five-year sinking fund millage by 2020 to make additional renovations.


To leverage previous investment, utility customers who reinvest their rebate checks in additional EE projects can reap even greater savings of energy and dollars.

Public Policy Update


New Energy Waste Reduction Low Income Workgroup Meets


MEECA was invited to attend the recent kick-off meeting of the Energy Waste Reduction Low Income Workgroup. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is spearheading this new initiative to explore opportunities to bridge existing conversations about energy efficiency and the well-being of Michigan’s low-income ratepayers. The large turn-out of people at the April 6th meeting points to strong interest in this topic. Ongoing monthly meetings have been scheduled and MEECA will continue to engage.


If you are interested in participating in the EWR Low Income Workgroup, contact MPSC staff member Brad Banks at BanksB1@michigan.gov or 517-284-8118. And, feel free to share thoughts and ideas with MEECA’s David Gard at david@meeca.info or 517-896-2960.

New Members

We are pleased to welcome our three newest members to MEECA.

Clarus Lighting & Controls is very proud to represent premier Lighting and Controls Manufacturers in Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio.


Great Lakes Hy-Save


Hawks and Associates is dedicated to environmentally responsible practices that weave energy conservation into the fabric of your facility management program, reducing your operational costs and helping preserve our natural resources.


Great Lakes Hy-Save Inc. and Hawks and Associates are both taking advantage of MEECA’s 6-month free trial membership program which is available to any C/I trade ally. To learn more about this limited membership opportunity, contact David Gard at david@meeca.info or 517-896-2960.

Member Highlight: Shelley Sullivan Featured in Corp! Magazine

Former MEECA board member Shelley Sullivan appears in the March/April 2018 edition of Corp! Magazine, a state-wide business publication dedicated to inspiring excellence among C-suite executives and business owners. Sullivan, owner of MEECA member Energy Sciences, was interviewed about women in business for the article Finding Success: There’s Still Work to Be Done. Among her observations, “We all need mentors and we can all be mentors, role models and provide support to other women. We all need to help each other.” Half of Sullivan’s 13 employees are women including technical and management staff. Read the full article at the online version of Corp! Magazine using this link.

Image from the Corp! Magazine article with caption: “Shelley Sullivan, right, is pictured at a Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association event.”

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Michigan Energy Efficiency Conference and Exhibition

Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI

8:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 8th

Hosted by DTE Energy and The Engineering Society of Detroit


MEECA networking event at The Whitney Restaurant in Detroit

5:00—7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10th

Co-hosted with Newman Consulting Group and sponsored by Midwest Illumination


Energy, Sustainability & Tech Fair in Highland Park

11:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12th


LiTES Advanced Lighting Controls Summit

NextEnergy in Detroit

8:00 a.m.—3:45 p.m., Tuesday, May 15th


Advanced Lighting Control Systems (ALCS) Training by DTE Energy

MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI

8:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 16th


2018 Michigan Commercial & Industrial Energy Conference (Lower Peninsula)

FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, MI

7:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 17th


U.P. Energy Summit

Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

9:00 a.m.—4:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 23rd


Thursday, May 31st

Deadline for the Michigan Green Communities (MGC) Challenge, a contest that measures communities’ progress toward meeting their current and future energy needs.


MEECA’s 2nd Annual Summer Golf Outing

Hawk Hollow Championship Golf Course in Bath, MI

Wednesday, July 18th


SAVE-THE-DATE: Tuesday, August 14th

ASHRAE energy code training co-hosted by MEECA and Energy Sciences

Location: Behler-Young headquarters facility in Grand Rapids, MI


Michigan Saves Contractor Breakfasts

  • 7:30 a.m., Thursday, May 10th at Marcus Grill, 55690 Van Dyke, Utica
  • 8:00 a.m., Friday, August 10th at Hennessy's Pub, 885 Jefferson St, Muskegon

Please RSVP for the either breakfast through this link (register separately for each attendee). For questions, please contact Todd Parker, Michigan Saves customer service manager, at 517-484-6474 x3 or tparker@michigansaves.org


Energy Waste Reduction Low-Income Workgroup Meetings

MPSC office building, 7109 W. Saginaw Lansing

  • Friday, May 18th
  • Thursday, June 14th
  • Thursday, July 26th

Contact MPSC staff member Brad Banks with questions at BanksB1@michigan.gov or 517-284-8118