January 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to the monthly newsletter of the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA). Read on to find out what's happening.
Countdown to the Gala!
MEECA is proud to host its annual banquet on March 6th under the banner of DNV-GL, our title sponsor. Each year the Gala brings together EE professionals to catch up with colleagues, celebrate our successes, and have fun. Visit the event page to register and take advantage of sponsorship opportunities for this year’s event.
The 2018 Gala returns to the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center on the MSU campus. It will feature plenty of networking before and after a plated dinner. While seated, guests will enjoy an industry-themed program (to be announced soon!) and an awards ceremony to honor individuals, businesses, and projects that have earned particular distinction. Members and supporters of MEECA and their guests all are welcome. We hope you can join us!
And thanks to those on our growing list of sponsors: DNV-GL (Title Sponsor), CLEAResult (Hors D’oeuvres Bar Sponsor), DTE Energy (Dessert Bar Sponsor), SEEL and Consumers Energy (Gold Table Sponsors), and Pure Eco and Development Solutions (Premier Sponsors).
MEECA Members Meet with State Agency Staff
In late January MEECA convened an afternoon reception for members to meet with three experts from the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) and MPSC staff. MAE Ombudsman Reka Holley, MPSC Energy Waste Reduction (EWR) Section Manager Karen Gould, and Jake Wilkinson of the Michigan Energy Office gave brief updates on the state regulatory landscape as it relates to EE contractors and their customers. Among the topics covered were State of Michigan funding for efficiency projects in 2018, the role of the new Ombudsman position, and news about EWR programs. We appreciate Reka, Karen, and Jake for sharing their expertise with our members.
Look for other member-only events to be added to MEECA’s calendar this year.
Energy Efficiency in the News
MAE Announces LED Lighting Rebates
Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) is offering two rebate programs for conversion to LED lighting, one for converting streetlights and the other for commercial buildings. Financial assistance is available only to the public sector and nonprofit entities on a commercial rate, including municipalities and public school districts. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will match utility rebates up to 25 percent of the total cost of the lighting replacements, with a maximum payment of $10,000 per applicant. For more information, visit the MAE website or contact Jake Wilkinson at WilkinsonJ8@michigan.gov.
Focus on Net-Zero Buildings is Rising
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has released a new guide, “Best Practices for Leasing Net-Zero Energy Buildings.” It explains how building owners can increase profit by bundling the multiple benefits of net-zero design. The full study is available for download at the RMI website. Meanwhile, here in Michigan the Zero Cities Project aims to eliminate the carbon footprint of Grand Rapids by 2015 with highly efficient buildings as a cornerstone of the strategy. Listen to this story on Michigan Public Radio.
Smart Manufacturing Saves Energy
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has joined the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovative Institute (CESMII). This table of numerous academic, industry, and nonprofit partners is working to enable the development and deployment of smart manufacturing technologies that can increase energy productivity, economic performance, and workforce expansion in American manufacturing. The institute was created to radically accelerate the development and adoption of advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and models for U.S. manufacturing through integrated industry-led Smart Manufacturing (SM) technical, business and educational methodologies. Read ACEEE’s full press release here.
New Federal Tax Law: A Mixed Bag for Energy Efficiency
While the recently adopted tax bill will not dramatically impact the industry, there is both good and bad news about specific provisions. Decentralized Energy has a brief summary of the changes. Click here for their analysis.
Michigan Utility Ratepayers to Benefit from Tax Cuts
Michigan energy consumers will see a reduction in energy costs this year due to the recent changes to the U.S tax code. Both Consumers Energy and DTE Energy are expecting this to result in a 3 percent to 4 percent savings for their customers. This follows a call by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) for utility companies to study the impact of the new federal tax law and propose how to pass these savings to ratepayers. The new energy rates will take effect after MPSC approval later this year. Read the story in Crain’s Detroit Business here.
This month MEECA is delighted to welcome two new members under our Trial Membership Program sponsored by DNV-GL. To learn about how your company might take advantage of this limited opportunity, contact MEECA executive director David Gard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Safety Source, LLC carries a complete line of MRO, janitorial, safety, medical, industrial, lighting, material handling, foodservice, office & packaging supplies. The company also performs turnkey energy efficiency programs as well as designs, installs and services various industrial services related to LED interior & exterior lighting, vendor managed inventory, vending solutions, warehouse pallet racking, material handling, in plant offices and asset protection. The Safety Source, LLC is a Certified Woman Owned Business.
Energy Saving Technologies of America Inc. is a provider of HVAC solutions for facilities in a variety of commercial industries. The company improves heating and cooling system performance to achieve significant costs savings for their customers.
Snug Home is a 501(c)3 nonprofit program with a team of experts whose only goal is supporting your family and the health and safety thereof. Throughout the home performance process, we will work together to make sure you have everything you need, including connecting you to professionals who can fix the problems, and advocating on your behalf.
February 7-9, 2018 in Chicago, IL
MES is the region's largest energy efficiency event and an unparalleled networking opportunity. This year MEECA will participate in a pre-conference workshop on “Good EE Policy for Economic Growth”
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in Grand Rapids, MI
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in East Lansing, MI
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Sterling Heights, MI
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Deadline for submitting nominations for the Governor's Energy Excellence Awards for work completed during calendar year 2017.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Grand Rapids, MI
Michigan Battle of the Buildings, an awards and recognition program open to all Michigan area commercial, industrial, non-profit, educational institutions & multi-family buildings.
Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Detroit, MI
MEECA at The Whitney: A members-only gathering at one of Detroit’s finest establishments. Join us for a tour highlighting the facility’s recent energy upgrades and a discussion of how PACE financing made it possible. Save the date, details to follow!