July 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the monthly newsletter of the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA). Continue reading to learn more about what's been happening as we head into late summer.

2nd Annual Golf Outing a Rousing Success!

The MEECA Golf Outing on July 18th attracted ninety-seven players to Hawk Hollow Championship Golf Course in Bath, MI—an increase of more than 25 percent over the inaugural event in 2017. The entire event, from the 18-hole scramble to the closing reception in the Clubhouse, was designed to give MEECA members and guests an enjoyable atmosphere for building relationships with other energy efficiency professionals. And, it was a great excuse to be outdoors on a perfect Michigan summer day! Event pictures can be viewed on the MEECA website.


The afternoon awards reception recognized noteworthy team and individual play. Congrulations to the winners listed below!


Team competition winners: 1st Place Team (Randazzo, Boza, Cappello, Pervolarakis); 2nd Place Team (Tilmon, Gottron, Garno, Beyer); 3rd Place Team (Maczka, Riebel, Riebel, Sander); Last Place Team: (McCoy, Jaworowski, Tocco, Daley).


Individual competition winners: Men’s Longest Drive (Jeremy Cappello); Women’s Longest Drive (Sara Tocco); Closest-to-Pin, front 9 (Jeremy Cappello); Closest-to-Pin, back 9 (Craig Covert); Longest Putt, front 9 (Dan Lipman); Longest Putt, back 9 (Aaron Hutchins); Practice Green Putting Contest (Darlene Kusterer).


Once again, MEECA gratefully acknowledges our financial supporters beginning with the 2018 “Double Eagle” Title Sponsor:

This year's other major sponsors:

Other generous sponsors of the 2nd Annual Golf Outing included 5 Lakes Energy, DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Development Solutions Midwest, Team Financial Group, Duro-Last, Inc., Behler-Young, Johnstone Supply (The Sheehan Group), Pure Eco, Spark Building Energy Solutions, and Newman Consulting Group.


A special shout out to our event volunteers Frank Schulmeister, Ryan Oswald, JT March, Ken Nielsen, and Doug Elbinger. And thanks to everyone who participated for making this year’s event a success!

Two Coming Events on MEECA's Calendar

As MEECA continues to expand our program offerings throughout the year, please note two opportunities coming soon:


Code update seminar on the New Michigan Energy Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013. The code update training will be conducted by MEECA member Energy Sciences on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Grand Rapids headquarters of MEECA member Behler-Young. This event is being sponsored by the Michigan Energy Office. Space is limited, so register soon (MEECA members receive a discount). Visit the event webpage for more information.


MEECA Annual Meeting and Program. This year’s annual membership meeting on Thursday, October 11, 2018 will be held at the headquarters of Duro-Last, Inc. in Saginaw. Following the business meeting, we will tour the Duro-Last production facility to both highlight internal energy reduction initiatives and showcase the manufacture of a Michigan-made EE product from resin to finished product. We thank Develop Solutions Midwest for sponsoring this year’s annual meeting. Stay tuned for more details.

EE News and Program Updates


Michigan Clean Energy Business Development Pilot


The Michigan Agency for Energy has partnered with an innovative, non-profit business incubator (100K Ideas) to assist Michigan small businesses in developing their energy efficiency technologies and products. Under the Michigan Clean Energy Business Development Pilot, qualifying small businesses can receive free or low-cost confidential incubation and business development services to advance their ideas from napkin-sketch to prototype and market launch. Services include concept validation, engineering, model/prototype development and testing, financial (ROI) analyses, company creation, marketing and product launch. For more information, contact 100K Ideas at (810) 429-0067 or heidi@100kideas.org


Updated Ranking Badges for Consumers Energy Trade Allies


Consumers Energy has announced the contractor badge ranking system on the Find a Provider tool. Trade Ally badges on the online directory were recently updated with ranking data from April 2017 through March 2018. This update will display on the Find a Provider tool until January 2019. Starting in 2019, the Find a Provider tool will be updated with ranking data annually in January. Take a look at your profile by visiting the online directory. If you see an error on your company's profile, please send a Trade Ally information update request form to Andrew.Stephens@icf.com


Michigan PACE Market Reaches $14.5 Million for 2018


Midwest Energy News reports that Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing continues to grow in Michigan. PACE is a mechanism to fund energy improvements through an assessment on a local property tax bill. According to Andy Levin with MEECA member company Lean & Green Michigan, “The trend is more deals—more big deals and more small deals. We just hit that point where we got to a critical mass, geographically.” Levin is referring to two new projects, a Liquid Web data center in mid-Michigan and the Roberts Riverwalk Hotel along the Detroit River near downtown. Bob Robinson, Treasurer for Eaton County where the data center is located, said of PACE financing, “We have found it to be a great economic development tool and a good opportunity for established businesses to take advantage of doing energy efficiency upgrades.” Learn more about these latest projects and PACE more generally at Midwest Energy News.


Traverse City Area Chamber Promotes EE


TC Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Doug Luciani recently penned an editorial describing his region’s efforts to promote and finance energy savings. He writes, “Among the significant advancements in the energy world — and some of the most important going forward — are in the area of energy efficiency and consumption. It tends to get less attention than some of the other trends in the energy sector. But the rapidly improving measures in helping commercial and residential energy customers reduce their power use — helping them save money and lower the stress load on regional power grids — has also been a major step forward both for energy companies and their customers.” Luciani adds, “The Chamber and its economic development partners are making a difference in these areas as well. In the past year, the Chamber teamed up with two national organizations, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and the Institute for Market Technology (IMT), to secure federal grant funds for the Chamber Small Business Energy Efficiency Program, providing free energy audits for businesses in the Grand Traverse area.” Read the full piece at the Traverse City Record-Eagle.


Low-income Energy Conservation Initiative


According to UP Matters, the Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) and Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) are engaged in a pilot project targeting energy efficiency for qualifying low-income customers. UPPCO’s Brett French explains, “This partnership enhances our existing energy efficiency program and complements the work that is currently being done by CLEAResult, Inc. and Michigan Community Action.” SWP claims that this program could be easily replicated in other underserved areas. Learn more at UP Matters.


Grand Rapids 2030 District Education Library


The Grand Rapids 2030 District maintains a growing online Education Library with resources from various education and training events. The District recently partnered with the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum to host “Reaching for Zero,” a zero net energy summit. Click here to see slide presentations from this and previous Grand Rapids 2030 District events.


MEECA Member Updates


Dr. Thomas of SEEL Named to MEEA Board. Dr. E'Lois Thomas, chief administrative officer for SEEL, LLC, (Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics), has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), a regional organization that oversees a 13-state network of industry leaders to advance energy efficiency throughout the Midwest.


Jim Newman honored by ESD. The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) presented its TechCentury Image Award to Jim Newman at its annual dinner on June 20, 2018. Newman is the owner and managing partner of Newman Consulting Group, LLC (NCG) in Farmington Hills. Each year the award recognizes “individuals who have helped promote the engineering and technical professions through involvement in the community, mentoring, public service, public speaking, and presentations to various groups.”

New Members

This month MEECA welcomes two new companies who have taken advantage of our 6-month free Trial Membership Program (TMP) sponsored by DNV GL. The TMP program is open to all C/I Trade Allies for a limited time. To learn more about this opportunity, contact David Gard at david@meeca.info.


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Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Consumers Energy Trade Ally and Contractor Orientation

August 7, 2018

Grand Rapids


Michigan Saves Contractor Breakfast

8:00am, Friday, August 10, 2018

Hennessy’s Pub, 885 Jefferson St., Muskegon, MI


New Michigan Energy Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 Training

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Grand Rapids, MI

(MEECA members received a discount on registration)


Application deadline for 2019 Inspiring Efficiency Awards

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Association is now accepting applications for the 15th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards in five categories: Education, Impact, Innovation, Leadership, and Marketing. The 2019 awards will be presented at a ceremony in Chicago on February 21, 2019.


Save-the-Date: Michigan EIBC’s Annual Energy Innovator’s Gala

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lansing, MI


Save-the-Date: Midwest Energy Solutions Conference 

February 20-22, 2019

Chicago, IL


2019 National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show

April 1-4, 2019

Chicago, IL