November 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 fall.

MEECA Hosts Zero Net Energy Event in Detroit

Image: The recently renovated IBEW Local 58 Zero Net Energy training facility in Corktown.


On Wednesday, November 28th, nearly forty people gathered in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood to see how a 1960s-vintage cinder block structure became Michigan's largest zero net energy (ZNE) building to date. By definition, a ZNE building self-generates at least as much energy as it consumers on an annual basis.


The owner, IBEW Local 58, wanted to bring the 33,000 square foot training facility into the 21st century and serve as a learning laboratory for the next generation of electricians. They also wanted to save money. The result is a building that no longer uses natural gas and relies exclusively on an electric geothermal system for space heating and cooling. Other highlights of the renovation include 6-inch foam structural insulated panels (SIPS) manufactured in Michigan, a 175 kilowatt DC rooftop solar system, and an number of other energy conservation measures that have yielded an Energy Star rating of 95.


On hand were project leaders Ken Nielsen and Walt Dindoffer to describe the specific technical elements that together have slashed IBEW’s monthly utility bill and delivered a comfortable modern learning environment. Also attending were other contractors and engineers who contributed their expertise. For more details about this award-winning project, check out this recent blog by Doug Elbinger.


Following the technical presentation and facility tour, the group reconvened at Slows BBQ down the street for more networking and fun. See the image gallery below for pictures from the event.


Special thanks to dinner sponsor DTE Energy, and to event sponsors Development Solutions Midwest and The Nielsen Group! Stay tuned for announcements about similar MEECA events in the coming year.


Click on each image to enlarge.

EE in the News


Kentwood’s PACE program promotes energy efficiency


WKTV reports on the City of Kentwood’s recent adoption of Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE. According to the article, Kentwood has joined 22 Michigan counties and over a dozen cities and townships in enabling the clean energy financing tool. For more information about Kentwood’s PACE program, see the article.


Taking Stock of Michigan’s Energy Efficiency Performance


In a recent interview, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) senior fellow Marty Kushler discussed Michigan’s continuous progress in saving energy. He reviews the state’s trajectory since 2008 when utility companies were required to establish electricity and natural gas efficiency programs. To read the full interview with Dr. Kushler, click here.


Five Building Projects Honored for Performance Contract Savings


Building projects in Delhi Charter Township, Livonia, Romulus, and St. Clair Shores have been recognized for leadership in energy savings through performance contracts. They were featured at the 2018 Leadership in Energy Efficiency event hosted by the Energy Services Coalition—Michigan Chapter. Together they are annually saving $3.5 million from combined investments of over $39 million. For more information, read the State of Michigan’s press release.


National Climate Assessment Points to Region-specific Impacts


The federal government’s fourth National Climate Assessment has been released. It discusses region-specific impacts to be expected going forward. Among these, the Midwest can expect hotter summers and higher springtime humidity. These realities will influence how energy efficiency measures are planned and deployed. Also, results of the report point to how public policy might evolve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support communities as they adapt to a changing climate over time. Listen to a report on this topic by Michigan Radio.


Michigan Radio Covers Benefits of a New Furnace


As another heating season begins, Michigan Radio’s Environment Report recently focused on home energy savings from installing new furnace equipment. To see how these issues are being framed for the listening public, visit the Michigan Radio website.


U.S. EIA Data on Residential Energy Usage


The Energy Information Administration publishes daily briefs about the U.S. energy sector. This month included two profiles about residential energy use. To learn more, click on either link below.


Public Policy Update

2018 Midterm Elections


With this month’s elections behind us, MEECA is looking ahead to building relationships with new and returning policymakers and educating them about the energy efficiency industry. This will be an important focus of our work in 2019. To learn more about how the election results might impact energy efficiency policy in the Midwest, join MEEA for its upcoming Post-Election Analysis webinar at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, December 6, 2018.


MEECA awardee elected to the U.S. House of Representatives


Andy Levin, founder of MEECA member Lean & Green Michigan, has been elected to the U.S. Congress from Michigan’s 9th District. Earlier this year Andy was honored by MEECA with its “Innovator of the Year” award for his work to expand PACE financing throughout Michigan. We congratulate Representative-elect Levin and look forward to supporting his ongoing efforts to strengthen the clean energy industry in our state.


MPSC Meetings Livestreamed


This month the Michigan Public Service announced that its regular meetings will be made available via livestream to the public. For more information including a link to the MPSC’s YouTube channel, read their recent press release.


New Members

This month we are pleased to welcome two new members through the 6-month Trial Membership Program. This opportunity, sponspored by DNV GL, is available to C/I trade allies through December 2018. Contact David Gard at if you would like more information.

Lighting Resources of Michigan, Inc. is a leading distributor of energy-efficient, long-life, premium-quality, industrial-rated lighting products.


We carry and service an extensive range of light bulbs including fluorescents, compact fluorescent bulbs, metal halides, high-pressure sodium, mercury vapor, LED lighting, halogen and incandescents. Our product lines are continuously expanding and we can provide “hard to find” light bulbs.


We are specialists in industrial, commercial, and institutional light bulbs. Our bulbs are built using components that are superior and more durable than a tube that you would buy at a big box hardware store.


Our lights are longer lasting, provide a more natural light, won’t color-shift with age, require fewer change outs and are environmentally-friendly.


Renewing Members

At CLEAResult, we make energy efficiency smarter, faster and more accessible for everyone. We work with utilities, businesses and consumers to improve the energy experience on a local and global level—and we’re just getting started.


Michigan Saves is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making energy improvements easy and affordable. We operate as a green bank to offer financing programs that help Michigan residents take control of their energy costs through efficiency and renewable projects.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

MEEA webinar on post-election analysis of energy efficiency policy in the Midwest

3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2018


Webinar on addressing leaky ductwork for healthcare facilities

1:30 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2018

Energy Management Association and Aeroseal; CECs available


GLREA Annual Meeting

10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018

Ypsilanti, MI


Webinar: What makes a HERS home so special, anyway?

12:00 to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Greenhome Institute; CEC available


Early-bird registration deadline for 2019 Midwest Energy Solutions

Friday, December 14, 2018


Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition

January 22-24, 2019

Chicago, IL

2019 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

February 20-22, 2019

Chicago, IL


MEECA Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

MSU Kellogg Center, East Lansing

Registration and sponsorship details coming soon!


The new gubernatorial administration is seeking applicants for appointments. To apply, visit


DNV GL Talks Energy Podcast Series explores ongoing changes to the industry. Subscribe today.


The Michigan Energy Office recently announced a plan to improve energy programs for the agricultural and rural communities.


Michigan Energy Office announces energy waste reduction rebates for small manufacturers in the Upper Peninsula.