October 2017 Newsletter
Welcome to the newsletter of the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA), the voice for Michigan's energy efficiency contractors.
Governor Snyder Honors MEECA Members
On October 19 in Detroit, Gov. Rick Snyder presided over the 3rd annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards, the only ceremony of its kind in the nation. The event recognized exceptional performance across several energy efficiency project and individual categories. Winning this year’s award for Contractor of the Year was MEECA member Better World Builders of Kalamazoo:
Another MEECA member, Consumers Energy, won the award for Best Communication or Education Program:
All 2017 finalists were celebrated before each award was announced. Three additional MEECA members were so honored. Carla Walker-Miller of Walker-Miller Energy Services in Detroit was a Finalist for Innovator of the Year:
Walt Dindoffer of Development Solutions in Temperance was another Finalist for Innovator of the Year:
And Brett Little of GreenHome Institute in Grand Rapids was a Finalist for Best Communication or Education Program:
Congratulations to all of MEECA’s 2017 winners and finalists! Profiles of all finalists can be found at the Energy Excellence Awards website.
MEECA Organizational Updates
Annual Membership Meeting and Board Election
MEECA members convened in Williamston on October 12 for the organization's annual meeting. Highlights included a report on the past year's activities and a policy update by Executive Director David Gard. In addition, results of the recent board election were announced. Congratulations to our new and returning board members:
- James March, March Electric (incoming Secretary)
- Frank Schulmeister, Energy Sciences
- Douglas Elbinger, Newman Consulting (incoming Treasurer)
- Len Smith, Lumacuity LED Lighting
- Ken Nielsen, The Nielsen Group (incoming Vice President)
- Ryan Oswald, Pure Eco (incoming President)
- Amanda Godward, Ecotelligent Homes
- Shannon Morrow, SEEL
- Todd O'Grady, Michigan Saves
- Walt Dindoffer, Development Solutions
- Bill Ringrose, DNV-GL
- Katie Chapman, Duro-Last
- Pete Kiser, Behler-Young
We wish to recognize departing board member Shelley Sullivan with Energy Sciences for her dedicated service to MEECA. And special thanks to our annual meeting sponsors, Development Solutions and SEEL.
MEECA Trial Membership Program
A six-month free trial membership to MEECA is currently open to any commercial and industrial trade ally of DTE Energy and Consumers Energy. If you know of a contractor who might be interested, have them contact David Gard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-896-2960 for more information. This opportunity has been made possible by the generous financial support of DNV-GL.
Residential EWR Program Update
Consumers Energy Introduces Rebates for Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps
Ductless mini-split heat pumps are a great alternative to electric resistant heat. With efficiencies at 21 SEER and higher, they out-perform older heat pump systems. These units are eligible for a $500 rebate for installations on September 1, 2017 or later. For more information, contact the Account Support Team at email@example.com or 877-404-7937.
Energy Efficiency in the News
A new study from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute evaluates light sources for their blue light hazard with a practical, quantitative approach. Findings from the study were published in the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.
ACEEE’s new report “Recent Developments in Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification” covers what pioneering states and utilities are doing to help ensure the EE resource is properly valued. One of the most visible trends is the analysis of large amounts of energy consumption data.
Every year, ACEEE’s State Scorecard ranks states on their EE policy and program efforts and provides recommendations for ways that states can improve their performance in a variety of policy areas. More information about how Michigan stacks up is available here.
A new study concludes that Michigan is home to over 90,000 clean energy jobs. More than half of these are in the energy efficiency sector. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry makes up the largest portion of energy efficiency jobs followed closely by advanced building materials and efficient lighting.
Aditionally, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) notes two industry-related trends:
- Residential electricity prices up 3% in first half of 2017. First half of 2017 average electricity prices are higher than last year in most areas of the country, with only six states experiencing lower prices.
- Winter heating costs likely to be higher this winter than last winter. Most U.S. households can expect higher heating expenditures this winter (October through March) than the last two winters.
Public Policy Update
MEECA Weighs in about Michigan’s Integrated Resource Planning Process
On September 19, Executive Director David Gard attended a public hearing in Marquette hosted by the Michigan Public Service Commission to receive comments related to utility integrated resource plans, or IRPs. Gard spoke about the importance of treating energy efficiency as a critical resource in long-term utility investments. MEECA also submitted written comments on behalf of its members.
Implementation of State Energy Laws
A website from the Michigan Public Service Commission provides details on updates related to recently adopted state energy laws. To learn more, or to sign up for notifications, visit http://www.michigan.gov/energylegislation.
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Michigan Agency for Energy’s Energy Services Coalition’s 2017 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards, Wednesday, November 1 in Lansing.
Representative Beth Griffin will be the Keynote Speaker and will highlight new legislation regarding energy project financing. Attendees will also hear from the award recipients about their Energy Savings Performance Contract experience, and lunch will be provided.
5th Annual Michigan Energy Innovators Gala, Thursday, November 9 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.
This annual event recognizes those businesses and policymakers who have done the most to grow the Michigan advanced energy industry.
Zero Net Energy Workshop, Tuesday, November 14 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Representatives from New Buildings Institute and the Consumers Energy's Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot Program team will introduce the topic of zero energy including existing codes and policies, national market adoption and a detailed presentation of Consumers Energy's ZNE Pilot Program that was launched in 2017.
Save the Date: MEECA Annual Gala, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.
Save the Date: MEECA Second Annual Golf Outing, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Hawk Hollow Championship Golf Course in Bath.