September 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 early fall.

Governor's Energy Excellence Awards Recognize Superior Achievement

This month Governor Rick Snyder presided over the 4th Annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards in Grand Rapids. Each year the event shines a bright light on industry leaders from across Michigan. MEECA Executive Director David Gard spoke at the ceremony, introducing finalists for Contractor of the Year.


Nearly 150 people gathered at the Goei Center to celebrate a select group of 21 nominees across eight categories. Reflecting on the industry, Gov. Snyder said, Michigan has made incredible strides in advancing clean energy, making our future brighter and saving money for residents across the board.” He added, “The progress we’ve made is a result of employers, utilities, municipalities and many others taking innovative approaches to address our energy needs. I’m incredibly proud that Michigan continues to be a national leader in reduction of energy waste and costs, and thank all the employers and individuals honored here tonight for their contributions.”


The 2018 honorees' collective work represented innovative, highly successful efforts to save energy in all sectors, in both existing and newly constructed buildings. The nominees are listed below with an asterisk indicating catetory winners. To learn more about each one, visit the Governor's Energy Excellence Awards website.

Best Residential Project:

Nancy Choura, South Haven

Roy Cole, Holland

James Stump, Lyons*

Best Industrial/Manufacturing Project:

ArcelorMittal, Detroit*

Verso Corporation, Escanaba Mill 

Best Commercial Project (Private):

IBEW Local 58, Detroit*

Metea Court Apartments, Buchanan
Otsego Apartments, Jackson

Best Public Project:

Genesee Intermediate School District, Flint*

Holland Board of Public Works, Holland
Van Buren Intermediate School District, Lawrence

Best Agricultural Project:

Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC, Coopersville*

Contractor of the Year:

Albert Heating & Cooling, Sault Ste. Marie
Ecotelligent Homes, Farmington Hills

WMGB Home Improvement, Wyoming*

Innovator of the Year:

Dave Heinz, Petoskey
Kenneth Randazzo, Detroit

Major General Michael Stone, Lansing*

Best Program:

EnergySmart Grocer, East Lansing
Homeless Shelters Initiative, Okemos*

Residential Energy Performance Labeling Pilot Program, Holland

Four other individuals and organizations received honorable mentions:

Robert Katrinic, Holland (Residential)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Public)
Michael Abraham, Jr. and Sam DiNello, Sterling Heights (Innovator of the Year)

House of Worship Rewards, Jackson (Program)

EE in the News


U.S. EE Industry Continues to Grow


According to a new study Energy Efficiency Jobs in America, the U.S. energy efficiency industry is becoming known as a jobs powerhouse that supports a workforce of nearly 2.25 million people. EE is the largest sector of the growing U.S. clean energy economy. Released by the non-profit organization E4TheFuture, the study lays out the scale and scope of these jobs across the nation. It reports job numbers by sectors, county and metropolitan areas, congressional and state districts, and supply chain categories.


In a related analysis, Metro Detroit ranks 11th out of the top 50 U.S. metro regions for clean energy jobs, while Grand Rapids rounded out the list at number 50.


Supplier Diversity and Workforce Development in the Midwest EE Industry


MEECA member Midwest Energy Efficiency Association (MEEA) has released a whitepaper, Winning Contracts and Developing Skills: Supplier Diversity and Workforce Development in the Midwest Energy Efficiency Industry. It finds that while EE investment across the region has supported a growing workforce, the industry remains largely homogenous and lacks diversity in trade allies, implementers, and other program administrators. The paper compares initiatives across the region and offers suggestions on how to improve these efforts. Click here to read more about MEEA’s new research.


Detroit Office of Sustainability finalizing Action Plan


At the National Association of State Energy Officials annual meeting, Detroit’s sustainability director Joel Howrani Heeres reported on the status of the City’s sustainability action plan which would impact businesses and residents by investing in energy-efficient infrastructure. As recently reported by Crain’s Detroit Business, Heeres said his office is “working with DTE Energy on ‘ways to more strategically deploy energy optimization dollars,’ and the office is considering a ‘building resource center’ in the city to ‘show people what is out there’ in terms of energy efficient technology and funding options.”


Michigan schools encouraged to pursue ENERGY STAR certification


Michigan has more ENERGY STAR certified K-12 schools than other states in the region. To build on this success, the Michigan Energy Office (MEO) has announced a program that will make funds available to Michigan public educational facilities on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification, a building must meet strict energy performance standards set by the U.S. EPA. At the end of 2017, Michigan had nearly 500 such facilities. Read more about this funding opportunity at the MEO website.


Residential Survey Results from U.S. Energy Information Administration


Nearly one-third of U.S. households reported facing a challenge in paying energy bills or sustaining adequate heating and cooling of their homes in 2015. According to the most recent results from EIA’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), about one in five households reported reducing or forgoing necessities such as food and medicine to pay an energy bill.


Another finding of RECS is that televisions and related peripheral devices—such as digital video recorders (DVRs), video game consoles, and streaming devices—consumed 7 percent of the electricity used in American homes in 2015 and cost $103 per home to operate.


New report points to significantly greater potential to save energy


The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has released a study that challenges conventional wisdom on the size and cost of energy savings. It calls for “focusing less on individual technologies than on whole systems (buildings, factories, vehicles, and the larger systems embedding them), and replacing theoretical assumptions about efficiency’s diminishing returns with practitioners’ empirical evidence of expanding returns.” Read the Utility Dive story to learn more and link to the RMI report.


Renewing Members

Better World Builders specializes in the analysis and correction of energy loss in commercial and residential buildings. We have an intimate understanding of building science principles and how they relate to the safe and efficient use of heating and cooling energy. Our mission is to create stewardship and energy efficiency in the buildings where we live and work.

DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.

DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan.

At Energy Sciences, our mission is to provide energy consulting services with the utmost integrity, to practice sustainable measures and to be socially responsible for the benefit of our clients, the environment and all living things.

GreenHome Institute is a nonprofit organization that empowers professionals and homeowners to make healthier and more sustainable choices in the places we live.

Johnstone Supply is your one-stop shop, with a variety of options in unitary and specialty equipment, repair and replacement parts, and maintenance supplies for Residential, Light Commercial, Refrigeration and Facilities Maintenance.

Pure Eco is a family-owned and operated business.  Its employees share a passion for hard work and preserving the environment for future generations to enjoy. Our management team consists of four individuals who have diverse professional backgrounds and expertise. This team is committed to making Pure Eco the leading “green” energy services company in the Midwest.

SEEL, formed in 2009, is a leading minority-owned energy program services company. Focusing on community, quality and cost-effectiveness, SEEL is one of the largest minority-owned energy management firms in the country. SEEL’s vision is to be a leader in the energy efficiency movement through constant innovation, unmatched client focus and outstanding operational performance.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Third annual Energy Efficiency Day

Friday October 5, 2018


MECA contractor training sessions on the benefits of residential heat pumps

Tuesday October 9, 2018 (Mt. Pleasant)

Wednesday October 10, 2018 (Petoskey)

Find out how heat pumps can benefit homeowners and learn about improved controls. Click here to register for either session.


MEECA Annual Meeting & Networking Event

2:00pm-5:30pm Thursday, October 11, 2018

Duro-Last headquarters in Saginaw.

Join us for MEECA's annual membership meeting followed by a tour of Duro-Last's production facility to learn about their "cool roof" EE product, and hear about internal EE improvements implemented under Consumers Energy's pilot program. Space will be limited, so click here to register for the event.


ACEEE Rural Energy Conference

Monday October 22, 2018

Atlanta, GA


Second Annual Sustainable Detroit Forum

9:00am-4:00pm on Wednesday October 24, 2018

Wayne State Student Center


Application deadline for USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants

Wednesday October 31, 2018

Additional information about the program and how to apply for this funding is available on page 40216 of the August 14, 2018 Federal Register.


Training Session: New Michigan Energy Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013

9:00am-1:00pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

DNV GL Training Center, Detroit

Hold-the-Date: Details and registration available soon!


2018 USGBC West Michigan Annual Party & Award Ceremony

5:30-8:30pm on Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Ballroom at McKay, Grand Rapids


Michigan EIBC’s Annual Energy Innovator’s Gala

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

MSU Kellogg Center, East Lansing


Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

November 14-16, 2018

McCormick Place in Chicago, IL


Tour of Award-Winning Zero Net Energy Facility & MEECA Networking Event

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

IBEW Local 58, Detroit

Hold-the-Date: Details and registration available soon!


Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference

November 28-29, 2018

St. Louis, MO


2019 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

February 20-22, 2019

Chicago, IL


2019 National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show

April 1-4, 2019

Chicago, IL