Michigan Land Use Institute

Clean Energy / News & Views / MLUI Report: The Power of Energy Efficiency

MLUI Report: The Power of Energy Efficiency

Save Money. Create Jobs. Reduce Pollution.

Efficiency First | September 30, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS


DOWNLOAD THE PDF

 

LEAD SPONSORS

 

 

 

PARTNER SPONSOR

 

 

SUSTAINING SPONSORS

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

 

Odom Reusable Building Materials

Cone Drive

Michigan Energy Options

Midwest Refrigeration

Paradigm Energy Services

 

SUPPORT ALSO PROVIDED BY

 

SEEDS

Traverse City Light & Power

The Grand Vision

 

Recent Posts

DTE and Consumers: Time to Let the Sun Shine In

Solar power | July 23, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

What if a profitable monopoly with an unshakable grip on its customers refused all pleas to establish a program that, cost free, would create lots of good jobs in Michigan and aid the rise of a crucial global industry here? That’s Michigan’s situation, thanks to DTE Energy and Consumers Energy’s regrettable reluctance to renew and expand their rooftop solar programs....

Ric Evans, Efficiency Pro, Seeks Reelection to GLE Board

Great Lakes Energy | July 9, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

When Ric Evans won a Board of Directors seat at Great Lakes Energy three years ago, it marked the first time a pro-renewables candidate joined the co-op’s board. Now he's seeking re-election. We asked him about his initial stint as a GLE board member, the lessons he’s learned, and what he would focus on in another term. ...

MLUI joins groups to urge action on pipeline

Pipeline | July 2, 2014 | By MLUI

The Michigan Land Use Institute is pleased to sign on to this letter to remind the governor and attorney general of the important legal authority they hold on behalf of Michigan's citizens to protect our public trust in the Great Lakes. The State of Michigan retains full legal authority over all activities that occur in the waters and bottomlands of the Great Lakes—and requires complete transparency, disclosure, and accountability from Enbridge regarding the pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. ...

INTRODUCTION: More Efficiency Means More Prosperity
Energy efficiency puts our contractors to work; boosts local retail sales; keeps more of residents’ hard-earned dollars in town; increases property values; makes the community more attractive; and by lowering overall energy demand, slows the rise of everyone’s energy costs.

HOMES: Residents Cheer Cozier Homes, Lower Heating Bills
The two-year TCSaves program was—and is—good news for Traverse City: It kept local contractors and building supply wholesalers busy. Now it’s saving energy dollars for homeowners and keeping some of those dollars in town.

BUSINESSES: Public-Private Partnerships Power Business Efficiency
Money-saving energy efficiency projects like Britten’s are increasingly common both locally and nationally as businesses look for ways to boost their bottom lines. The payoffs can be gratifying.

JOBS: Efficiency Work Keeps Contractors Busy
For close to two years, more than a dozen home energy assessors, contractors, and workers from three local companies have made the city-sponsored pilot home-efficiency program tick. The success stories—and the jobs and savings they produce—could multiply dramatically.

POLICY: Mandates Drive Efficiency Industry
As community leaders in towns like Holland, Ann Arbor, and Traverse City ponder different ways to accelerate efficiency investments by homeowners and businesses, energy services companies—or ESCOs—are emerging as a most effective way to help not only large public buildings save energy, but also private firms with smaller buildings.

MONEY: In Search of Financing--For Everyone
Major home energy efficiency upgrades could become a common sight in Traverse City, once leaders find a very inexpensive, long-term way to finance them.

PIONEERS: Who's Leading the Charge?
Four different communities have reached the same conclusion: When it comes to making and using energy, it’s time to replace business-as-usual with breakthrough innovation. But each community is also traveling a somewhat different path to a better energy future. 

CONCLUSION: Traverse City Can Be A Leader
TCSaves showed that a well done, public-private residential energy program can reach many homeowners, make them more comfortable and lower their utility bills, produce good-paying jobs, keep more cash in the local economy, increase home values, and make financial sense. 

(Click to enlarge) Homeowners and businesspeople who improve their buildings' efficiency gain comfort, receive strong returns on their investments, create good-paying jobs, have more spendable income, and cut air pollution. 

 

 

1 Comment

279 days ago, 3:20pm | by Mark H. Clevey | Report Comment

Excellent work!

By submitting this comment you agree to our commenting policy.
Name:
Comment:
*Comments are limited to 1000 characters.

Search Archives

Michigan Land Use Institute

148 E. Front Street, Suite 301
Traverse City, MI 49684-5725
p (231) 941-6584 
e comments@mlui.org