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Energy experts to gather at MI Municipal League Office in Lansing November 8

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Kathy Fagan

LANSING – Energyefficiency experts from a wide range of organizations will gather at the Energy Services Coalition – Michigan Chapter Second Annual Awards Event taking place on November 8 at the Michigan Municipal League Office in Lansing.  

Co-hosted by the Michigan Energy Office and other Chapter members, the luncheon event will include speaker Valerie Brader, Chief Energy Policy Officer for the State of Michigan, on the topic of leveraging all resources and tools for a bright energy future.  

“Energy savings performance contracting enables building owners to use future energy savings to pay for upfront costs of energy-saving projects, eliminating the need to tap into capital budgets,” Brader said.  

The event includes a panel discussion with local government and education officials about best practices and opportunities associated with performance contracting, and a presentation by State Representative Joe Haveman about pending state legislation that would encourage the use of performance contracting by local governments and municipalities.  

At the event, awards will be given to a cross-section of statewide entities, ranging from community colleges, counties and nonprofit institutions for their exceptional commitment to energy efficiency and performance contracting across Michigan.  

Honorees include:

  • Montcalm Community College, accepted by Robert Ferrentino, President

    • $1,169,302 – size of project
    • $129,392 – annual savings guarantee

  • Washtenaw County, accepted by David Shirley, Facilities Manager

    • $6,088,652 – size of project
    • $215,755 – annual savings guarantee

  • War Memorial Hospital, accepted by David Jahn, CEO

    • $4,000,000 – size of project
    • $229,466 – annual savings guarantee

  • Detroit Medical Center, accepted by Tom Ouvry, Facilities Manager

    • $7,521,000 – project size
    • $904,102 – annual savings guarantee

  • Calhoun County, accepted by Kelli Scott, Administrator, and Art Kale, Board Chair

  • $7,036,400 – project size
    • $110,046 annual savings guarantee

 “Today’s award winners have demonstrated outstanding competency in financial stewardship, commitment to reducing wasted energy and carbon footprint, and improving the work, learning, and productivity environment for the buildings’ occupants,” said Diane Mills, president of the Energy Services Coalition – Michigan Chapter. “We expect this increased attention to energy savings performance contracting to continue to grow due to excellent results and the need to maintain tight budgets.”  

The Energy Services Coalition (ESC) is a national nonprofit organization composed of a network of experts from a wide range of organizations working together at the state and local level to increase energy efficiency and building upgrades through energy savings performance contracting.   

The Michigan ESC Chapter is dedicated to providing an outreach program that provides information and education on performance contracting to the target audience within the state.  

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