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Michigan Companies Reducing Energy Costs

Michigan Companies Reducing Energy Costs

Industrial-strength savings: Michigan companies take steps to reduce energy used in industrial, office facilities Crain’s Detroit Business, September 3, 2017 Greg Pflum was hoping to lure a new plant to the BASF facility he oversees in Wyandotte four years ago when he got an unwelcome reminder about the importance of energy costs. High Michigan energy

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Solar Thermal System Has Been Reducing Farms Energy Consumption

Solar thermal system part of Michigan agriculture energy efficiency tour Michigan State University Extension, July 24, 2017 Heating water for sanitary use in the milking parlor can be a significant energy expense on a dairy farm. One energy reduction option dairies can choose is to use solar thermal water heating panels to preheat water before

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PACE Financing Begins to Take Off in Michigan

Making energy efficiency projects pay off, right away Michigan Radio, January 5, 2017 The U.S. EPA estimates that companies in Michigan waste up to a third of the energy they buy because of inefficient buildings and equipment. But most of the companies just keep paying those high energy bills, month after month, because they can’t

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Shining a Light on the Real Issues with the E2e Weatherization Study

The E2e weatherization study: generating more heat than light ACEEE, July 2, 2015. Image credit: geralt Methodology First, parts of this study use an experimental research design called a randomized controlled trial, where researchers define a pool of eligible customers and randomly assign some of the eligible customers to a treatment group and some to a

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Calling Out the Efficacy of Energy Efficiency

A new study claims the fiscal cost of upgrades outshine the savings by 50%. Amber Plante for Zondits, June 29, 2015. Image credit: Bullhorn Energy efficiency gives us a way to use less power, reduce costs, and still live comfortably. This principle has been at the forefront of the movement to upgrade lighting, household appliances,

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Are Energy Efficiency Policies as Cost-Effective as We Think?

A big new study looks at federal energy-efficiency efforts — and the results are grim Vox, June 23, 2015. Image credit: PeteLinforth That’s a question raised in a new working paper by Meredith Fowlie, Michael Greenstone, and Catherine Wolfram. The economists conducted a large randomized controlled trial of 30,000 homes in Michigan involving the federal Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income

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The Energy Debate in Michigan

Rowe: Government stacks deck against renewable energy The Detroit News, March 24, 2015 Gov. Rick Snyder recently gave an address on energy and, as expected, his approach included market-based solutions, the notion that the market should take care of renewable energy development. As a professor of renewable energy and energy management for more than 30

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Michigan Politicians Attempt to Derail Efficiency and Clean Energy

Gita Subramony for Zondits, March 19, 2015 Last year, Michigan policy-makers proposed questionable changes to the state’s definition of clean energy; a house bill attempted to expand clean energy to include the burning of waste material and garbage in order to meet the state’s clean energy goals. State representative Aric Nesbitt, who proposed the initial

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