Municipal Energy Savings

Bright Lights, Bright Futures

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HOW LED STREET LIGHTS CAN BRIGHTEN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES If metro Detroit converted 50,000 street lights to LED technology, what kind of impact would that make? Cities and taxpayers alike would benefit from the cost savings, and our region would move one more step from rust belt to green belt. On Wednesday, November 13th, city staff Read more…

How Southeast Michigan Can Lead Obama’s Clean Energy Economy

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In June, President Obama announced his new national Climate Action Plan, which calls on America to lead international efforts to combat a changing climate. In his December 2012 Energy and Environment Address, Governor Snyder spoke about the importance of “energy reliability” and why it’s important that our state has the ability to produce its own Read more…

Two Cities go LED (video)

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Pedestrians and drivers on John R. Road in Hazel Park may notice new fixtures on street lights thanks to energy-saving LED lights the City has installed. These new LED street lights are more efficient than the previous lights, helping the city save energy and money while improving the aesthetics of the downtown area. The project Read more…

Hazel Park lights up John R Road with LEDs

Pedestrians and drivers on John R. Road in Hazel Park may notice new fixtures on street lights thanks to energy-saving LED lights the city has installed. These new LED street lights are more efficient than the previous lights, helping the city save energy and money while improving the aesthetics of the downtown area. The project Read more…

Small Wind Energy System Ordinance

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A model wind ordinance funded in part by the Wisconsin based Focus on Energy program. Applicable to small (less than 100 kW and/or less than 170 feet tall) installations in urban environments. To view the ordinance, click here.

Model Municipal Wind Siting Ordinance

A model ordinance by the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. This ordinance covers wind turbine siting for turbines of varying sizes in both rural and urban environments. Click here to view the fact sheet    

Funding Opportunity for Green Economic Development

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When local governments seek to implement green projects within their community, the Economic Development Administration of the US Federal Government may not be the first place they think of. While the primary purpose of EDA grants are to promote job creation and economic prosperity, “environmentally-sustainable development” is one of EDA’s investment priorities. They include: Collaborative Read more…

Vermont Streamlines Solar Regulations

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Vermont legislators enacted a bill recently that streamlines the process for small-scale solar installations, opening the door for residential and commercial customers to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with less red tape. “Aside from time, a recent report produced by SunRun estimated that permitting adds roughly $2,500 to the cost of an average residential installation.” – from Read more…

Energy Guide for Local Governments

The EPA has released a great guide for local governments interested in Energy Efficiency. This document covers not only an overview of good projects for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas production, but it also includes strategies for successfully implementing a program and paying for it. Note that this guide is part of a series Read more…

Washtenaw County installs solar water heating (with video)

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Washtenaw County wanted to implement renewable technology as part of their Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), but wasn’t sure what locations and systems would make the best use of their grant dollars. So the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office helped the County examine water heating needs in county buildings determine which buildings would be Read more…