Municipal Facilities

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)

Solar Hot Water Panels washtenaw county

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…

Easy savings at Hazel Park ice arena (video)

Hazel Park Ice Arena energy savings project

One simple change is saving lots of energy at Hazel Park’s Viking Ice Arena! The problem Every hockey fan has watched the Zamboni go around the rink between periods, scraping shavings off the ice and leaving a smooth surface for skaters. But have you ever thought about where all that ice goes?

Monitoring South Lyon’s water treatment plant (video)

south lyon clean water plant

South Lyon recently upgraded its Clean Water Plant, adding 14 new blowers to meet increased demand. That puts a big strain on their resources, so they had to get creative about how to reduce costs. Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) are HUGE energy users, so there‚Äôs a giant savings opportunity. WWTPs account for 3% of total Read more…