Best Practices

How Southeast Michigan Can Lead Obama’s Clean Energy Economy

Image courtesy of Steve Jurvetson via Flickr

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…

Community Energy Plan for the city of Holland

LED Lighting in downtown Holland, Michigan

In 2011, the City of Holland and its utility, the Holland Board of Public Works, embarked on creating a Community Energy Plan, with a target year of 2050, with the following goals: Ensure economic competitiveness; Provide reliable and affordable energy; and, Protect the environment. The energy plan is distinctive because of the level of cooperation Read more…

Sample solar and wind ordinances now available

Sample renewable energy ordinances for wind and solar energy are now available. Staff at the Regional Energy Office have begun compiling sample siting and zoning ordinances for renewable energy projects in residential areas. These samples are the beginning of a project that will identify best practices for small Michigan cities. This project came at the Read more…

D.I.Y. Home Energy Projects!

The BetterBuildings for Michigan Program is geared toward metro Detroiters who live in single-family homes, but no matter where you live there are some do-it-yourself projects anyone can do to help make your apartment, mobile home, dorm room or any other dwelling more energy efficient.  

What did you say was in my house? 3 Energy Audit Show-Stoppers

Checking for gas leaks in basement pipes

At BetterBuildngs for Michigan, we are lucky to work with a great team of energy advisers – women and men dedicated to their trade and to helping people save energy. Yet, as good as they are, sometimes they come across situations that require some additional resources to help you make your home more efficient—so let’s Read more…

PACE! What is it good for?


A lot actually. PACE (or the artist formerly known as Property Assessed Clean Energy) was passed by the Michigan legislature in 2010, and it could be a game changer for our state. For those of who have not heard about PACE,  Let me tell you a little story about how PACE works. Bob the building Read more…

Energy Management Plans help cities save strategically


The Energy Office is helping cities kick-start an Energy Management Plan (EMP), helping them take stock of how well they manage energy, track their existing projects and strategically plan for future cost reductions. What is an Energy Management Plan, you might ask? Basically, an EMP is a strategic, rational way to examine energy investment choices Read more…