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Regional Energy Office Annual Meeting

Mayor Joseph Kuspa shows off Southgate's solar array

Please join with the Regional Energy Office in celebrating at our first annual meeting on February 26.  We’ll begin our meeting with a review of our accomplishments, which include over $2.7 million won on behalf of southeast Michigan local governments for municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and a $30 million grant from the U.S. Read more…

Civil Rights and Climate Change


[Written on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2013] Perhaps the most important civil rights issue facing us today is climate change. It completely changes the foundation that all our other questions, concerns and struggles are built upon. If climate change becomes catastrophic, humanity will not die. But those with power and resources will be the Read more…

City of Novi, Ordinance No. 18.237 (Wind)

Wind and driving

Establishes guidelines for siting wind turbines. Provides definitions, siting and design, application, safety requirements of small and medium sized wind turbine installations. To view the ordinance, click here.

5 member communities honored in Michigan Green Communities Challenge

Michigan Green Communities logo

We are pleased to announce that five SEMREO communities were honored for their participation in the Michigan Municipal League’s Green Communities Challenge this fall at the annual Michigan Green Communities Conference. They are: Lathrup Village Ypsilanti Ferndale Roseville Sterling Heights Our communities were honored due to a variety of efforts each has completed, including energy Read more…

Governor Snyder’s energy efficiency comments

Governor Rick Snyder speaking

On November 27, Governor Snyder delivered his Special Message on Energy and the Environment, laying out the policy vision that will guide him through the next several years. True to form, our “Tough Nerd” Governor had a healthy mix of complex issues and policy provisions, but his comments on energy efficiency stood out most as Read more…

Eastpointe to host meeting on energy efficiency

EASTPOINTE, MI – Residents interested in saving on energy costs are invited to an informational meeting Wednesday, Dec. 5 at City Hall sponsored by Better Buildings for Michigan, a non-profit organization that provides home energy assessments at a cost of $100. A free “winter ready” package of home improvements is also available to lower-income residents. Read more…

How Local Governments Can Use Competitions to Reduce Energy Use

gauges on a power meter

On December 6, 2012, from 3-4:30 pm EST, EPA’s Local Climate and Energy Program will hold a webcast describing how local governments can plan and run an energy efficiency competition to encourage energy reductions in their communities. Experts from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program will discuss the benefits of a competition, the basic steps involved, common Read more…

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    

Time to tackle your winter heat bills!


Imagine having a football-sized hole in your front door all winter long. You’d spend a fortune on heat, and your house would still be chilly! BetterBuildings for Michigan can help you tackle this problem—and your energy bills. Most Michigan residents spend $300 per year or more on energy that leaks out of their home. For 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…