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Model Small-Scale Solar Siting Ordinance

Residential solar

A model ordinance by the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School for small-scale solar PV and solar thermal installations in urban environments. Includes a discussion of access, rights and zoning districts. To view the ordinance, click here.

Small Wind Energy System Ordinance

Small wind turbine

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.

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…

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

shipswheel

[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…