SEMREO unites cities around sustainable energy outcomes by:

  • Empowering local governments to make informed energy decisions,
  • Facilitating energy efficient practices through collaborations and partnerships,
  • Fostering innovation in sustainability,
  • Engaging, supporting and advocating for forward-thinking energy policies and practices,
  • Providing expertise and resources for implementing energy efficient programs and green information.

“Other metro regions are now scrambling to try to set up the kind of collaborative effort that we’ve been developing for years. Michigan can lead this innovation.”
– Jacob Stevens Corvidae, WARM Training Center


SEMREO envisions that by 2050 Southeast Michigan is a model for the rest of the State and regions throughout the country in:

  • Cities collaborating to lead their communities,
  • Economic, environmental, and social sustainability,
  • Promoting pride of place,
  • Attracting and retaining residents and businesses,
  • Sustainable energy practices and policies.

Critical Success Indicators for the Regional Energy Office

  • A 5-10% reduction in per capita energy use by 2015 compared to 2008
  • Reducing the number of miles (and hours) we spend traveling in cars
  • Meeting the State of Michigan’s renewable portfolio standard of 10% by 2015
  • Realizing and quantifying cost savings through efficiency and aggregation
  • Membership of 35% of region’s population by year five

Values and Guiding Principles

  • Interdependence: Recognizing that a diversity of constituents share a common stake in the future of our region and the importance of each community’s participation in shaping that shared future.
  • Collaboration: Giving our cities the ability to collectively create change and recognizing that together we’re more effective. Cities can, through combined effort, more effectively create change.
  • Accessibility: Fair and just access to energy resources.
  • Accountability: Through the local governments we serve, we are accountable to the citizenry of southeast Michigan. We operate in an open and transparent manner.
  • Integrity: Leading by example.
  • Sustainability: Triple bottom line: Economy, environment and society.

Key Strategies

  • Technical assistance
  • Expanded intergovernmental cooperation
  • Energy conservation project implementation
  • Education and training
  • Grant administraton and writing
  • Policy development and advocacy
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