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Prison site locks in $34.6M energy services contract

October 23, 2014
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A prison site in the region is about to undergo significant energy improvements, with guaranteed savings, thanks to a $34.6-million contract the state has signed with an energy services provider with a mid-Michigan presence.

Ionia complex

Energy Systems Group, or ESG, in Newburgh, Ind., a subsidiary of Vectren Corporation, has signed the contract with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, to provide professional design and construction consultant services to the Michigan Department of Corrections Ionia Complex.

ESG, which operates a Lansing office, will implement energy efficiency and facility upgrades with guaranteed energy savings, based on detailed technical energy audits of four MDOC facilities and one central power plant within the Ionia Complex, including the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility, Ionia Correctional Facility, Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility, Michigan Reformatory, and the Southern Region, or Ionia Hub, Central Power Plant.

"This is a great project that will further advance energy efficiency, building modernization, and sustainability in the State of Michigan," said Greg Collins, ESG President.

Experience with the state

This contract marks ESG's second project for the Michigan Department of Corrections.

In 2012, ESG completed a $12.9-million project that included energy infrastructure improvements, lighting retrofits, heating and cooling system upgrades and water-conservation measures at the Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson.


The company, founded in 1994, helps clients modernize buildings and energy infrastructures in various industries: government, education, health care and commercial sectors.

ESG also designs, builds and operates landfill gas facilities and cogeneration plants and sells a range of waste to energy, solar, wind and geothermal technology offerings. 

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