Government and Sustainability

GR gets $56,800 rebate from Consumers

Energy-efficiency investments at the wastewater plant pay off.

October 31, 2014
| By Pete Daly |
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An investment in monitoring equipment at the Grand Rapids wastewater treatment plant has reduced its electricity use and also gotten an incentive check for the city of Grand Rapids from Consumers Energy.

Last week Mayor George Heartwell and city administrators received a $56,724 rebate check from Consumers Energy representatives during a presentation at City Hall.

“With this most recent project, the city has received more than $285,000 in energy-efficiency rebates from Consumers Energy since 2009,” Heartwell said.

“The city’s focus on sustainability and energy efficiency has resulted in programs completed or underway saving more than 4 million kilowatt hours of electricity. These important programs are saving energy and money for the citizens of Grand Rapids,” he said.

The project explained to the Grand Rapids City Commission involved a new technology to monitor treated wastewater. The system allows for more efficient operation of treatment equipment, reducing electricity use. The new equipment cost about $123,000, including installation.

The most recent improvements are expected to save the city approximately $60,000 a year in electricity costs. Overall, the city is saving about $500,000 a year in electricity with the energy-efficiency programs it has implemented since 2009.

“Helping Michigan save energy is our promise and we’re pleased the city of Grand Rapids has been an active participant in the energy-efficiency program,” said Teri VanSumeren, Consumers Energy director of energy efficiency solutions. “Using less electricity helps customers save money, promotes economic development and allows Consumers Energy to fulfill our promise to Michigan.”

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