Manufacturing and Sustainability

Utility awards $300K in energy credits

November 27, 2017
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Consumers Energy, founded in 1886, provides electric and natural gas service to 6.7 million Michigan residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Photo via

A group of West Michigan organizations are being rewarded for their efforts to help lower energy costs for homes and businesses.

Consumers Energy said last week its business Demand Response program is rewarding 15 customers with more than $300,000 collectively for reducing their energy use on nine of the year’s hottest days, when the demand for energy was high, and helping to reduce the need to build power plants or purchase expensive power during high-demand periods.

“These employers provide an example of how large businesses can reduce their energy use, lowering their costs, while also providing a sustainable benefit to everyone who uses energy in Michigan,” said Lauren Youngdahl, VP of customer experience, Consumers Energy. “As Michigan’s energy needs continue to grow, we look forward to working with large businesses to manage their energy needs at a few critical times each year.”

The organizations will be rewarded with a bill credit from Consumers:

  • Muskegon County Wastewater Facility: $35,827
  • Grand Rapids Water Resource Recovery Facility: $19,690
  • Gordon Food Service: $9,092
  • The Tech Group in Grand Rapids: $5,677

The other recipients have asked to not be identified or have not yet given approval to Consumers.

Jackson-based Consumers Energy said its business Demand Response program has provided more than $1.3 million in financial rewards to more than 125 large organizations this year.

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