Regional Energy Network

Northwest Michigan Council of Governments partners with SEEDS and Northwestern Michigan College

The Michigan Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant supports energy efficiency activities within the four counties of Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska and Wexford. This grant program provides similar services as the MPSC program. Participants, which include a competitively selected group of villages and townships from within the four counties, receive energy inventorying and auditing services and action planning support.

SEEDS partnered with the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments on an energy efficiency program for units oflocal government in a 10-couty region. Participants, which included 20 unicipalities, recived energy inentoryng, auditing services, and action planning support. Through this program ha been complete, we were able to provide each government with up to $40,000 in implementation funds and a 5-year Energy Action Plan with step-by-step instructions for saving the region a projected more than $500,000 annually!

The Regional Energy Network of Northwest Michigan is a partnership of local governments, non-profit organizations, and professional service providers in northwest lower Michigan. Through a combination of grant sources, the Regional Energy Network provides local governments and other institutions with a centralized resource for issues and projects pertaining to energy.

The Regional Energy Network is also able to provide specific services to units of local government within the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments' 10-county service area of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford.

These services help to achieve the Regional Energy Network's main objectives:

  • Reduce energy use through energy efficiency and conservation to create immediate energy cost savings, to relieve fiscal burdens long-term, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Create opportunities for Michigan-based companies and jobs through purchase of energy efficient products and services
  • Leverage public and private resources to create energy-related economic opportunities.

Renewable energy site assessments are helping four Northern Michigan counties decide if they want to pursue renewable energy options. Watch the video below to learn more about the assessments and what kind of information they're providing to the counties.

Energy auditors are going through county owned buildings in northern Michigan looking for ways counties can cut their energy use. The audits are funded by a Michigan Public Service Commission grant and which was awarded to the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. Watch the video below to find out more about the energy audits.