Energy Efficiency Rebate Presented to City of Grand Rapids | Business
The City of Grand Rapids is saving energy and money for its residents with improvements to its water pumping facility, resulting in a more than $147,100 energy efficiency incentive payment from Consumers Energy.
Mayor George Heartwell and city administrators recently received a $147,172.08 rebate check from Consumers Energy representatives during a presentation at Grand Rapids City Hall.
“The city and its residents have greatly benefitted from these energy efficiency programs,” Heartwell said. “With this most recent project, the city has received more than $430,000 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 nearly 6 million kilowatt hours of electricity. These important programs are saving energy and money for the citizens of Grand Rapids.”
The project highlighted for the Grand Rapids City Commission involves a new variable-speed water pump at the city’s Coldbrook Pumping Station. The new pump allows the city to match the pumping energy to the actual water demand, reducing electricity use.
The most recent improvements are expected to save the city approximately $150,000 annually in electricity costs, the equivalent of powering 200 homes for a year. Overall, the city is saving about $650,000 a year in electricity with the energy efficiency programs it has implemented since 2009.
Presenting the check to Mayor Heartwell was Dan Malone, senior vice president of distribution operations, engineering and transmission for Consumers Energy.
“Helping Michigan save energy is our Promise and we’re pleased the city of Grand Rapids has been an active and long-time participant in the energy efficiency program,” Malone said. “Using less electricity helps customers save money, promotes economic development and allows Consumers Energy to fulfill our Promise to Michigan.”
Consumers Energy has helped Michigan homes and businesses save more than $855 million since 2009.
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.