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GVSU welcomes $38,800 grant from DTE
GVSU welcomes $38,800 grant from DTE

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) has received a $38,800 incentive payment from DTE Energy for making energy efficiency improvements on its main campus in Allendale and at three satellite campuses in Holland, Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

In a ceremony today at the 2011 Energy Conference and Exhibition DTE Energy's John Lobbia, marketing program manager, presented a $38,800 check to Terry Pahl, GVSU facilities engineer. The incentive payment is an element of DTE Energy's Your Energy Savings initiative, a program designed to help DTE Energy customers improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses. DTE Energy and the Engineering Society of Detroit jointly hosted the 2011 Energy Conference and Exhibition, which was held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

GVSU received the funds for multiple projects completed throughout 2010 that will save energy, including boiler tune-ups, steam traps, and custom HVAC controls projects.

"We are very excited whenever our customers take advantage of the Your Energy Savings program incentives," said Lobbia. "Our goal with this program is to make it easier for customers to take control of their energy use - and the cost. This not only benefits our customers, but the environment and the economy as well."

DTE Energy also presented the Detroit Media Partnership with a $150,000 incentive check for a chiller and heat exchanger replacement project. The incentive paid for 40 percent of the project, which included replacing chillers that were 40 years old.

Your Energy Savings (dteenergy.com/saveenergy) was launched in 2009 to help DTE Energy customers save money by using less energy. The program offers customers a wide array of energy efficiency ideas and incentives. Customers can earn incentives if they make improvements from a list of qualified efficiency upgrades for both gas and electric technologies, including energy-efficient lighting, motors and drives, controls, heating ventilation and air conditioning and more. Customers also can earn incentives for projects that don't fall under that prescriptive program, such as exhaust heat recovery or process improvements. Incentives also are available for new construction and major remodeling projects. 

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