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Highlights from DTE and Consumers Energy’s Recent EWR Plan Settlements

Detroit, MI

Michigan state law requires that utilities periodically file Energy Waste Reduction (EWR) plans outlining allocated resources that advance energy efficiency within their territories. These plans define the programs the utility will run, where the programs will take place, which customers will be targeted as well as the associated budgets and anticipated energy savings. Utilities submit these plans to comply with PA 341 and 342 from 2016, which mandated that the state’s investor-owned gas utilities save .75% and the electric utilities save 1% annually.   The Michigan Public Service Commission recently approved settlement agreements for EWR plans for DTE Electric, DTE Gas and Consumers Energy. As a result of the settlements, there will…

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Energy Code Development, Adoption and Compliance: The Benefits of Regularly Updated Codes

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Building energy codes are a powerful tool for incorporating energy efficiency into buildings. In order to better understand the process and the importance of consistent code adoption, this blog will examine the three phases of the energy code cycle: the development of a new model energy code or standard, adoption of the updated code by states and cities and compliance with the code.[1] What are building energy codes?  Building codes set minimum standards for residential and commercial building construction and help to ensure the health, safety and welfare of building occupants and communities. More specifically, building energy codes set minimum energy efficiency requirements for new construction, additions and certain renovations.…

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The City of Cleveland’s Progress Towards Energy Efficiency and Green Building

Cleveland, OH

MEEA is producing a blog series to highlight Midwest communities using energy efficiency to progress their climate goals. The first city in the series is Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability was established in May 2005, and it has worked to implement projects, policies and outreach around energy efficiency and green buildings since its inception. In 2009, the Office of Sustainability's lead was promoted to Chief, a cabinet-level position reporting directly to the mayor. In 2018, Cleveland updated its Climate Action Plan (CAP) – which was originally released in 2013 – along with an internal Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan (SC-MAP). The community-oriented plan’s Energy Efficiency and Green Building focus…

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