U-M survey: More than half of Michigan’s local governments have developed energy plans

"It’s encouraging to see that more than a third of jurisdictions have performed an energy audit on at least one of their facilities,” said Robert Jackson of EGLE’s Materials Management Division. "Energy audits are important first steps to recognizing where you can make improvements to realize bottom-line savings on your energy bills.”

A majority (52%) say they rarely or never engage with their residents on energy issues.

About four in 10 Michigan local governments statewide have had energy audits conducted for at least one type of government facility. Among jurisdictions that have not had audits conducted on any facilities, more than half say such audits are not a priority. About one in five say they do not have sufficient funding to conduct one.

Sarah Mills, senior project manager of the U-M Graham Sustainability Institute and CLOSUP, says survey results are already being put to use.

"EGLE and U-M are launching a webinar series to allow local governments to share their experiences in undertaking clean energy projects and learn about funding and other resources to help make those projects possible,” she said.

A link to the first of the webinars, held Oct. 7, can be found at: Clean Energy and Community Energy Management Webinar Series.

Launched in the wake of the Great Recession in 2009 by CLOSUP, the MPPS is conducted with the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Townships Association.

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