Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
Energy Efficiency Program Delivery
As Michigan’s largest utility, Consumers Energy provides natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties, as well as a wide variety of residential and business energy efficiency programs underpinned by ENERGY STAR® resources. Consumers Energy is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its success in expanding delivery of Building Performance with ENERGY STAR, promotion of certified products, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES), and certified new homes. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Supporting the construction of nearly 620 ENERGY STAR certified homes—an increase of more than 20 percent over 2014, and more than 50 percent over 2013.
- Enrolling more than 20 builders in the Residential New Construction program, amplifying participation by 50 percent compared to 2014.
- Celebrating the fifth year of its HPwES offering, with cumulative achievements including nearly $14 million awarded in rebates through more than 130 participating contractors to improve the energy performance of more than 7,800 homes.
- Increasing support of ENERGY STAR certified light-emitting diode (LED) lighting through retail sales channels across Consumers Energy’s service territory, leading to a 125-percent growth in sales between 2014 and 2015.
- Collaborating with EPA, the Boys & Girls Clubs in Michigan, and Michigan Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) to sponsor a community service event featuring ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency.
- Helping nearly 290 commercial customers to benchmark energy performance by integrating the use of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool into program offerings such as Building Performance with ENERGY STAR, the Municipal Facilities Pilot Program, Smart Buildings, and the Houses of Worship Initiative.
- Expanding the number of commercial building types eligible to participate in the Building Performance with ENERGY STAR program offering, leading to nearly 20-percent growth in participation over 2014, and expected savings of more than 750,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity and nearly 13,500 million cubic feet (MCF) of gas.