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BWL Offers Grants for Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Upgrades

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2/28/2018 1:35:00 PM

The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) Hometown Energy Savers® program has grants of up to $5,000 available for energy efficiency improvements at facilities owned or leased by qualifying nonprofit organizations that are located in the BWL’s electric service territory. Priority is given to organizations that provide services for clients with limited incomes.

Participating organizations can make capital improvements, reduce electricity operating costs and save on utility bills, allowing them to allocate more of their budget to the community services they provide. Available grants may only be used for projects that improve the electric energy efficiency of the organization’s facility. Examples of improvements include high efficiency lighting, controls, heating and cooling equipment and some appliances.

“We’re committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to all of our customers,” said BWL General Manager Dick Peffley. “Part of that commitment is to grow our energy efficiency program beyond the State of Michigan’s mandated 1 percent annual savings and to continue the program even after the state’s requirement sunsets in 2021. We’re not aware of any other Michigan utility to formally adopt and commit to a plan to exceed Michigan’s energy efficiency requirement.”

Applications will be considered on a first-come basis. The 2018 program will end on November 30, 2018 or until available funds are spent, whichever occurs first.

The BWL is committed to provide customers 30 percent clean energy by the end of 2020 and 40 percent clean energy by 2030. The result is a projected 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by the end of 2025 when the BWL retires its last coal-fired power plant.

For detailed information and an application, visit the Hometown Energy Savers Business Energy Solutions page at http://www.lbwl.com/energysavers