The Importance of Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a vital component of Michigan’s energy future, helping improve reliability, control consumer costs, and reduce the overall strain on our electric grid.

The Importance of Energy Efficiency

A more energy-efficient Michigan is a stronger Michigan. Efforts to reduce energy waste and increase efficiency are underway at every level of our energy system, from how we produce energy to how we deliver it and how we each use it.

Energy Efficiency at all Levels

  • At home…
    • Home energy audits, smart meters, incentives, and tips are just a few ways local providers help Michiganders improve their personal energy efficiency, which can lead to lower monthly electric bills.
  • At work…
    • Local energy providers offer several programs to help Michigan businesses of all sizes reduce costs and improve reliability by increasing their energy efficiency.
  • In our communities…
    • Local energy providers work with Michigan schools, hospitals, and other community organizations to implement cost-saving energy efficiency programs, allowing more resources to be invested in their core missions instead.
  • Across our electric grid…
    • Local energy providers are constantly working to reduce energy waste from the point at which energy is generated to the point a consumer uses it. When the entire grid is more efficient, it’s also more reliable and energy becomes more affordable for everyone.


Getting Energy Smart for Earth Day

Earth Day is just around the corner, marking its 49th year. The annual event got its start in the U.S. in 1970 and is now celebrated in more than 190 countries!


Powering—and Planning for—Michigan’s Clean Energy Future

Michigan is in the midst of a total energy transformation. Our 2016 energy law—passed with overwhelming bipartisan support—established a solid framework for policymakers, regulators, and local energy companies to better plan for and meet the energy needs of all Michiganders.


The Point of PURPA

Remind me—Is PURPA short for Purple? Nope—PURPA is the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. In our last post, we discussed why PURPA was created and how Michigan relies on this outdated policy today.