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Consumers Energy provides $214,000 energy efficiency incentive to City of Grand Rapids

Improvements to the city of Grand Rapids’ wastewater treatment facility have earned the city a $214,434 incentive payment from Consumers Energy.

Dan Malone, the company’s senior vice president of energy resources, presented the $214,434 incentive check to Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and city commissioners on March 29 at Grand Rapids City Hall. The city has received nearly $740,000 in incentive payments since 2009.

“The city of Grand Rapids has been a leader across our great state in saving energy and money for its residents with our energy efficiency programs,” Malone said. “With this project, the city has reduced its annual electrical use by more than 18 million kilowatt hours. That’s enough electricity to power more than 2,300 typical homes for a year.”

“We fulfill our Promise to care for the communities we serve by helping cities like Grand Rapids lower and manage their energy bills,” Malone added. “This project is a perfect example of why we need the state Legislature to pass a Michigan-first energy policy and keep the momentum going on energy savings and energy waste reduction.”

The incentive payment is tied to recent improvements to the wastewater treatment process at the city’s Water Resource Recovery Facility, including installation of energy efficiency aeration blowers.
“The city and its residents have greatly benefitted from these energy efficiency programs,” Bliss said. “The city’s continued focus on sustainability and energy efficiency has resulted in real savings of energy and money for our citizens.”

Consumers Energy has helped Michigan save over $1 billion through energy efficiency since 2009. Learn more about energy efficiency at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/save, including information on nearly 400 rebates available to businesses.

Consumers Energy, the state’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.