Michigan Clean Energy Report: A Profile of Clean Energy Efforts in Seven Michigan Communities

This report was prepared by Michigan Saves, a multimillion‐​dollar organization managed by Public Sector Consultants that provides financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements.

Communities that address clean energy issues have much to gain. Not only do those communities reduce
energy waste; they also save money, create opportunities for local economic development, increase energy security, and create a cleaner, more livable environment. In order to develop thorough, responsible, and achievable actions to address energy issues, communities and the organizations that serve them
need to have accurate, consistent baseline information. Community goals, strategies, and actions will be
most effective if they are informed by, and built on, current data and community‐​specific context. This ensures that organizations’ and communities’ actions address true gaps and needs, can serve as a baseline for measuring future progress, and are achievable.

The following community analysis provides a picture of how communities of various sizes, geographies,
levels of capacity and economic position are moving forward on clean energy efforts, and highlights key
factors of success and challenges. The goal is that a similar analysis could be used by other communities
to create a baseline from which to measure progress from investments in future clean energy initiatives at
the community level. Case studies are presented so that others can learn about some of the opportunities
and tools that can be used for advancing the use of clean energy in their own communities.

Funding for the Clean Energy Report was provided to Michigan Saves by the C.S. Mott Foundation.

A copy of the full report is available below.

Michigan Clean Energy Report: Statewide Profile of Energy Use of Four Clean Energy Technologies

This report was prepared by Michigan Saves, a multimillion‐​dollar organization managed by Public Sector Consultants that provides financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements.

Over the past century, advances in technology have propelled innovations that have made energy an inextricable component of modern life. Energy powers our cars, charges our computers, lights our homes and insulates us from extreme temperatures. Americans — on average — consume more energy than any other nationality (U.S. EIA April 25, 2014). To meet this large (and growing) energy demand, providers have traditionally relied predominately on finite, carbon based resources, including coal, natural gas, and petroleum products. Not only are these resource stocks limited, but there is growing awareness of the external consequences of consuming these fuels. The recognition that energy consumption is impacting the environment has led to a substantial push to develop new technologies that decrease dependence on carbon based fuels by finding alternative energy resources and investing in technologies that curb consumption patterns.

Funding for the Clean Energy Report was provided to Michigan Saves by the C.S. Mott Foundation.

A copy of the full report is available below.

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