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Consumers Energy cuts GVSU $116,000 check for efficiency upgrades
Date: December 3, 2012
on November 30, 2012 at 5:08 PM, updated November 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM
The rebate, paid by Consumers Energy as part of the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act of 2008, was presented to GVSU on Friday, Nov. 30, after the university installed the units, which use less energy than its previous cooling units.
The 2008 law requires that 10 percent of Michigan’s energy come from renewable sources by 2015.
Terry Pahl, a facilities engineer at the university, said an additional fee levied by Consumers as part of the energy law has motivated the university to look for efficiency projects. When efficiency upgrades are made, rebates are awarded.
“The one thing it does is make us look for projects a little harder because we want to get the money back we pay in fees,” he said.
The university spent about $1.5 million on the purchase and installation of the cooling units, which were installed late last month, Pahl said.
He wasn’t immediately able to say by how much the units will lower the university’s utility bill. But over the past decade or so, energy efficiency projects have saved the university $1.7 million, Pahl said.
“We’re paying money up front,” he said, referring to the fee. “If we do an energy project, we get a portion of it back.”