2018-05-16 / News

Last year, energy efficiency saved agribusinesses more than $1.7 million


The Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) and Consumers Energy on Thursday announced Michigan farmers and agribusinesses saved more than $1.7 million in 2017, thanks to 43 energy efficiency measures available from Consumers Energy for agricultural users. The Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) and Consumers Energy on Thursday announced Michigan farmers and agribusinesses saved more than $1.7 million in 2017, thanks to 43 energy efficiency measures available from Consumers Energy for agricultural users. LANSING — The Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) and Consumers Energy on Thursday announced Michigan farmers and agribusinesses saved more than $1.7 million in 2017, thanks to 43 energy efficiency measures available from Consumers Energy for agricultural users.

“The agriculture sector uses energy in a unique way given the seasonal nature of our business, and we thank Consumers Energy for working in partnership with our industry to make energy efficiency rebates work, helping businesses reduce their energy use and save money,” said Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association. “Consumers Energy has been proactive when it comes to energy efficiency for agriculture, as demonstrated by their willingness to adjust their programs and expand energy efficiency programs more than four-fold in the past decade.”

“Michigan’s farmers and agribusinesses are a key element of our state’s economy, and Consumers Energy is committed to their success through agriculture-focused energy programs, including energy efficiency rebate opportunities,” said Garrick Rochow, senior vice president of operations for Consumers Energy. “We’re helping businesses across Michigan save money by saving energy — which allows them to reinvest, hire more workers and continue to make a big impact in communities of all sizes.”

Rochow said that since 2009, Consumers has helped homes and businesses save more than $1.5 billion through energy efficiency rebates and programs. The energy provider first offered agricultural energy efficiency programs in 2009 with nine rebate opportunities focused on agriculture. Since then, it has expanded its agriculture offerings to cover 43 energy savings measures.

Recent examples of partnership through energy efficiency programs include grain dryer heat recovery retrofits, spectrum shifting poultry LED lighting and cold storage facility efficiency measures. In 2017, energy efficiency measures saved Consumers’ agribusiness customers more than 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 59 million cubic feet of natural gas.

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