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Cities of Promise

In 2010, Clean Energy Coalition received a $4.4 million grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission to establish a clean energy program in the state’s eight Cities of Promise. Those cities—Benton Harbor, Detroit, Flint, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Muskegon Heights, Pontiac, and Saginaw—were identified as once vibrant urban centers in need of critical redevelopment.

Through this grant, Clean Energy Coalition assisted these cities with revitalization efforts that focused specifically on clean energy project, provided each city with a capital infusion of $463,000 to complete energy efficiency and renewable energy installations in municipal facilities, as well as technical assistance, including:

  • Analysis of current electricity, natural gas and water use in municipal facilities
  • Energy audits to identify and prioritize energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities, and return on investment scenarios
  • Assistance developing RFPs and selecting vendors to complete energy efficiency and renewable energy installations
  • Program outreach and education to city employees and community members
  • Assistance in establishing an ongoing municipal clean energy program funded by energy savings, rebates, incentives, and credits
  • Program monitoring and evaluation

To maximize financial benefits, we created revolving energy funds in each city for investment in future clean energy projects and, potentially, to cover costs for a municipal-based energy manager.