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July 2011

DTE Energy Receives $5.4M Grant Through CEC ‎

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CEC executive director Sean Reed, center, at
the unveiling of DTE's new CNG station

DTE Energy/MichCon (DTE) unveiled a new, four-pump compressed natural gas station in Melvindale, Mich. earlier this month. In 2009, DTE was awarded a $5.4 million grant from Clean Energy Coalition to boost the number of CNG fueling stations in Michigan and to convert 173 Ford Econoline vans to operate on the fuel. The grant was made possible through the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

This alternative fuel provides a more attractive option for heavy vehicle operators, as it produces significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than diesel. Additionally, CNG currently averages about $1.95 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) compared to gasoline prices of $3.70 a gallon.

"As you make it more convenient for people and there are more options for refueling, it makes it a more attractive alternative," said John Austerberry, a spokesman for DTE.

MichCon president and chief operating officer Jerry Norcia said he personally bought and converted a Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson model to run on CNG.

"Especially at $1.94 a gallon [gge], it makes me feel good every time I jump in that truck and drive it," he said. "I've already saved about $1,000 in fuel," he added.

DTE Energy is investing an additional $6.8 million toward buying and converting the new vans and refurbishing more than 10 other fueling stations around Michigan.

Rebuild Ypsilanti: Tracking Down Energy Savings in 2011

Clean Energy Coalition is helping five Ypsilanti nonprofit organizations achieve energy efficiency in their buildings. Through the grant funded initiative, CEC performed complimentary energy evaluations for selected applicants:
  • Corner Health Center
  • Community Driven Credit Union
  • Dawn Farm
  • Glen Oaks Cooperative
  • Harvest Kitchen
This year alone, our energy auditors have examined over 81,000 square feet of building area for potential energy saving opportunities through the Rebuild Ypsilanti program. Combined, 109 possible energy saving measures have been identified. These measures range from simple practices that staff can make to conserve energy to major capital improvements that will have long reaching impacts. After delivering the energy audit report, our expert staff then work with building managers to implement appropriate and feasible energy conservation measures.

Rebuild Ypsilanti is a part of Rebuild Michigan, a network of community partnerships made up of local organizations and businesses that save money by saving energy. These voluntary partnerships, working with the Michigan Energy Office, choose the best ways to improve the energy efficiency of commercial, government, educational and public housing buildings.

To learn more about Rebuild Ypsilanti, or to become a partner, contact CEC Project Manager Nick Helmholdt.

Upcoming Events

Clean Energy Coalition and the Huron River Watershed Council will show easy techniques and affordable tools that could help a typical family of four save up to $300 annually on utility bills. Join us for coffee and bagels at the NEW Center on Tuesday, August 2 from 8:00 to 9:00 am. The Save Water Save Energy workshop is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so please pre-register.

Join Ann Arbor Clean Cities on Thursday, August 11 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for a free lunch-and-learn event to discuss how propane is quickly becoming a great alternative transportation fuel. The meeting will also highlight a different take on alternative transportation – walking – and how the City of Ann Arbor is becoming more pedestrian friendly. The event takes place at the Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Branch; register here.

Learn how Clean Energy Coalition and partners are putting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to work at From D.C. to West Michigan with Green Fleets. Green Fleets is deploying alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles on Michigan's roadways. Join us at the Kalamazoo Central Library on Wednesday, August 24 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to learn about this exciting initiative. Register for the free event here.

The energy efficiency experts at Clean Energy Coalition invite you to Green My House: Energy Savers Edition to learn all about energy-friendly home improvements. Topics will include what to do, how to pay for it and where to get help. This free event takes place on Thursday, August 25 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Ann Arbor District Library's downtown branch. Register here.

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