Focus on Energy Efficiency Results in $118,640 Incentive Rebate
MidMichigan Health received an $118,640 incentive rebate check from Consumers Energy. The award is part of the utility’s Energy Efficiency program, a key component of Michigan’s landmark energy reform law. MidMichigan has been an active participant in the program and has completed more than 20 energy-saving projects, bringing its incentive total to $230,000.
MidMichigan received the recent rebate for installing an energy efficient air conditioning system, variable speed pumps, new boilers, as well as retrofitting various lighting on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. The improvements save MidMichigan 2.3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.
“The systems that Consumers Energy awarded us for were part of the Medical Center’s 280,000- square-foot expansion completed in December 2011. Long before the groundbreaking of the project, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability were part of the plan,” said Mike Erickson, vice president of facilities and construction for MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. “It’s exciting that, while keeping patient safety and comfort in the forefront, we were able to build a facility that balances long term and immediate needs. We continue to reduce the impact environmentally and financially, while we deliver the best care for our patients.”
The incentives are offered under Consumers Energy’s Business Solutions program, made possible by the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act of 2008.
“Consumers Energy has made a promise to the people of Michigan for 125 years to deliver energy when and where people need it,” said Catherine Reynolds, the utility’s vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. “With more than 150 energy efficiency incentives and rebates available from Consumers Energy, improving efficiency in businesses and non-profit organizations like MidMichigan Health is easier than ever. Using less electricity helps customers save money and helps Consumers Energy fulfill our promise to Michigan.”
In addition to energy efficiency programs at the Medical Center in Midland, MidMichigan’s efforts include installing variable speed drives for HVAC systems and retrofitting lighting projects within its facilities.
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Those interested in learning more about the energy efficiency programs and how to apply for project incentives may visit www.consumersenergy.com/mybusiness.
MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan. It covers a 14-county region with medical centers in Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Midland, as well as urgent care centers, home care, nursing homes, physicians, medical offices and other specialty health services. MidMichigan has 6,300 employees, physicians and volunteers. Last year, MidMichigan Health provided $88 million in charity care and other benefits to improve the health of people in our communities. Those interested in learning more about MidMichigan may visit www.midmichigan.org.