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Michigan Public Power Agency

www.mpower.org

The Michigan Public Power Agency is a non-profit, customer owned, joint action power supply agency established in 1978 under Michigan Public Act 448. The Agency provides economic benefits to its 16 municipal members and is involved in joint ownership of electrical generating plants and transmission facilities, as well as the pooling of utility resources.

Michigan Public Service Commission

www.michigan.gov/mpsc

Assuring safe and reliable energy, telecommunications, and transportation services at reasonable prices are the goals of The Michigan Public Service Commission. Through achievement of these goals, Michigan’s economy will grow and the quality of life of its communities will be enhanced.

Michigan Municipal Electric Association (MMEA)

www.mmeanet.org

The Michigan Municipal Electric Association (MMEA) is Michigan’s trade group for municipally owned electric utilities. The communities in Michigan that own and operate a municipal utility provide approximately 8% of the state’s total electricity requirements. Many of these municipal utilities are more than 100 years old.

Consortium for Energy Efficiency

www.cee1.org

CEE is a consortium of efficiency program administrators from across the U.S. and Canada who work together on common approaches to advancing efficiency. Through joining forces, the individual efficiency programs of CEE are able to partner not only with each other, but with other industries, trade associations, and government agencies. By working together at CEE, administrators leverage the effect of their funding dollars, exchange information on effective practices and, by doing so, achieve greater energy efficiency for the public good.

CEE Commercial Lighting page

www.cee1.org/com/com-lt/com-lt-main.php3

This is the most commonly used section of the CEE1 website for the Energy Smart program. Contractors will find this information especially helpful to ensure lighting projects meet all program criteria.

ENERGY STAR®

www.energystar.gov

The ENERGY STAR® program, co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy, is designed to help individuals and businesses save energy and money through energy efficient products and practices.

Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html

Did you ever wonder what reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 1 million metric tons means in everyday terms? The greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator can help you understand just that, translating abstract measurements into concrete terms you can understand, such as "equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of 183,000 cars annually."

This calculator may be useful in communicating your greenhouse gas reduction strategy, reduction targets, or other initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Federal Tax Information

www.lightingtaxdeduction.org/tax_deduction.html

This site provides information about lighting and other business energy tax credits available from the Federal government, including the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD), which is a special financial incentive created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.