Energy Optimization Programs from Marquette Board of Light and Power

Please visit the Energy Optimization (EO) website at www.michigan– and click on the tab for Marquette Board of Light and Power to see what programs are available to Marquette Board of Light and Power customers.

Any questions regarding the EO Program should be addressed to:

Andrew Kotila, EO Program Manager


office #: 608-729-6807


Sam Simonetta, Field Outreach regarding rebates


office 906-235-8672

What You Should Know About EO

In the fall of 2008, the Michigan Legislature passed the Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act, which requires all utilities in the state to implement Energy Optimization (EO) programs for their customers. The programs are designed to reduce the energy use of participating utilities and reduce the need for additional power plants by encouraging investment in energy efficient measures.

To cover the cost of these state mandated programs, all utility customers in Michigan, including all publicly owned utilities, are charges an energy optimization surcharge that appears on electric and natural gas bills. There are benefits, however.

Just what is energy optimization?

In a nutshell, it means using energy wisely; getting more value for every dollar you spend on energy. It's more than cutting waste by turning the lights off, for example. It's about cutting energy use by using more efficient products, such as the twisty compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) instead of the old-fashioned incandescent bulbs, or a new refrigerator instead of a 15 year old model, or more insulation in your house so you need less fuel to stay warm.

Press Release 7/1/2009

MARQUETTE: State legislation to promote energy conservation will result in a Michigan Energy Optimization Program Surcharge (MEOPS) on Marquette Board of Light and Power customer’s electric bills beginning in August.

As required by Public Act 295 (PA 295) the Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act, the Marquette Board of Light and Power recently approved the MEOPS and Renewable Energy Plan (REP) and conducted public hearings on the plans. The Executive Director of Michigan Green, Douglas Russell, spoke in support of the MBLP’s MEOPS plan during a recent public hearing. The Marquette City Commission also approved the surcharge as it is required to approve all cost increases on electric bills per the City Charter.

For MBLP residential customers, the surcharge will average 55 cents a month. “The law requires utilities to adopt an Energy Optimization Plan to encourage energy conservation and allows utilities to add a surcharge to customer’s bills to pay for the program,” said Board Chair Richard Goodney. “This is not a rate hike. The additional funds collected will be used to provide a variety of incentives to encourage energy conservation such as rebates for the purchase of energy efficient appliances and appliance recycling programs, discount coupons for the purchase of energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, and energy audits for residential and commercial customers.” As the plan is finalized, more details on the types of programs available will be communicated to customers on their electric bills and through press releases and ads in the local media.

The MBLP and other U.P. municipal electric utilities and electric cooperatives are partnering with the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) to design a MEOPS Plan for the group. The PA 295 Michigan Energy Optimization Program Surcharge to be assessed is based on total retail sales and will be .75 percent in 2009, 1 percent in 2010, 1.5 percent in 2011, and 2 percent in 2012-2014.

The Renewable Energy Plan under PA 295 requires electric utilities to provide 10 percent of their electric generation from renewable energy sources by 2015. To meet the requirements, the MBLP currently has hydro electric generation. The MBLP also plans to partner with Renewafuels to burn biomass renewable fuel cubes to generate electricity providing the utility with Renewable Energy Credits to meet the state requirements. The utility also continues to investigate Wind Power technology.

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