Energy Optimization Programs from Marquette Board of Light and Power

Please visit the Energy Optimization (EO) website at www.michigan–energy.org 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

email: andrewk@weccusa.org

office #: 608-729-6807

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Sam Simonetta, Field Outreach regarding rebates

email:  SSimonetta@weccusa.org

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.


2017 Annual Customer Summary

ENERGY WASTE REDUCTION (EWR) REPORT SUMMARY - MPSC CASE NUMBER U-18303

Marquette Board of Light & Power contracted with the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) to administer the Energy Optimization (EO) / EWR efforts in order to comply with 2008 PA-295, as amended by 2016 PA-342.  The Michigan Municipal Electric Association (MMEA) filed a 4 year Energy Optimization plan with the MPSC on July 28, 2015 as required by PA 295.  This EO Plan was approved by the MPSC on December 8, 2015 and we began implementing our 2016 – 2019 EO Plan on January 1, 2016.  The Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) was selected to implement the Residential, Commercial Industrial Programs, and the Energy Optimization (EO) website www.michigan-energy.org.  WECC has subcontracted with Michigan Energy Options, Water and Energy Solutions, and Appleseed Energy to assist with the implementation of these EO Programs.

 

In 2017, Marquette Board of Light & Power spent $614,189 on EWR Programs and achieved 3,025 MWh of energy savings.

 

MMEA filed a joint 2017 EWR Annual Report for the Marquette Board of Light & Power with the MPSC on May 31, 2018.

 

2017 EWR Annual Report can be obtained at the municipal office or at the following website link: 

https://mi-psc.force.com/s/glo...

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY REPORT ANNUAL SUMMARY - MPSC CASE NUMBER U-16621

Marquette Board of Light & Power has taken the following actions to comply with the REP standards: 

Filed a 20-year Renewable Energy Plan (REP) with the MPSC on March 31, 2009 as required by PA 295. The REP was found to be in compliance on July 1, 2009.

Marquette Board of Light & Power filed a Biennial Review of REP on November 30, 2017 and was found to be in compliance by MPSC on April 12, 2018.

Marquette Board of Light & Power acquired from renewable energy systems during the reporting period 19,949 MWh of renewable energy. Marquette Board of Light & Power acquired 19,949 Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and 1,844 incentive-Renewable Energy Credits (iRECs) for the 2017 reporting period.

The table below shows the Incremental Cost of Compliance with state law 2008 PA-295, as amended by 2016 PA-342 for 2017 and the anticipated Cost of Compliance with 2016 PA-342 for 2018.

 

Renewable Energy Source

2017 Incremental Cost of Compliance

2018 Anticipated Cost of Compliance

Purchases & Hydro-Electric Resources

$0.00

$0.00

 

Marquette Board of Light & City filed the 2017 Renewable Energy Annual Report with the MPSC on June 29, 2018.

 

2017 Annual Renewable Energy Report can be obtained at the municipal office or at the following website link:

https://mi-psc.force.com/s/glo...

 


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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