Energy Optimization Programs from Marquette Board of Light and Power

Please visit the Energy Optimization (EO) Website:

Residential Customers

Business Customers 

Farm Customers

2020 EWR Annual Report

Joint Submittal Of EWR 2020 Annual Report

Any questions regarding the EO Program, please call the Call Center  at 877-296-4319.

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.