Delta Green’s RTA grant program with the state energy office has provided us with the opportunity to promote our services and expertise across the Upper Peninsula (Region 1). Two eastern U.P. school districts were excited to have us conduct energy audits on their buildings in spring 2012. In doing so we developed a relationship with their electric utility provider, Cloverland Electric Cooperative. As we discussed our capacities and Cloverland’s needs, we discovered common ground on some energy services.
Thus, in October 2012 Delta Green entered into an agreement with Cloverland Electric (which serves the eastern 1/3 of the Upper Peninsula) to provide Level 2 Energy Audits for commercial members interested in pursuing energy projects to lower their energy costs and increase their energy efficiency. A Level 2 energy audit includes 1) an analysis of twelve months of utility bills, 2) a list of energy conservation measures that can be implemented, and 3) an investment to savings calculation that quantifies the energy savings possible for each measure. The program will be available through June 30, 2013, for up to five Cloverland-served businesses. Eligible facilities must be less than 50,000 square feet in size.
Delta Green, Cloverland, and Cloverland’s Energy Optimization contractor, WECC, collaborated on a pilot program to provide these energy audits at a reduced rate. This rate, coupled with Cloverland’s newly created Energy Optimization audit rebate, now provides commercial customers with a great incentive to pursue an energy efficiency project for their business or organization.
Delta Green’s goal is the same as Cloverland Electric’s goal: to help Cloverland Electric members lower their energy costs by increasing their energy efficiency. We want to help members get energy projects done. We will do all we can to ensure our energy audits will help members make smart choices about energy upgrades.