Grand Rapids receives big check for electric savings

Grand Rapids city officials accept a check from Consumers Energy for reduced energy use. (Feb. 24, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Pay back for some of the projects aimed at making Grand Rapids City operations more efficient continue.

During Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole session, Consumers Energy gave the city a check for over $147,000.

Improvements to the city’s water pumping facility have resulted in reduced energy use.

“The city and it’s residents have greatly benefited from these energy efficiency programs,” said Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell in a statement released by Consumers Energy.

The city has received over $430,000 in rebates, the result of nearly $6 million kilowatt hours of power saved, since 2009.

“Using less electricity helps customers save money, promotes economic development and allows Consumers to Energy to to fulfill our promise to Michigan,” Dan Malone, Senior Vice President of Distribution Operations for Consumers, said in the statement.

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