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Nominations open for 2018 Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards

January 16, 2018

Courtesy Michigan Saves

Nominations are now being accepted for the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards to honor Michigan organizations and individuals for their commitment to responsible energy production and consumption.

The Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding achievements by recognizing people and organizations that have taken firm, meaningful actions to stop energy waste. Last year, energy solutions honored at the awards ranged from installing energy-efficient, state-of-the-art heating, cooling and lighting systems to common-sense, lower-cost steps like caulking windows and adding insulation.

“We agree with Gov. Rick Snyder that energy efficiency doesn’t mean doing less; it means doing as much or more, but using less energy to get it done,” said Mary Templeton, president and CEO of Michigan Saves and chair of the event’s steering committee. “We also agree that energy efficiency is the best example of a no-regrets policy Michigan can have.”

Nominations can be submitted online at through March 31 with winners to be announced at a celebration in the fall.

“The awards are a forum for sharing best practices and inspiring others to follow the winners’ lead, which is why we want to find the best examples of energy-efficiency projects — whether they are the work of students, farmers, public sector employees, nonprofit organizations, small-business owners or major corporations,” Templeton added.

Nominations can be made in the following eight categories:

  • Innovator of the Year – Presented to an individual driving innovation in Michigan’s energy-efficiency industry
  • Best Program – Presented to an organization committed to communicating the benefits of energy efficiency
  • Contractor of the Year – Presented to an energy-efficiency contractor
  • Best Projects: Residential – Presented to a homeowner
  • Best Projects: Agriculture – Presented to an agricultural operation
  • Best Projects: Industrial/Manufacturing – Presented to a manufacturing operation
  • Best Projects: Commercial – Presented to owners or operators of commercial buildings
  • Best Projects: Public – Presented to a public sector entity

Energy-efficient project work must have been completed between January 1 and December 31, 2017. For a complete list of award rules and nomination criteria, visit:

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