Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office

Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office The Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office is a unique collaboration of nonprofits that offers tools for cities to become more energy efficient and reduce their global warming impact, while transforming the region’s image from “Rust Belt” to “Green Belt.”

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We're super proud to be partnering with Soulerdardarity to bring streetlights back to Highland Park's neighborhoods!
04/25/2016
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We're super proud to be partnering with Soulerdardarity to bring streetlights back to Highland Park's neighborhoods!

When the gutting of Highland Park's lighting grid left residents in the dark four years ago, a grassroots group called Soulardarity sprang up to try to remedy the problem. Now, they're trying to forge an unprecedented partnership with Highland Park to light the entire city with solar power.

We are proud to have been the convening force for cities in this rate case. This ruling sets the stage for rich discussi...
12/17/2015
Don't raise suburbs' cost on LED streetlights, DTE told

We are proud to have been the convening force for cities in this rate case. This ruling sets the stage for rich discussions with DTE Energy about how LED lighting technology can best benefit the environment and our communities!

If you're a southeast Michigan resident with an interest in energy and sustainability, appointed member of a city commis...
11/06/2015
Municipal Energy Commissions Network Regional Convening

If you're a southeast Michigan resident with an interest in energy and sustainability, appointed member of a city commission, municipal staff or elected official, please join us tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 6, at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, for the launch of our newest initiative: The Municipal Energy Commissions Network. See the Eventbrite for the details and the link to RSVP. Hope you can join us!

Great leadership got us where we are, but we can't lose momentum. There's too much left to do in building a clean energy...
09/07/2015
Rick Haglund: Forward thinking helped develop state's renewable energy strategy

Great leadership got us where we are, but we can't lose momentum. There's too much left to do in building a clean energy economy in Michigan. Let's hope the Legislature comes to understand this.

Former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm often is credited with pushing Michigan to become a leader in the development of renewable energy sources. But it was her predecessor and political polar opposite, Republican Gov. John Engler, who planted the seeds that...

08/06/2015

The City of Madison Heights has met it's energy reduction goal reduce the city’s use of nonrenewable energy by 25 percent by 2015. The idea — inspired by the Millennial Mayors Congress — added motion sensors to municipal buildings that turn off the lights when no one is around to reduce the city’s carbon footprint and save money. City Council approved the Energy Protocol, and now the city has now reached its goal. Congrats to Madison Heights!

The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) annual Michigan Renewable Energy Fair is today and tomorrow at the ...
06/26/2015
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The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) annual Michigan Renewable Energy Fair is today and tomorrow at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. Visit glrea.org for more info!

GLREA

Emerging Local Government Leaders is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, July 8. Attend the webinar to learn from Washington...
06/18/2015
Streetlight Modernization: Applied Lean Leads to Big Savings for Washington’s Small Cities

Emerging Local Government Leaders is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, July 8. Attend the webinar to learn from Washington State's experience with LED streetlights!

http://elgl.org/2015/06/17/webuiltthiscity-webinar-led-streetlights/

Streetlight modernization recently hit its stride in Washington State as individual cities recognized the strong business case. Small cities need the 55 percent savings more than anyone, but initial capitalization costs prevent rapid adoption. In 2013, the Washington State Transportation Improvement…

06/13/2015
Increasing Michigan's renewable energy portfolio is a no-risk strategy customers would embrace

We completely agree! Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature have a great opportunity to this year to help us take a big step forward. Let them know the energy bill needs aggressive standards for renewables and support for utilities and consumers to make this important transition.

Two national surveys from the University of Michigan have measured the public's level of concern about the environmental impacts of energy and their willingness to pay for cleaner energy.

06/08/2015
NREL + SolarCity: Maximizing Solar Power on Electrical Grids

See how NREL, the Energy Systems Integration Facility and a Hawaiian utility are building the smart grid of the future.

Learn how NREL is partnering with SolarCity to study how to better integrate rooftop solar onto the grid. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian E...

Phillips' LED's light up the long nights in Sweden. A great example of how we can transform urban lighting!
06/04/2015
Living experiments

Phillips' LED's light up the long nights in Sweden. A great example of how we can transform urban lighting!

Innovation doesn’t begin when you know the answer. It begins when you know people. When you listen to them. Work with them. Are challenged by – and challenge – their perspectives.

Our annual meeting is underway! Communities from across the region are hearing from our fantastic speakers: Valerie Brad...
05/22/2015

Our annual meeting is underway! Communities from across the region are hearing from our fantastic speakers: Valerie Brader, deputy legal counsel and senior policy advisor to Governor Rick Snyder specializing in energy issues, and Saulius Mikalonis, energy & natural resources practice group leader for Plunkett & Cooney.

We invite you to be our guest at the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office’s 3rd Annual Meeting this Friday, May 22....
05/20/2015
Regional Energy Office 2015 Annual Meeting

We invite you to be our guest at the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office’s 3rd Annual Meeting this Friday, May 22. We will be gathering some of the brightest and most engaged minds to talk about the work being done in our region and across the state to move towards a goal of generating 25% of municipal energy from renewable sources by the year 2025.

We'll also share the latest achievements and ongoing work the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office is doing to help metro Detroit become a leader in sustainability. If you like what we’re doing (and we know you will!) we can talk to you about a no-cost Affiliate membership for your community.

The meeting is free—so spend the morning with us!

Join us this Friday, May 22!

Please mark your calendar for the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office’s 2015 Annual Meeting: Friday, May 22nd | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. McNaughton-McKay Electric Company 1357 E. Lincoln Ave, Madison Heights, MI 48071 At our annual meeting we’ll be introducing our focus on renewables work over…

On May 5, the Governor's Recycling Summit will highlight Michigan recycling priorities, share key data and trends about ...
04/08/2015
2015 Annual Conference

On May 5, the Governor's Recycling Summit will highlight Michigan recycling priorities, share key data and trends about current recycling efforts, recognize stakeholders that are making progress, and show how the state of Michigan is applying its muscle to support the initiative.

If you register in the next few days, you can still receive the discounted rate! Learn more here:

2015 Conference Recycling Governor's Recycling Summit

Our friends at EcoWorks have formally launched the search for their next executive director. Know a talented environment...
03/28/2015
Careers | Warm Training Org.

Our friends at EcoWorks have formally launched the search for their next executive director. Know a talented environmental advocate ready to take on the world?

http://ecoworksdetroit.org/careers/

Careers Come work with us! EcoWorks is leading the way in energy efficiency, green building, sustainability, and the transformation of our communities. Take a look at our current openings (to the right) and apply now. Of special note: We are searching for our next Executive Director in Spring 2015.…

"With a boost from geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the country doesn’t need an ounce of coal or petroleum to...
03/27/2015
Costa Rica is now running completely on renewable energy

"With a boost from geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the country doesn’t need an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on."

Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica's hydropower plants alone are nearly generating enough electricity to power the country.

"Perhaps, Michigan can learn from Ohio’s example." And not miss out on millions of dollars in investment!Great commentar...
03/26/2015
Snyder faces challenges in boosting Michigan's energy efficiency, renewable energy

"Perhaps, Michigan can learn from Ohio’s example." And not miss out on millions of dollars in investment!

Great commentary from Saulius Mikalonis highlighting the surprising challenge energy issues face in a state that has broad public support for renewables and a burning need for the economic advantages they bring.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20150325/BLOG103/150329906/snyder-faces-challenges-in-boosting-michigans-energy-efficiency?X-IgnoreUserAgent=1

Gov. Rick Snyder appears hopeful that Michigan can continue to build upon past successes regarding energy efficiency and energy alternatives, but he faces some headwinds, some of which are coming from his own party.

Super excited to see our friend Valerie Brader heading up Michigan's energy strategy! Director Brader was instrumental i...
03/19/2015
Snyder creates agency focused on energy policy

Super excited to see our friend Valerie Brader heading up Michigan's energy strategy! Director Brader was instrumental in creating SEMREO before she joined the administration. As our attorney, she helped us craft this innovative approach to regional service provision. In Lansing, she's been a visionary leader on energy issues -- we couldn't think of a better person to shepherd us into a cleaner energy future!

Gov. Rick Snyder appointed deputy legal counsel Valerie Brader to head the new Michigan Agency for Energy to coordinate the state's energy policy decisions.

Cities continue to question what DTE's rate changes mean for their bottom lines and environmental impacts. If your commu...
03/18/2015
Proposed DTE increase on LED streetlights leaves local cities split

Cities continue to question what DTE's rate changes mean for their bottom lines and environmental impacts. If your community has questions, contact us to learn more or join the MPSC rate case as an Intervenor.

GROSSE POINTES — A DTE Energy proposal that would raise rates for light-emitting diode streetlights has drawn criticism from a number of cities that have converted to the more energy-efficient light, but the response

Here's a great idea: reducing our reliance on coal from 54% to 34% through a smart focus on renewables and efficiency. W...
03/13/2015
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants up to 40 percent clean energy by 2025

Here's a great idea: reducing our reliance on coal from 54% to 34% through a smart focus on renewables and efficiency. We're with you, Governor!

Michigan could get up to 40 percent of its energy from a combination of renewable energy and reducing energy waste, said Gov. Rick Snyder.

As the governor weighs in on energy today, we'll be listening for increased attention to energy efficiency measures and ...
03/13/2015
5 things to watch as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder unveils energy policy

As the governor weighs in on energy today, we'll be listening for increased attention to energy efficiency measures and renewable energy generation. SEMREO communities have already saved more than $50M from these kinds of projects and we've barely touched the potential. Let's ramp it up, Governor!

Gov. Rick Snyder unveils his energy vision on Friday. Here are five things worth watching for.

Street Lighting Consortium Director Rick Bunch weighs in on the DTE rate changes, standing up for Energy Office member c...
02/05/2015
Ann Arbor responds to LED streetlight proposal: 'The rate changes don't make sense'

Street Lighting Consortium Director Rick Bunch weighs in on the DTE rate changes, standing up for Energy Office member communities and all cities that are working hard to save energy and tax dollars:

Ann Arbor officials made it clear Monday night they're opposed to DTE Energy's planned rate increases for energy-saving LED streetlights. The City Council voted unanimously in favor of intervening in the rate case that's before the Michigan Public Service Commission....

Read about the Department of Energy's efforts to upgrade our nation's streetlights—and look for a Regional Energy Office...
01/28/2015
The White House Wants To Upgrade 1.5 Million Light Poles

Read about the Department of Energy's efforts to upgrade our nation's streetlights—and look for a Regional Energy Office shout-out!

WASHINGTON -- The White House is planning to announce Friday an initiative to help convert 1.5 million light posts in the United States to more efficient technologies. The announcement will be made as part of the annual winter meeting of the U.S....

We're proud to be leading the effort to upgrade all metro Detroit streetlights to LED by 2020! Upgrading technology is n...
01/23/2015
Warren mayor concerned about DTE proposed rate changes for streetlights

We're proud to be leading the effort to upgrade all metro Detroit streetlights to LED by 2020! Upgrading technology is not always simple, but we're committed to helping our member communities lead the way on energy efficiency.

He wrote a letter to the Michigan Public Service Commission about his concerns

Our partners at NextEnergy are hosting the Michigan Advanced Lighting Conference in Lansing, Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Lans...
11/18/2014
NextEnergy – November 19, 2014: Michigan Advanced Lighting Conference

Our partners at NextEnergy are hosting the Michigan Advanced Lighting Conference in Lansing, Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Lansing at the Capital. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about cool, new technologies in the advanced lighting field. Visit the website for more details:
http://www.nextenergy.org/malc/

Mark Roush Marketing consultant & principal, Experience Light, LLC & vice president, Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)The Fun (and Crazy) Evolution and Revolution in the Lighting Industry

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22757 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI
48220

General information

By pooling resources at a regional scale, local governments can pursue efficiency improvements and renewable energy initiatives cooperatively, sharing both the costs and the benefits. To achieve this vision, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, WARM Training Center and the Michigan Municipal League established the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office, a coalition of communities and partners that is supported by full-time staff and a team of expert consultants and contractors.

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 17:00
Thursday 07:00 - 17:00
Friday 07:00 - 17:00
Saturday 07:00 - 23:00
Sunday 08:00 - 15:00

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