JACKSON, Mich. — Consumers Energy awarded $4.3 million in incentives to fund 888 projects in the third quarter of 2011 to help Michigan commercial and industrial businesses become more energy efficient.

The utility said that, statewide, these projects are saving the 653 participating companies an estimated $2.9 million in energy costs annually. This represents savings of 52.9 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and more than 106,005 thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas annually.

Consumers Energy’s energy efficiency program is called Business Solutions. “Our Business Solutions program continues to be very popular among our commercial and industrial customers,” said Fred Alatalo, the utility’s business energy efficiency operations director.

“Utilizing our incentive program to improve energy efficiency is a great strategy that provides long-term value for our customers. The program supports Michigan’s economic recovery by helping our business customers reach their goals of becoming more energy efficient and reducing their operating expenses,” Alatalo said.

Consumers Energy’s goal for 2011 is for Business Solutions energy savings to reach 134 million kWh and 366,000 Mcf. So far this year, 66.5 million kWh and 205,113 Mcf have been saved.

For more information about the utility’s energy efficiency programs for both businesses and residential customers, how to apply for incentives, and a list of participating contractors, visit www.consumersenergy.com.

Publication date: 11/21/2011