JACKSON, Mich. — Consumers Energy’s Business Solutions program awarded $7.3 million in incentives in the fourth quarter of 2012 to help Michigan commercial and industrial customers become more energy efficient.

Statewide, these projects are saving the 1,695 participating customers an estimated $9.5 million in energy costs each year. The annual energy savings are: 71.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and more than 236,500 thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas. That’s enough energy saved to serve nearly 8,700 residential electric customers and about 2,800 residential natural gas customers.

In 2012, Consumers Energy awarded a total of $17.4 million in incentives for energy efficiency measures, to save participating customers about $20.8 million in energy costs each year. The total annual energy savings for customers are 151.4 million kWh and 594,000 Mcf of natural gas, exceeding Consumers Energy’s Business Solutions goal for 2012.

“These incentives are part of our promise to provide long-term value to our customers,” said Fred Alatalo, the utility’s business energy efficiency operations director. “The Business Solutions program helps our business customers reach their goals of becoming more energy efficient and reducing their operating expenses. By working with customers and providing these incentives to help them lower their costs, we’re helping many Michigan businesses strengthen their competitive position.”

Customers can learn more about energy efficiency programs for business, and also for residential customers, plus how to apply for incentives, by visiting www.consumersenergy.com.

Publication date: 4/1/2013