Energy Conservation: Impact on the Bottom Line

Date: January 13, 2015
Time: 10 - 3 p.m.
Location: 4100 Doerr Road, Cass City, MI 48726
Contact: gouldm@msu.edu, 616-994-4547

Workshop Purposes

The purposes of this workshop are to help farmers learn how to use an energy audit to develop an energy management strategy that:

1. Reduces overall farm energy expenses.

2. Effectively leverages utility company rebates and Federal grants and low interest loans to implement energy conservation practices recommended by an audit.

3. Facilitates applying for renewable energy project funding.

There is an unprecedented amount of money available to farmers who want to implement energy conservation practices on their farms.

Workshops are sponsored by MSU Extension, Consumers Energy, and DTE Energy.

Agenda
 
10:00     Welcome

10:05     What you need to know about an energy audit (Charles Gould, MSUE)

10:35     Farmer perspective on participating in an energy audit (panel discussion)

11:15     Auditor perspective on working with farmers to complete an energy audit

11:30     Developing an energy management strategy (Al Go, MSUE)

12:00     Lunch

12:30     Funding to implement on-farm energy conservation practices through utility companies (Power company representative)

1:15        Funding to implement on-farm energy conservation practices through USDA REAP (USDA-RD)

2:15        Funding to implement on-farm energy conservation practices through USDA NRCS (USDA-NRCS)            

2:45        Next steps (Al Go)

3:00        Adjourn
 
Meeting Dates and Locations

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the DTE Energy North Area Energy Center, 4100 Doerr Road, Cass City, MI 48726

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Smith Hall, 800 Sickles St, St. Johns, MI 48879

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Olive Township Hall, 6480 136th Ave., Holland, MI 49424

Lunch at the Cass City meeting site is sponsored by DTE Energy and lunch at the St. Johns and Holland sites is sponsored by Consumers Energy.

Registration Information

There is a $10 registration fee which covers handouts, refreshments, travel expenses and room rental fees. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Register