Energy Conservation: Impact on the Bottom Line

Date: January 13, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Smith Hall, 800 Sickles St, St. Johns, MI 48879
Contact: Charles Gould, gouldm@msu.edu, 616-994-4547; Al Go, goaluel@egr.msu.edu, 517-214-6128

Workshop Purposes

The purpose of this workshop is 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.

The workshops are sponsored by MSU Extension, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, and the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association.

Agenda

10:00   Welcome

10:05   What you need to know about an energy audit (MSU Extension)

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 (Commodity group auditor or private auditor)

11:30   Developing an energy management strategy (MSU Extension)

12:00   Lunch

12:30   Funding to implement on-farm energy conservation practices through energy optimization programs (Power company or electric cooperative 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 (MSU Extension)

3:00     Adjourn

Meeting Dates and Locations

Clinton County: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Smith Hall, 800 Sickles St, St. Johns, MI 48879.

Tuscola County: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the DTE Energy North Area Energy Center, 4100 Doerr Road, Cass City, MI 48726. 

Ottawa County: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the Olive Township Hall, 6480 136th Avenue, Holland, MI 49424.

Hillsdale County: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Hillsdale County Extension Office, 20 Care Drive, Suite B, Hillsdale, MI 49242.

Lunch at the Cass City site is sponsored by DTE Energy and lunch at the Holland and Hillsdale sites is sponsored by Consumers Energy. Lunch at the St. Johns site is sponsored by the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association.

Registration Information

There is a $15 registration fee which covers handouts, refreshments, travel expenses and room rental fees. The registration deadline is Thursday, January 7, 2016.

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