West Michigan shines among finalists for Energy Excellence awards


WMU President John Dunn. Photo via mienergyexcellence.org

A number of West Michigan organizations and individuals are finalists in a statewide awards program that celebrates energy innovation.

The Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards honor Michigan organizations and individuals that have made reducing energy waste and implementing energy-efficient practices part of their everyday lives.

Specifically, they recognize “an extraordinary commitment to reducing energy waste through innovative energy solutions.”

The winners will be announced at an invitation-only celebration in mid August.

"Reliable and affordable energy helps fuel Michigan’s economy,” Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said. “Continuing to reduce energy waste is one of the main ways we can keep energy prices affordable in Michigan.”

Best Projects, Commercial

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, L’Anse

Odawa Casino Resort, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Petoskey

Visteon Corporation, Van Buren Township

Best Projects, Public

East Jackson Community Schools, Jackson

Parchment School District, Parchment

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

Best Projects, Residential

Michael Eick, Clinton Township

Matthew Grocoff, Ann Arbor

Peter McWethy, Kalamazoo

Best Projects, Industrial/Manufacturing

Cargill Salt, St. Clair

Graphic Packaging International, Battle Creek

Verso Corporation, Escanaba

Best Projects, Agriculture

GDW Farms, Holland

Miller Family Farm, Carney

Weiss Centennial Farms, Frankenmuth

Contractor of the Year

Bel-Aire Heating and Air Conditioning, Portage

Oscar W. Larson Company, Clarkston

Performance Engineering Group, Livonia

Best Communication or Education Program

City of Holland

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Grand Rapids

Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs, Muskegon

Innovator of the Year

Dennis Schultz, Terra Caloric, Alpena

John Slagter, The Mackinac Technology Company, Grand Rapids

Venntis Technologies, Holland

Honorable mentions

Best Project, Commercial: PK Housing and Management, Okemos

Best Project, Public: Michigan State University, East Lansing

Best Project, Residential: Whitney Jones, Kalamazoo

Best Project, Agriculture: Coveyou Scenic Farm Market, Petoskey

Contractor of the Year: Randazzo Mechanical Heating and Cooling, Macomb

Best Communication or Education Program: Michigan Farm Energy Program, East Lansing

Innovator of the Year: Nextek Power Systems, Detroit

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