TCL&P Exceeds 2011 Energy Optimization Goals by 56%
[Last Updated: 8/22/2012 9:03:12 AM]

For Immediate Release                                                                      

August 22, 2012


Contact:  Jim Cooper, Manager of Communications and Energy Services

                Traverse City Light & Power

                Office Phone: (231) 932-4560 or E-mail:


TCL&P Exceeds 2011 Energy Optimization Goals by 56%


(Traverse City, Michigan) —Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) has exceeded its state mandated 2011 Energy Optimization goals by 56%, saving over 2.5 million kilowatt hours (kWhrs) of electricity. TCL&P exceeded the residential energy efficiency goal by 332,602 kWhrs or 81% and exceeded the commercial and industrial energy efficiency goal by 613,824 kWhrs or 77%. The energy saved in 2011 is equivalent to powering approximately 402 Traverse City area homes for an entire year.

            The 2011 results were achieved through a variety of incentives offered to TCL&P customers. Residential customers received an incentive for recycling old, inefficient refrigerators, upgrading a furnace to an energy efficient model, upgrading a central air conditioning unit to one with a 16 seasonal energy efficient rating (SEER) and for purchasing an ENERGY STAR® qualified dehumidifier or room air conditioner. TCL&P also offered free compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and money saving coupons for light emitting diode (LED) holiday lights.

            Also benefitting were commercial and industrial customers, which received an incentive for installing more efficient lighting, motors, air systems, refrigeration, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and building management systems.

            Many of the same incentives are being offered to customers in 2012 with the addition of some new incentives, which include a rebate for purchasing a qualified ENERGY STAR® high efficiency heat pump water heater, upgrading to an electric water heater, upgrading to a high efficiency electric clothes dryer with moisture sensor, and for purchasing a qualified ENERGY STAR® refrigerator or personal computer. For a complete list of incentives and to learn more about the TC Light & Power Energy Smart Program, see the website at

            The Energy Optimization goals were established by Public Act 295, enacted in 2008 by the State of Michigan as the Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act with the oversight of the Michigan Public Service Commission.

            Traverse City Light & Power ( is a community-owned, community focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at low rates in the region to over 11,500 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships. 

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