TCL&P Exceeds Goal by 62%
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For Immediate Release                                                                      

July 12, 2013

Contact: Jessica Wheaton, Marketing & Community Relations Coordinator

              Traverse City Light & Power

               Office Phone: (231) 932-4574 or E-mail: 

TCL&P Exceeds 2012 Energy Optimization Goal by 62% 

(Traverse City, Michigan) —Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) has exceeded its state mandated 2012 Energy Optimization goal by 62%, saving over 4.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity. The energy saved in 2012 is equivalent to powering approximately 628 Traverse City area homes for an entire year.

            The 2012 results were achieved through a variety of incentives offered to TCL&P customers. Residential customers received an incentive for recycling inefficient refrigerators and freezers, purchasing ENERGY STAR® products such as a refrigerator or personal computer, and upgrading to a high efficiency electric clothes dryer with moisture sensor. 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 who received an incentive for installing more efficient equipment such as lighting, motors, air systems, refrigeration, and building management systems. New in 2012 was a program benefiting small business customers. Small businesses were able to take advantage of a direct install program where a team would come to their business and install energy saving measures such as CFL bulbs, pre-rinse valves, LED exits signs and more.

            Many of the same incentives are being offered to customers in 2013 with the addition of some new incentives, which include a $75 rebate for purchasing a SUN share in the SUN Alliance’s Community Solar Project. For additional information on TCL&P’s Energy Optimization program, see the website at and click on the ‘Energy Smart’ button at the bottom of the homepage.

            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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