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The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) has announced that nominations are now being accepted for the third annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards.

Organized by Michigan Saves, the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards honor Michigan organizations and individuals for their commitment to a brighter energy consumption future for Michigan.

“This is an opportunity for someone who is committed to reducing energy waste to get highlighted,” says Mary Templeton, executive director of Michigan Saves and chair of the awards steering committee. “We think it’s really important to acknowledge the work because the high achievers in the state can be examples for other people who are doing good work.”

Nominations may be submitted online through March 31 for projects completed during 2016. There are eight award categories:

Innovator of the Year—Recognizes innovation in Michigan’s energy waste reduction (EWR) industry
Best Communication, Education, or Program—Presented to an individual or entity committed to communicating the benefits of EWR
Contractor of the Year—Presented to an EWR contractor
Best Projects: Residential—Presented to a homeowner
Best Projects: Agriculture—Presented to an agricultural operation
Best Projects: Industrial/Manufacturing—Presented to an industrial/ manufacturing operation
Best Projects: Commercial—Presented to owners or operators of commercial buildings
Best Projects: Public—Presented to a public sector entity

Winners will be announced in late summer.

“Everyone can take steps to reduce their energy waste,” says Templeton. “And it’s really important because the cheapest and most effective energy we can produce is the energy that we never use.”

For a complete list of award rules and nomination criteria, visit: or call Michigan Saves at 517-484-6474.

Greening of the Great Lakes airs every Sunday evening at 7:00 on News/Talk 760 WJR and around the state each weekend via the Michigan Talk Network.

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