Montcalm County receives Consumers Energy rebate

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:09 am on Thursday, May 03, 2012

STANTON — The Montcalm County Administrative Building is now equipped with new steam traps, new LED fixtures and an improved boiler — and the county was reimbursed for the effort.

County officials began replacing steam traps in November 2010 as part of a maintenance effort at the former courthouse building located at 211 W. Main St. in downtown Stanton.

“We had traps that were leaking and causing the system not to operate as efficiently as it could,” said Jeni Williams, administrative assistant to Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer.

County officials were approached by Beth Carney of Consumers Energy last autumn. Carney told them about an incentive program offered by Consumers Energy.

Montcalm County officials replaced a total of 71 steam traps in the Administration Building at a cost of $3,789.73. Consumers Energy reimbursed all but $4.64 of that amount. The building’s boiler was tuned up, resulting in an incentive rebate of $350 from Consumers Energy.

On April 10, Williams also submitted a reimbursement request for a $45 incentive for exterior high-intensity discharge conversion after the county replaced two high energy light fixtures in the parking lot with LED fixtures. One light was a 1,000-watt bulb while the other used a 175-watt bulb. They were replaced with a 52-watt lightt and a 26-watt light.

“Only one of the fixtures qualified for this particular incentive, however, we feel that the savings in energy consumption was worth replacing both outdated fixtures,” Williams said.

Williams said county officials are currently reviewing other parts of the Consumers Energy program to see if they can earn additional rebates for other equipment.

Consumers Energy officials could not be reached for comment.

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