MARQUETTE - Delta Green, a nonprofit energy services organization based in Marquette, will be conducting energy audits thanks to a state grant.
The company recently received a $20,000 grant through the Michigan Energy Office's Rebuild Michigan program, which will allow Delta Green to conduct audits for public and private non-residential utility customers across the Upper Peninsula.
"We consider ourselves global stewards," said Douglas Russell, executive director of Delta Green. "It is an added benefit, knowing that, if in fact we can help commercial customers use less energy, that means they're going to use less electricity. We'll burn less coal to have to provide the electricity. They'll use less natural gas ... We're looking at this program as an opportunity to prevent tons of pollution from entering the Great Lakes region."
Audits will include an analysis of 12 months of the customer's utility usage, as well as the identification of energy conservation measures and actions that will lead to energy savings.
Delta Green conducted nine energy evaluations in 2012 through MEO programs, auditing more than 1.1 million square feet of usable space from Ironwood to Sault Ste. Marie.
The audits provided organizations such as schools, grocery and convenience stores and medical care facilities with energy conservation information that generated more than $20,000 in annual energy projects.
"We identify the opportunities," Russell said. "We're not in the business of selling anything. We're not here to say, 'By the way, look inside my coat sleeve here.' Most places have contractors they work with, have worked with for years. We try to give them a blueprint and say, 'This is where we are today.'"
In the private sector, only buildings under 30,000 square feet are eligible. There is no space eligibility requirement for public or non-profit organizations.
"The bottom line is that it's all about the economics," Russell said. "The plus side is that it does help the environment."
For more information on the audits, or to apply to receive one, email Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-7461.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.