Consumers Energy Rebates Help GM Plants Save Money, Energy

Dan Malone, Senior Vice President of Distribution and Customer Operations, makes remarks before presenting $183,000 in energy efficiency rebates to two General Motors plants in Flint. The rebates helped fund efficiency upgrades inside the plants that will save GM $926,000 annually.

Consumers Energy presented $183,000 in energy efficiency rebates on April 22 to two General Motors plants in Flint. The money helped fund recent efficiency upgrades in the plants that will net General Motors about $926,000 in annual energy savings.

Dan Malone, Senior Vice President of Distribution and Customer Operations, presented the checks to GM officials and employees during an Earth Day ceremony at the Flint Assembly Operations plant, where the automaker builds its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.

“Consumers Energy has a long, proud history of working with Michigan’s automakers,” Malone said, as GM employees behind him worked on trucks rolling along the assembly line. “In recent years, our unique and special relationship has entered a new, but equally important chapter. In addition to keeping the power flowing, Consumers Energy now works to help General Motors save energy, both electricity and natural gas.”

The rebates are part of Consumers Energy’s energy efficiency programs created to help customers reduce their electricity use by 5.5 percent and natural gas use by 3.85 percent by 2015. The company is on track to meet both goals and expects customers to save $2.5 billion over the life of the programs.

GM’s Flint Assembly Operations plant and the neighboring Flint Metal Center plant worked with Consumers Energy’s on-site energy engineers on a variety of projects to upgrade to more efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment.

In addition to saving money for GM, the projects will save enough electricity to power nearly 700 homes for a year, and conserve enough natural gas to heat about 540 homes for a winter.

The energy saved is equivalent to more than 8,100 tons of carbon — enough to offset the planting of 12,700 trees.

“That’s a great investment,” Malone said. “Energy efficiency is one of Michigan’s greatest untapped sources of energy savings. That’s good for our state. And what’s good for our state is good for our company.”