Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Michigan City visit

This summer, one of OED's program managers, Megan, headed up to visit the City of Michigan City, one of our grant recipients.  Here's her account of the visit --

It was the first day after the horrible heat-wave that the state experienced this summer and there was hardly any humidity. I’m not sure which was a bigger tease that day: the lake and the beach or the outlet mall. My sense of responsibility prevailed and I sadly did not get to enjoy either! Although I did not get to indulge in bargain shopping or sunbathing, I did enjoy my site visit to Michigan City...

Michigan City is no stranger to receiving grant funding and they continued their success by being awarded funding through the EECBG grant program. Michigan City was awarded a grant to retrofit 13 existing traffic signals into LED traffic signals. So far, Michigan City has seen savings of over $5,000 from the project, and the community has saved 64.5 kWh of electricity.

Michigan City was a beautiful place to drive around before, but now you can do it with the peace of mind that you’re stopping at energy efficient traffic signals!

In a nutshell: Pretty city on the lake and now with efficient traffic lights to preserve this beautiful community!

The City of Michigan City is a recipient of an Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) award, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Indiana Office of Energy Development.  The EECBG program was funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

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