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1 City of Grand Rapids Approach to Renewable Energy (100% Goal By 2020) Haris Alibasic City of Grand Rapids Office of Energy and Sustainability October 15, 2009

2 Background on City of Grand Rapids 100% Renewable Energy goal by 2020 Current projects and plans Other programs Energy efficiency and conservation Sustainability Overview

3 City of Grand Rapids Second largest City in Michigan Population: 197,800 (2000 Census) City Government: 1,600 employees Budget cuts Commission-Manager form of government adopted in 1916 Sustainble Grand Rapids and Triple Bottom Line Social Equity Economy Environment

4 Energy Sustainable cities conserve, capture, and reuse all forms of energy and utilize renewable sources to produce it whenever possible. City s Energy Consumption City of Grand Rapids consumes on average 110 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of electricity annually Reduced consumption Reviewing carbon footprint annually. Electricity Natural Gas Fuel

5 Green House Gas Emission Inventory Renewable Energy In January 2005, the City established the goal of purchasing 20% of the City s municipal electric power needs from renewable energy sources by the end of New Target: Utilize 100% renewable energy from Michigan sources by 2020 and replace fleet vehicles with alternative fueled vehicles by 2015.

6 Meeting the 20% Renewable Energy Goal The 20% renewable energy goal was met in 2007, a year ahead of schedule. Partnership with Consumers Energy Michigan Public Services Commission special rate approval

7 Achieving our Goal Renewable Energy Team Renewable Energy Business Plan Reviewing all options City Commissioners and community support Working with local partners: Universities Customer communities Businesses Consumers Energy Financing Renewable Energy Grand Rapids enrollment in Green Generation was cost neutral for the city Savings achieved through energy efficiency

8 Green House Gas Emission Reduction The City became CE s largest Green Generation Program participant statewide Reduce Grand Rapids carbon footprint by 10,200 tons per year of CO2 (carbon dioxide) 100 tons per year of SO2 (sulpher dioxide) 10 tons per year of NOx (nitrogen oxide.) 100% By 2020 January, 2008 Renewable energy goal: 100% by December 31, 2020

9 Office of Energy and Sustainability In June, 2009, the City created a new Office of Energy and Sustainability to focus more on energy efficiency, renewable energy, applied sustainability, and conservation projects. Focal point for future application and work in community applied sustainability that produces measurable triple bottom line outcomes. Future Projects Large Scale Wind Turbines and Solar Panels Wind and others studies Zoning approvals Financing Submitted a CRED grant request for large scale wind turbines and solar panels. Working together with local partners Rockford-Berge and MAREC

10 Other Renewable Energy Projects Working with private company to review an innovative method of renewable power generation from fluid pressures. District Geothermal Heat Pump System A single city block with approximately 20 buildings. Other Partnership Opportunities Energy Efficiency Initiatives Installing a green roof on City Hall Developing a comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation strategy for the implementation of the EECBG grant Other

11 Applied Sustainability Updating the plan and TBL indicators to provide complete linkage between the City s budget, the sustainability plan and TBL indicators are focused on outcomes. We are entering into applied sustainability era Voluntary Carbon Market Working with other local and regional partners to develop a locally managed voluntary carbon market.

12 Steps to Ensuring Success Obtaining Organizational Support and Commitments Mayor/City Commissioners, Departments, community Teams and Responsibility Renewable Energy, Sustainability Teams, advisory committees Data Collection for all Operations Critical data to prepare accurate strategy Establishment of a baseline for future analysis Renewable Energy Efforts Recognition Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Leadership Club Top 20 Green Power Purchasers 2008 & 2009 Consumers Energy, Michigan Customer of the Year 2008 West Michigan Business Review First annual Green Awards - Greenest City

13 Sustainability Recognitions The City of Grand Rapids was ranked among the top 25 cities in the U.S. for applying sustainable development guiding principles by Kent Portney in his book Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously The City of Grand Rapids has been recognized nationally for its LEED buildings: The highest LEED buildings per capita in the U.S. (Rick Fedrizzi, President of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Having the 5th largest number of LEED building in the U.S. Having the first LEED certified municipal building in Michigan Having the first LEED certified YMCA and Art Museum United Nations RCE

14 Questions and Contact Information Haris Alibasic City of Grand Rapids Office of Energy and Sustainability (616) Sustainable GR Renewable Energy

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