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Michigan Gets First PACE Refinanced Energy Efficiency Project

Powers Distributing, a beer distributor in Orion Township, Mich., teamed up with Newman Consulting Group (NCG), Lean & Green Michigan, and Michigan Solar Solutions to complete Michigan’s first refinanced Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) project.


The groundbreaking project opens the door for additional energy efficiency financing in Orion Township and elsewhere. Project highlights include:

  • First PACE project in Oakland County
  • First ‘refinance’ PACE project in Michigan
  • First beer distributor in U.S. to finance energy efficiency with PACE



Reporter for MidWest Energy News


Andy started as a reporting fellow for Midwest Energy News in May 2014. He previously spent four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. In addition to Midwest Energy News, Andy also covers state politics and business policy for Inside Michigan Politics and MiBiz. He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School and received multiple awards as an undergraduate from the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. He is based in Grand Rapids.




Jeffrey Rostoni

Diagnosing & Restoring your Home or Work Environment

Analyzing Mold and Moisture Problems in Buildings

Jeffreys presentation will cover the basics and misconceptions about mold, liability associated with mold, mold and moisture’s impact to structures and occupant’s health, and will address the many moisture sources in buildings, typical mold remediation techniques, as well as other indoor air quality issues arising from tight buildings.  AQC will discuss moisture sources in great detail as well as prevention.  There will be a Questions and Answer session at the end to field questions from the audience.

Mr. Jeff Rostoni is an environmental consultant specializing in indoor air quality issues in residential and commercial buildings.  Mr. Rostoni has extensive knowledge about indoor air quality problems and building diagnostics and provides consulting services to help identify, solve and remediate indoor air quality problems.  Mr. Rostoni also has his LEED accreditation and is routinely involved in diagnosing problems associated with “tight” buildings.   Jeff evaluates mold and moisture problems, asbestos, lead paint, methamphetamine houses, VOCs, house ventilation issues, attic ventilation, crawl space moisture and venting, and other building and air quality related problems.


Executive Director

Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association

Bridley ByrdBridley-Byrd

Advocating Public Policy for Energy Conservation

After graduating from Michigan State University, Brindley founded and successfully managed a residential remodeling company for 12 years.  He leveraged his own professional development experience into being a national speaker and presenter for the National Association of Home Builders.   After serving as founding executive director of the Michigan Construction Career Council, part of Capital Area Michigan Works!, Brindley moved into utility rebate program design with CLEAResult and then onto advocating for the energy efficiency industry as the founding executive director of the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA).  He also serves as executive director of the Michigan Air Conditioning Contractors Association (MIACCA) fighting for fair competition throughout Michigan’s mechanical industry. He is currently working to expand Michigan’s integrated energy efficiency market.


Building Automation Specialist

TH Eifert Mechanical Contractors



You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure

In order to get control of your spending on Utilities, you must first have the ability to understand how your facilities consumes energy.  According to the Building Owners & Manufacturing Association, approximately 72% of a buildings monthly energy spend is on Space Heating, Cooling, Water Heating and Lighting.  Understanding how efficient your building is performing in each of these parameters, requires that you first discover how your building compares to others of similar size, age and usage nationally and receive an EnergyStar Score from the United States Department of Energy.  This score provides the data that is necessary for your Energy Consultant to determine to what extent there is Energy Savings Potential.

Mark Bates brings nearly 40 years of experience in the Construction Services business, specializing in “all things low voltage.”  As a Building Automation Solution Specialist at Lansing-based T. H. Eifert Mechanical Contractors, Bates, is responsible for helping the company evolve into providing innovative Energy Management solutions for its’ HVAC service clients.  His career includes serving as a Sales Engineer with Honeywell’s Commercial Construction Division, where he designed and project managed a building management solution for the State of Michigan office buildings including, the State Capital, inner-connected State-owned buildings downtown and the State Secondary Complex.