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The Michigan Biomass Energy Program (MBEP) provides funding for state bioenergy and biofuels projects on a regular basis. Funding categories typically include biofuels and bioenergy education, biofuels infrastructure, and biomass technology development and demonstrations. Other renewable technologies, such as solar and wind, may also be included. Grant award amounts vary according to each individual solicitation.
Michigan exempts certain energy production related farm facilities from real and personal property taxes. Among exempted property are certain methane digesters, biomass gasification equipment, thermal depolymerization systems, and equipment used to harvest crop residues or dedicated crops used for energy production.
''Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the [http://www.energycodes.gov/states/ DOE] and [http://bcap-ocean.org/ BCAP] websites.''
In May 2006, the Ann Arbor City Council adopted a resolution that established a goal of 30% renewable energy for all municipal operations by 2010, with an associated 20% reduction in greenhouse gases. The resolution also established a goal of 20% renewable energy for the entire Ann Arbor community by 2015.
The City of Ann Arbor offers Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for commercial properties located within the city. Projects will undergo a voluntary special assessment and may range in size from $10,000 to $350,000. The project costs cannot exceed 20% of the property's State Equalized Value, and the lien to value of the property cannot exceed 99% of twice the State Equalized Value.
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of the City of Detroit is offering financial assistance to commercial, institutional, and public buildings in Detroit that install energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Grants are available for up to 25% of the cost of eligible improvements.
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of the City of Detroit is offering financial assistance to commercial, institutional, and public buildings in Detroit that install energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Loans are available for up to 40% of the cost of eligible improvements, up to $100,000.
In January 2006, the City of Grand Rapids approved a resolution detailing the city's sustainability policy for public buildings. The resolution directed city personnel to implement the principles for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program and the EPA Energy Star and Green Lights programs. Included in this was a specific requirement that all construction and renovation projects involving municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet and a cost of $1 million or more receive LEED certification.
In 2005, the City of Grand Rapids established a goal of purchasing 20% of its municipal power demand from renewable energy by 2008. In November 2007, the city signed a three-year agreement with a three-year renewable with [http://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?ID=1458 Consumers Energy] to purchase Green-e Certified blocks of renewable energy valued at a reduced rate.
By an executive order from the Mayor's Office, City of Lansing facilities are now required to procure 10% of their energy consumption from renewable sources by 2010, escalating to 15% in 2015 and 20% in 2020. This green power purchasing policy is part of a broader initiative designed to reduce the contribution that city facilities make to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.