Michigan Saves Staff
Public Sector Consultants (PSC), a nonpartisan research and consulting firm, was awarded a grant in 2009 to create an innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy financing system. The team moved quickly, securing input from stakeholders and performing valuable energy and financing research to generate the structures, processes, and policies that would form Michigan Saves. In that same year, Michigan Saves was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, led by a diverse board of directors. Once established, the board engaged PSC to staff the organization, leveraging PSC’s experience, expertise, and history with Michigan Saves. Currently, there are eight full-time PSC team members devoted to Michigan Saves, and several part-time resources who offer further support.
Board of Directors
Issue Media Group
Ex Officio (Special Advisor)
Michigan Public Service Commission
TRUE Community Credit Union
Michigan Environmental Council
Michigan Municipal League
Teri Van Sumeren
Consumers Energy Company
Sr. Manager, Asset Resolution & Disposition
Enterprise Community Partners
Operating as a green bank, Michigan Saves creates financing solutions that are designed for function and engineered for success. Our financing know-how and services enable energy consumers anywhere in the state to access the capital they need to invest in the power of clean energy and put it to work for them. Whenever and wherever money is needed for a clean energy project, we are there to help.
Our green bank model is made possible by partnerships with private-sector lenders and energy providers. We also authorize and monitor a network of contractors while providing technical assistance for customers and contractors alike. Our portfolio includes programs for residential, commercial, and municipal customers, and supports energy efficiency, geothermal, and solar photovoltaic projects. And we’re continually adding more features and programs, as well as growing our contractor base, so that even more Michiganders can benefit from safer, more comfortable spaces and smaller utility bills.
Our mission is to stimulate and support investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy systems and measures in Michigan homes, businesses, and public buildings. Working through our industry and with community partners, we:
How We Operate
Michigan Saves was established in 2009 through a grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). The grant allowed a two-year period to establish the organization and develop an initial portfolio of programs to support energy installations. In September 2011, the organization became fully independent. Governed by an 18-member board of directors and a special policy advisor appointed by the MPSC. Michigan Saves has been awarded several grants by state agencies and the U.S. Department of Energy to expand and enhance our programs.
We work hard to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and use them to appropriately leverage private investment.
Michigan Saves Change Team
Our preferred future is not possible without addressing the systems that perpetuate racism and prevent underrepresented populations from accessing benefits like the ones offered by Michigan Saves. Therefore, we commit to developing strategies and tactics to support Michigan Saves’ journey to become an antiracist organization. Learn more about the Michigan Saves Change Team.
Why Our Work Matters
Clean energy is our future. When it comes to greater energy independence and carbon reduction; major environmental and economic benefits; smaller bills; and improved health, safety, and comfort, no one should be excluded. We exist to help all Michiganders access these benefits.