Jackson-based Gerdau has received $100,000 for participating in Consumers Energy’s Business Demand Response Program — the company reduced its energy use on some of summer 2017’s hottest days when the demand for energy and the cost to supply and deliver that energy was exceptionally high. That reduces the need to build power plants or purchase expensive power during these high-demand periods.
Consumers Energy’s program provided over $1.3 million this year in financial rewards to more than 125 large businesses, such as factories or large municipal facilities. Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas, and it is one of the leading producers of special steel in the world.
“Gerdau provides a great example of how large businesses can reduce their energy use, reducing their costs while also providing a sustainable benefit to everyone that uses energy in Michigan,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for customer experience. “As Michigan’s energy needs continue to grow, we look forward to working with Gerdau and other businesses to manage their energy needs at a few critical times each year.”
Consumers Energy also offers a program called Peak Power Savers for households that encourage homeowners to reduce energy-use at critical times, by cycling their air conditioners and taking voluntary steps. According to their website, “AC Peak Cycling is a way that our customers can voluntarily assist with keeping electricity reliable and affordable for all. Reducing electricity use during peak periods offsets the need to purchase and generate additional electricity.”
To learn more, please visit at peekpowersavers.com.