Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Monday May 29, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Andrew Brix

 

continued

Most cities Ann Arbor's size do not have an energy office. But Brix's predecessor, Dave Konkle, proved its value through energy efficiency programs that, by the office's calculation, have already saved $8 million. Its initiatives--including converting part of the city's vehicle fleet to alternative fuels and replacing conventional street lamps with super-efficient light-emitting diodes--have helped Ann Arbor win national acclaim, including its selection as one of thirteen cities participating in the 2007-2008 federal Solar America Initiative. Ann Arbor received over $400,000 in Department of Energy funds and technical assistance, plus matching funds to help business owners and homeowners adopt solar energy.

On the job two years, Brix is ambitious to make the program bigger and better. In November, he was excited to find himself in Washington, briefing the House Research & Development Caucus on Ann Arbor's energy-efficient lighting initiative, which includes replacing more than 1,000 streetlights with LEDs.

Brix says he has a lot of latitude in his job: "I get to go forth and do good things and bring ideas back to management on what we should pursue." He gets some ideas for energy efficiency projects from Ann Arbor residents, but more often he'll be inspired by something another city or larger institution is doing. For instance, the idea for a revolving loan fund for the city's internal energy projects came from the utilities department at the University of Michigan. The city established a separate energy fund that loans money to different departments to pay for energy projects, and the fund is repaid out of the savings in energy spending.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Last Impression
Saying goodbye to a business rooted in seeds
Teena Weaver Gordon
Nightspots: Rush Street
Galleries
Washtenaw County Government
Make America Great Again, by Tim Athan
Community Colleges in Chelsea
Solid Gold Sorors
The Deltas reach out to new generations of students.
John Hilton
Roadside Cooking
Peeking at BBQ pits
Bob & Jorja Feldman
To Sell or Not to Sell?
It's decision time for the Library Lot.
James Leonard
Groups and Clubs
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI
The Brain Injury Association of Michigan
A guide to senior living and services