LANSING — Twenty-three organizations and individuals from across Michigan are finalists for the 2016 Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards, which recognize an extraordinary commitment to reducing energy waste through innovative energy solutions. The awards will be announced at an invitation-only celebration in mid-August.

“Energy efficiency doesn’t mean doing less,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “It means doing as much or more but using less energy to get it done. Energy efficiency is the best example of a no-regrets policy Michigan can have.”
“Reliable and affordable energy helps fuel Michigan’s economy,” Governor Snyder added. “Continuing to reduce energy waste is one of the main ways we can keep energy prices affordable in Michigan.”

Dennis Schultz – Terra Caloric, Alpena, has been selected as a Finalist for the Innovator Of The Year Award.

Dennis Schultz saw a problem: the upfront costs of conventional geothermal systems were preventing those who needed them most – rural homeowners without access to natural gas lines – from purchasing them. Fortunately, Dennis also had a solution: these same homeowners had access to water from their household wells, so he designed a pump that could extract enough energy from two gallons of water to offset most homes’ fossil fuel consumption. In 2015, Terra Caloric – a Michigan Saves authorized contractor – installed Dennis’ Well-Connect geothermal heat pumps in 26 Michigan homes, reducing average annualized propane use by 23,400 gallons. The pump can be installed in one day, at a quarter of the cost of traditional systems.

About The Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards

The Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards honor Michigan individuals and organizations who have made reducing energy waste and implementing energy-efficient practices part of their everyday lives. For more information, visit: