Michigan Energy Options

For more than 30 years, Michigan Energy Options (formerly Urban and Northern Options) has helped more than a million people in Michigan conserve energy, save money, adopt renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gases and lead more sustainable lives. Our nonprofit is a team with diverse expertise: PhD, MBA, MPA, LEED accredited, HERS and BPI trained, licensed contractors and architects, seasoned environmental and energy experts, project and financial managers--all practitioners for a greener Michigan.


Take Our Energy Survey

Michigan Energy Options is a proud partner in the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability (MMPGS) .

We are currently surveying the Greater Lansing area to  determine goals for the future of energy usage within our region.  These include ensuring reliable and affordable power, increasing efficiency, integrating more renewables, protecting the environment, providing economic competitiveness, and prioritizing and addressing challenges in a systematic way. This study is the crucial first step in that process for our region. 

Home Energy Score is Like an MPG for Buildings

From the Michigan Land Use Institute

The U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., is increasing its commitment to energy efficiency projects with a new initiative, the Home Energy Score program. The HES program is spreading to Michigan, and Traverse City could find itself part of a federal pilot program that could help homeowners here better understand and manage their energy use.

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MEO Exec. Director Presents at Governor's State Energy Forum

This winter and spring across the state, businesses, industries, residents and local officials have been discussing what Michigan's Energy Future might look like.

Our Executive Director presented his ideas at the Marquette Forum, where MEO has its U.P. Office.  Kinch urged government, for-profits and nonprofits to collaborate more to drive more energy efficiency successes.

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Economic Recovery Environmental Reality

On the evening of February 4, 2013, Michigan Energy Options, along with our partner the Michigan Environmental Council, hosted a discussion on Biophysical Economics and Peak Oil led by Jim MacInnes and David Gard. This discussion served as a prelude to Michigan State University hosting Jeremy Rifkin, an international thought leader who will deliver a lecture on March 25 on campus.  Michigan Energy Options' 2013 discussion series, "Let's Talk Energy," also continues in March with "Extreme Energy Homes."

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A New Approach To Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Housing Launched

Michigan Energy Options, in cooperation with Consumers Energy, announces a new income-qualified multifamily energy savings program that offers a practical approach for apartment owners to achieve energy efficiency with step-by-step help accessing Consumers Energy rebate programs and arranging financing through Michigan Saves and other such avenues.  Eligible properties will receive a free energy assessment, which includes reviewing past utility bills and inspecting the property to discover where energy is being wasted. 

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MEO’s Board Member Appointed to the Michigan Public Service Commission

Michigan Energy Options loss is the Michigan Public Service Commission’s gain.

On June 26, Governor Rick Synder appointed Sally Talberg to serve on the three-member Michigan Public Service Commission. Talberg replaces Orjiakor Isiogu, whose term on the commission expires July 2, according to a news release.

Full statement here...

Michigan MUSIC Options

As concert documentaries go (for those of you old enough to remember), none is finer than "The Last Waltz," in which The Band and a who's who of 1970s folk and rock groups jammed on stage. Our Benefit Concert at The Avenue in Lansing had that vibe with one great band after another taking the stage and knocking it out in front of good friends and supporters in the audience.

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Tri-County Environmental Leadership Awards

Who is your favorite Environmental Leader in the Tri County Area? Nominate them for an award!  The Tri-County Environmental Leadership Awards (TCELA for short) celebrate residents, businesses, governments, educational institutions and non-profit organizations in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties that have implemented exemplary environmentally sustainable practices. We seek a broad range of unique and innovative ideas, practices, and projects!

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Next Event:

By appointment

10am -2pm
Demonstration Site Tour

Michigan Energy Options is a Regional Energy Demonstration Site. Tours are available to the general public on Mondays between 10am - 2pm with our Sustainable Site Intern or by appointment with available staff. 


Main Office
405 Grove Street
East Lansing, MI 48823
517.337.0437 (fax)

Upper Peninsula Office
205 Front Street, Suite 2F
Marquette, MI 49855
906.226.1133 (fax)