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Press Releases

For more information about SmartStreet®, contact Roger Morgenstern at 517-788-0091 or email at rcmorgenstern@cmsenergy.com.

June 23, 2011
CONSUMERS ENERGY TOUTS MOMENTUM, ANTICIPATES COST SAVINGS SURROUNDING ENERGY-SAVING SMARTSTREET® PROGRAM

March 17, 2011
CONSUMERS ENERGY AND COLLABORATORS CELEBRATE ARRIVAL OF FIRST VOLT IN GRAND RAPIDS AT UTILITY'S PUBLIC CHARGING STATION

December 3, 2010
CONSUMERS ENERGY AND PROJECT COLLABORATORS KICK OFF ENERGY-SAVING SMARTSTREET® PROGRAM IN GRAND RAPIDS’ EAST HILLS AREA

SmartStreet® Happenings

 

 People At Table

 January 26, 2012
Check out the West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s blog following the recent Visions of a Smarter Grid: Exploring Our Energy Future forum event on January 17, and learn how you can still access the event on GRTV (Grand Rapids channel 25) and WMEAC’s YouTube channel.

 People In Audience

January 19, 2012
Catch this Grand Rapids Press article on the heels of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s Visions of a Smarter Grid: Exploring Our Energy Future forum surrounding the energy- and cost-saving benefits of SmartStreet® and Consumers Energy’s smart meter rollout plans for the Muskegon area.

 

November 22, 2011
Read a high-level summary of our SmartStreet® participants' thoughts about the program during our recent participant forum on the StreetWise blog   

 

November 7, 2011
Rennie Ramlal, strategic implementation advisor with the SmartStreet® program, talks about energy efficiency, renewable energy and the SmartStreet® program with third-graders at Harrison Park Elementary School in Grand Rapids' West Grand neighborhood as part of Consumers Energy's ThinkEnergy program.
 

  October 24, 2011
SmartStreet®
participants tell us what worked, what didn't work and what could be improved as we prepare to apply everything we've learned from SmartStreet® to our entire customer base -- starting in Muskegon in August of next year -- during two SmartStreet® participant forums
  October 11, 2011
Consumers Energy's SmartStreet® program manager, Kristin Van Reesema, joins KC Caliendo of the East Hills Council of Neighbors on WOOD-TV's Eight West morning news-talk show to discuss SmartStreet® origins, benefits and results.
 

August 11, 2011
The Grand Rapids Press had a nice story today on the Green Well's solar installation and an overview of how this all fits into the SmartStreet®  program. Click here to read the story.

green July 25, 2011
SmartStreet® participant the Green Well is promoting its new solar panels installed as part of the program.
  July 22, 2011
This week's heat wave provided an opportunity to showcase the benefits of SmartStreet® with its combination of energy efficiency measures and improved energy usage information through smart meters. This knowledge can help residential and business SmartStreet® participants  reduce their energy consumption during peak times. Reported by WZZM ABC Channel 13 in Grand Rapids.
  June 27, 2011
Legislators, officials and Consumers Energy staff enjoyed a walking tour of SmartStreet®.
  June 21, 2011
Participants enjoyed food and fun at the SmartStreet® Block Party before a downpour sent everyone running for cover.
  June 18, 2011
Shoppers at the Fulton Street Farmer's Market had the opportunity to learn about the SmartStreet® project.
  June 16, 2011
The Cherry Street Garden Summer Music Series kicked off with a performance by Nobody’s Darlin’. SmartStreet® is a sponsor.
  June 14, 2011
Commissioning of the SmartStreet® solar demonstration at the Green Well, where solar panels on the roof are generating clean, sustainable energy for the restaurant.
  May 9, 2011
Kristin van Reesema, SmartStreet® project manager, was honored as one of the  "Women of East Hills" at an event sponsored by the East Hills Council of Neighbors. 
  April 29, 2011
SmartStreet®
had a display at Earth and Sky Day at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
  April 28, 2011
SmartStreet®
project manager Kristin van Reesema was interviewed by radio host Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show.
  April 21, 2011
SmartStreet®
sponsored the April meeting of Green Drinks Grand Rapids at the Brewery Vivant, and staff enjoyed mingling with the community members, sharing information about SmartStreet® and the Green Generation program and learning more about East Hills.
Aquanas-college April 9, 2011
Aquinas College held its annual Spring Fest celebration.  Consumers Energy was a proud sponsor and participant in the celebration.
Congress school March 28, 2011
Fourth-graders at Congress Elementary learned about energy efficiency in a Think! Energy program from the National Energy Foundation.
Charging-station-signs March 17, 2011
Green' Day in East Hills-Merl Perzold, a 76-year-old Grand Rapids resident, plugging in his recently purchased Chevrolet Volt at the SmartStreet charging station.
 

February 3 - 5, 2011
Promoted Grand Rapids' first PEV charging station at the Grand Rapids Auto Show. 

Home Performance January 19, 2011
Home Performance Surveys begin for residential participants.
ENERGY STAR audit January 13, 2011
ENERGY STAR® Performance Audits begin for commercial participants.
 

December 6, 2010
"What You Need to Know About SmartStreet®" meeting for potential participants.

PEV


December 3, 2010
Official activation of the Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging station, behind Marie Catrib's, 1001 Lake Drive.

SmartStreet conference December 3, 2010
SmartStreet®
is launched at a news conference in the Inner City Christian Federation. 
  November 16, 2010
SmartStreet®
sponsors and stakeholders meet at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.