This guest post is from Donald Boza, Principal Energy Manager, DTE Energy

Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to save money for consumers and businesses.

Energy efficiency means doing more with less, so we maintain – or exceed – performance while saving both energy and money. For example, a CFL or LED bulb is more efficient than a traditional incandescent bulb as it uses much less electrical energy to produce the same amount of light. Similarly, an efficient furnace or boiler takes less fuel to heat a home to a given temperature than a less efficient model.

Recognizing the importance of energy efficiency, DTE Energy, in partnership with The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), launched the E-Challenge Competition in 2012 to highlight innovation through market-ready energy efficiency solutions.

This year’s competition seeks innovative energy efficiency technology demonstration opportunities in advanced energy efficiency processes. Up to $250,000 may be awarded to successful applicant(s) to create the demonstration for their energy savings innovation. Individual or team scholarships of up to $20,000 will also be awarded.

An application can be submitted by a current student or team of students from a university that is offering an innovative energy savings process that can be demonstrated at a “to be determined” site recommended by the submitter.  The site may be within the college or university campus or local business or facility.

The purpose of DTE Energy’s E-Challenge Competition for Colleges and Universities is to highlight innovation through market-ready advanced energy efficiency solutions that utilize Michigan-based technology products or companies or combine stand-alone technologies into an integrated solution to maximize energy savings. The product must be ready for commercialization or demonstrated in market with validation of energy savings.

Complete program details, including eligibility requirements and application preferences, can be found at

All entries must be submitted online along with supporting materials by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Previous E-Challenge winners include the Mackinac Technology Company in Grand Rapids, Mich., Los Angeles-based Enovative Group, Inc., and two Farmington Hills-based companies Illuminating Concepts and Lumecon.

Energy efficiency is always a good idea and the benefits are numerous. With endless possibilities for projects, this year’s competition looks promising!

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