DTE Energy along with Consumers Energy are partnering with Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) on an energy efficiency program called Energy Solutions. The program gives small business members access to energy solutions that can improve their operational energy efficiency and help save money on energy bills.  This partnership reinforces DTE’s commitment to help customers save money and promote the growth and revitalization of Michigan businesses.

In this podcast, Robert Feldmann, executive director, DTE Electric Sales & Marketing, joins Chris Holman on The Michigan Business Beat. Robert gives an inside look into DTE’s partnership with SBAM.

How does the Energy Solutions program specifically help business? The program is designed to help take the guesswork out of how to save on energy bills, and gives small business owners a one-stop shop for their energy needs – including energy efficiency savings programs, information on rate options, and financing.  In addition, both DTE and Consumers assigned a dedicated account manager to help customers navigate energy decisions and optimize energy use.

DTE’s support fits in well with what SBAM is trying to accomplish — to make it easier for small business to succeed. Improving the energy efficiency of a business can lower operating costs and energy bills, making a big difference in the bottom line.

“SBAM Energy Solutions has helped hundreds of small business owners understand new ways to manage energy costs and become more energy efficient,” said Sarah Miller, vice president, SBAM.  “With nearly $50,000 in electric and gas savings projected after the first program year, we are excited to work alongside with the DTE team to see how many other small businesses we can reach with this unique partnership.”

What else is DTE doing to serve business customers? They’re upgrading and strengthening the infrastructure – a long term investment that will improve the quality and reliability of the energy powering Michigan homes and businesses. DTE is investing nearly $4.2 billion in electric infrastructure upgrades over the next 5 years. (This includes technology advancements and replacing aging infrastructure –building and upgrading substations, trimming trees, replacing underground cables, replacing poles/crossarms, etc.)

Michigan businesses require higher power quality and better reliability than ever before. Customers who once depended on DTE to simply keep the lights on now require significant amounts of reliable energy to power computer workstations, data centers and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies.

The goal is to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy. These investments will significantly improve reliability for customers and ensure superior customer satisfaction.