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Traverse City Light & Power provides a variety of energy saving programs through the TC Light & Power Energy Smart Program® designed to help our customers lower their energy use and save money.


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2017 Residential Incentive Application

A single application gives you several ways to save! Be certain to follow the instructions and include receipts and UPC codes where required. 

Rebate products include: 

  • Qualified gas furnaces with ECM motors
  • ENERGY STAR® room air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and programmable thermostats
  • ENERGY STAR® refrigerators, electric clothes dryers, and dishwashers
  • ENERGY STAR® LED light bulbs

Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling

Many old refrigerators and freezers use two to three times as much energy as newer models, which can add up to $150 a year to your electric bill. Receive a $50 incentive when you recycle your inefficient working refrigerator or freezer. Click here for program details.

To schedule a pick-up or to learn more about the program, call 231-922.4940.

Room Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier Recycling

TCL&P offers a $15 bill credit for recycling your working room air conditioning unit or dehumidifier twice a year at the Clean Up & Green Up community recycling event. For future event dates and times, click here.  

Home Energy Assessment

TCL&P is no longer performing this Assessment.  Please stay tuned as the program is being redeveloped.



2017 Commercial/Industrial Incentive Application

TCL&P offers business customers financial incentives, up to $15,000 a year, to help ease the cost and challenge of making energy efficient improvements to your building.

Our Prescriptive Program provides incentives when you replace inefficient equipment with specified high-efficiency electric technologies including:

  • Interior and exterior lighting
  • HVAC controls and equipment
  • Variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  • Compressed air
  • Commercial refrigeration and kitchen systems

To qualify, lighting must be used at least 1,800 hours per year and other equipment must operate at least 1,500 hours per year. 

Our Custom Program provides financial assistance to business customers who want to make improvements outside the parameters of the Prescriptive Program. 

Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis while annual funds are available. 

Important: To receive funding through either of these incentive programs, you must complete an application form and receive preapproval from TCL&P.

Need help financing your project? TCL&P has partnered with Venture North to offer the Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund. Click here for additional information and to apply.



For the 2016 reporting period, Traverse City Light & Power filed its 2016 Energy Optimization Program Evaluation Report with the Michigan Public Service Commission as required under Public Act 295. The complete report can be viewed below.

2016 Energy Optimization Program Evaluation Report

In 2015, Traverse City Light and Power filed two biennial reports with the Michigan Public Service Commission: one for the utility's Renewable Energy Plan and another for the utility's Energy Optimization Program. Both filings are requirements under Public Act 295 and can be viewed below.

2015 Renewable Energy Biennial Filing

2015 Energy Optimization Biennial Filing

In 2011, Traverse City Light and Power filed plans with the Michigan Public Service Commission for the next phase of Public Act 295, which covers the years 2012 to 2015. Below are those reports

TCLP EO 2012-2015 Year Amended Plan
Traverse City Attachment A
Traverse City Attachment B

Public Act 295 requires all municipal utilities to file yearly updated reports with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). Below are the information and reports for the Energy Optimization Program and Renewable Energy Plan.

2013 Renewable Energy Biennial Filing

2012 Renewable Energy Plan Annual Report
2012 Energy Optimization Filing

2011 Energy Optimization Filing
2011 Board Report

2010 Energy Optimization Filing
2010 Renewable Energy Plan Filing