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TCLP Announces New Electric Bike Rebates to Promote Environmental Sustainability

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231) 932-4544, hduell@tclp.org

Traverse City, MI – In a move to promote sustainable transportation, Traverse City Light and Power (TCLP) is pleased to announce a new instant rebate program for electric bikes (e-bikes). This initiative is part of TCLP’s Strategic Plan, which includes a focus on innovative initiatives and strategic partnerships that foster a healthy planet and sustainable future for the community. 

The rebate program provides financial incentives to customers who purchase e-bikes, making environmentally friendly transportation more accessible and affordable. By promoting the use of e-bikes, TCLP aims to reduce vehicle carbon emissions, alleviate vehicle traffic congestion, and encourage a healthier lifestyle.

Key Details of the E-Bike Rebate Program:

  • Rebate Amount: Customers can receive a rebate of up to $300.00 on the purchase of a new e-bike only from participating local bike shops.
  • Eligibility: The e-bike rebate is available to all TCLP customers with a limit of two rebates per service address per year.
  • Application Process: Bring a copy of your most recent TCLP bill (paper or electronic) and a valid ID to any of the participating bike shops. Participating bike shops will handle the application and provide the rebate immediately for customers.
  • Participating Shops: City Bike Shop, Brick Wheels, Einstein Cycles, McLain Cycle and Fitness, Predego TC, and Wildcard Cycle Works.  

“TCLP’s E-bike rebates are a powerful incentive for promoting sustainable transportation that is a potential vehicle alternative, said Sustainability and Key Accounts Manager, Jacob Hardy. By making e-bikes more accessible, we not only encourage greener commuting options but also take significant strides towards reducing our carbon footprint and fostering a healthier environment for future generations.”

Environmental Impact: E-bikes are a low-emission alternative to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. They help to reduce air pollution and reliance on fossil fuels, contributing to cleaner air and a healthier environment. By offering this rebate program, TCLP is taking proactive steps to support the transition to a greener, more sustainable transportation network. To learn more about TCLP’s available rebates click here.

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About Traverse City Light & Power

Serving the community since 1912, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is a municipally owned utility serving Traverse City and its surrounding areas. Its mission is to serve as a trusted community partner for delivering innovative, affordable, reliable, and environmentally sustainable energy and telecom solutions. Its vision includes enriching the communities it services by anticipating and exceeding evolving customer needs with operational excellence.  For more information or to learn more about TCLP’s Strategic Plan, visit www.tclp.org.

Community Investment Fund Still Accepting Grant Applications Through July 31, 2024

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Contact: Kelli Schroeder, Customer & Employee Relations Manager, 231-932-4545, kschroeder@tclp.org

Traverse City, MI – Traverse City Light and Power (TCLP) is accepting Community Investment Fund Grant Applications for the 2024-2025 Fiscal Year.  Applications are still being accepted until July 31, 2024.

As a public power utility, TCLP is committed to investing in the community we serve. The vision of the Community Investment Fund is to enhance the quality of life in the Traverse City area with charitable contributions focused on projects and programs in three key areas: Community Development, Energy-Related Education, and Natural Resources/Environmental.

“TCLP is a community-owned utility that is committed to investing back into the community it serves,” said Board member Elysha Davila. “We are excited to support initiatives that are aligned with TCLP’s vision and values to embrace environmental stewardship and foster a sustainable environment.”

Are you a non-profit organization operating in the Traverse City service area that has a program or project that can benefit the Traverse City community? Does your project aim to promote energy-related education, improve the quality of the natural resources of Traverse City, and support a sustainable environment?

If your answer is yes to the above questions, we invite you to apply for TCLP’s Community Investment Fund. Grant applications are accepted two times per year from May 1 – July 31 and from November 1 – January 31.

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About Traverse City Light & Power

Serving the community since 1912, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is a municipally owned utility serving Traverse City and its surrounding areas. Dedicated to reliability, sustainability, and innovation, TCLP provides energy and telecommunication services designed to meet the changing needs of its community. For more information, visit [www.tclp.org.]www.tclp.org.

Underground Project 7th Street between South Elmwood Avenue and Kids Creek

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2024

Contact: Steven Richardson, Engineering Technician, 231-932-4564

Dear Valued Utility Customer,

In an effort to improve reliability, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) will be converting a portion of its primary service to underground along the rear lot line of 7th Street between South Elmwood Avenue and Kids Creek.  This work will include the installation of underground conduit and primary wire, the removal of overhead primary wire and transformers, and the installation of new padmount transformers and pedestals.  Poles from which the primary wire has been removed will be topped to the communications level providing for shorter pole height in this area.  Customers in the project area can expect to see line crews with bucket trucks, line trucks, and excavating equipment.  The vast majority of the digging will occur in the City’s property south of the homes to install the new underground line and equipment.  TCLP will perform site restoration after the project, which will include raking of the trenched area and installation of dirt and grass seed.  

This work will require outages at different times throughout the project area; these will be scheduled with advance notification made to those customers affected.  A small portion of this work is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 1, related to an individual service, while work for the overall project is anticipated to begin on Monday, July 8, and is scheduled to be completed by Friday, July 19, barring issues with weather or unforeseen circumstances. 

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Steven Richardson, Engineering Technician, at 231-932-4564.  For questions regarding the scheduling of the project, please contact Stephanie Tvardek, Scheduling & Operations Coordinator, at 231-932-4565.

Positive Energy Solutions for High Temperatures: Conservation Tips from TCLP

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231) 932-4544, hduell@tclp.org

Traverse City, MI – During times of high temperatures, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is committed to helping our community stay cool while conserving energy. Our mission is to be your trusted partner in delivering innovative, affordable, reliable, and environmentally sustainable energy solutions. Here are some practical tips to help manage energy use during this period, all powered by positive energy.

Smart Energy-Saving Tips for All Customers:

  1. Adjust Thermostats: Aim to set your thermostat around 10-15 degrees cooler than the outside temperature for optimal efficiency.
  2. Leverage Fans: Use ceiling and portable fans to enhance comfort, allowing you to raise the thermostat setting by about 4°F without sacrificing coolness.
  3. Block Out the Sun: Keep blinds or shades closed during peak sunlight hours to reduce indoor heat.
  4. Schedule Appliance Use: Operate large appliances like ovens, washers, and dryers during early morning or late evening when it’s cooler.
  5. Unplug to Save: Disconnect electronic devices when not in use to prevent energy waste.

Residential Energy-Saving Innovations:

  • Heat Pumps: Consider using energy-efficient heat pumps for both cooling and heating needs.
  • Mini-Splits: Install mini-split systems to cool specific areas, reducing overall energy use.

Commercial and Industrial Efficiency Enhancements:

  • Optimize HVAC Systems: Ensure regular maintenance and optimization of HVAC systems for peak performance.
  • Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Systems: Transition to advanced HVAC systems, including heat pumps and mini-splits, to enhance energy savings.
  • Energy-Efficient Lighting: Use LED lighting to reduce energy consumption and heat output.
  • Shift Operations: Schedule energy-intensive processes during off-peak hours to minimize energy demand.
  • Seal and Insulate: Properly insulate and seal buildings to keep cool air in and hot air out.

At TCLP, we believe in the power of positive energy. By working together, we can conserve energy, stay comfortable, and support a sustainable future for our community.

About Traverse City Light & Power

Serving the community since 1912, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is a municipally owned utility serving Traverse City and its surrounding areas. Dedicated to reliability, sustainability, and innovation, TCLP provides energy and telecommunication services designed to meet the changing needs of its community. For more information, visit www.tclp.org.

TCLP to Implement Modest Rate Increase, First in Two Years

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231) 932-4544, hduell@tclp.org

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Pending a public hearing next week, the Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) Board has tentatively approved a modest rate increase, effective July 1, 2024.

The adjustments are to ensure the utility’s continued move toward decarbonization/100% renewable energy use by 2040, enhanced community education services, and preventative tree trimming that maintains the low outage experience for customers, all outlined in TCLP’s 2024-2029 Strategic Plan.

“We understand that any rate increase can be a burden on personal and business budgets,” said Brandie Ekren, TCLP Executive Director. “We have worked conscientiously to minimize the impact as well as eliminate some barriers to electrification.”

The average TCLP residential customer uses 572 kWh per month. When the increase goes into effect, that resident will at most see around a 5%, or $4.50, increase in their monthly bill.

“These adjustments will also mean that there will no longer be two energy charge block rates, so residents won’t be assessed a higher cost for using more electricity,” Ekren said. “Their average cost will actually be reduced the more they use.”

TCLP understands the importance of affordability and is committed to providing customers with resources to manage their energy use, including:

  • Energy saver programs: TCLP offers a variety of programs to help customers save money on their electric bills, including rebates on energy-efficient appliances and home upgrades.
  • Budget billing: Customers can enroll in budget billing to spread their energy costs throughout the year and avoid seasonal spikes.
  • Financial assistance programs: There are several programs offered by the government and organizations to qualified customers.

Within the industry, TCLP remains in the bottom five for its average residential price in the state of Michigan according to 2022 U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

Residents interested in providing comments may do so at a public hearing during the Tuesday, June 11, 2024, Board meeting, which will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers at 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City.

Documents detailing the proposed overall rate increase can be found here.

About Traverse City Light & Power

Serving the community since 1912, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is a municipally owned utility serving Traverse City and its surrounding areas. Dedicated to reliability, sustainability, and innovation, TCLP provides energy and telecommunication services designed to meet the changing needs of its community. For more information, visit www.tclp.org.

Eastern Avenue/Port Mission Road Fiber Installation Project

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2024

Contact: Mark Watson, Fiber Superintendent, (231) 932-4578, mwatson@tclp.org  

6/10/24 through 7/31/24

Dear Value Utility Customer,

As part of Traverse City Light and Power’s (TCLP) ongoing commitment to ensuring the reliability of our services, we are excited to inform you about an upcoming enhancement to our infrastructure. Beginning the week of June 10th, 2024, TCLP will commence the installation of fiber optic communication wire along a route from Eastern Avenue to Port Mission Road, aimed at bolstering our smart grid capabilities.

The project route spans from the intersection of Eastern Avenue/Quail Ridge Drive North to Huron Hills Drive, then extends northward to Center Road, and finally eastward to Port Mission Road. All work will be located within the extent of the existing right-of-way.

This project, slated for completion by the end of July 2024, will be broken up into two stages:

June 10th – Crews will mobilize and begin directionally drilling in a conduit and installing hand holes along Quail Ridge Drive from Eastern Avenue North to Huron Hills Drive. The anticipated completion of the underground infrastructure installation is by the end of June 2024. Areas where grass gets disturbed will be restored with topsoil and grass seed.  

July – TCLP’s internal crews will install fiber optic cable through underground locations and construct overhead fiber cable from Huron Hills Drive to Port Mission Road utilizing the existing TCLP pole line.

A map detailing the project area can be found HERE.

The Eastern Avenue/Port Mission Road Fiber Installation Project aligns seamlessly with TCLP’s mission to serve as a trusted community partner, delivering innovative, affordable, reliable, and environmentally sustainable energy and telecom solutions.

Should you have any inquiries regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact Mark Watson at (231) 932-4578 or via email at mwatson@tclp.org.

TCLP will Hold a Public Hearing Regarding a Proposed Overall 5.0% Rate Increase

Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed overall 5.0% rate increase on June 11, 2024, at the regular meeting of the TCLP Board.

All customers are invited to attend and provide comment regarding the increase during the public hearing.

The TCLP Board meeting will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Commission Chambers located at the Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue.  

Documents detailing the proposed overall rate increase can be found here.

TCLP Announces New Customer Service Center to Enhance Community Support

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231)-932-4544, hduell@tclp.org

TRAVERSE CITY, MI. – Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is thrilled to announce that on June 10, 2024, it will be opening a second Customer Service Center at 130 Hall Street. This expansion underscores the dedication to enhancing the customer experience and providing greater accessibility to TCLP’s valued community members. This new location will also provide customers with a second point of contact for any inquiries or concerns.

“As we embark on this exciting expansion, we’re thrilled to open our newest customer service location. This move reflects our deep commitment to prioritizing your convenience and satisfaction. We eagerly look forward to elevating your experience with TCLP, providing the high-quality service you deserve,” said Executive Director, Brandie Ekren.

Starting Monday, June 10th, the strategically positioned new location at 130 Hall Street in Traverse City will be open from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Customer Service can also be reached at 231-922-4940 or via email at customerservice@tclp.org.

A grand opening event and a ribbon-cutting ceremony are scheduled to take place in the fall. Further information regarding this event will be provided at a later time.

About Traverse City Light & Power

Serving the community since 1912, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is a municipally owned utility serving Traverse City and its surrounding areas. Dedicated to reliability, sustainability, and innovation, TCLP provides energy and telecommunication services designed to meet the changing needs of its community. For more information, visit www.tclp.org.

TCLP Community Investment Fund Spring Awardees

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Contact: Kelli Schroeder, Customer & Employee Relations Manager, 231 932-4545, kschroeder@tclp.org

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Traverse City Light and Power (TCLP) has awarded three local agencies funds from the TCLP Community Investment Program. This year’s Community Investment Program awardees are Friends of the Grand Traverse Conservation District, Habitat for Humanity, and SEEDS. The following submissions were approved at the Tuesday, April 9, 2024, TCLP Board meeting:

  • Friends of the GT Conservation District – in the amount of $16,000 to support the construction of the Discovery Boardwalk along the trails of the Natural Education Reserve that will create a high-priority aquatic/wetland learning site for youth educational programming based out of the Boardman River Nature Center.
  • Habitat for Humanity – in the amount of $5,100 to support the conversion of all current fluorescent lighting to energy and cost-efficient LED lights.
  • SEEDS – in the amount of $20,000 to support the replacement of the roof of the SEEDS workshop, increasing the public educational and training capacity of the SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers.

“TCLP is a community-owned utility that is committed to investing back into the community it serves,” said Board member Elysha Davila. “We are excited to support initiatives that are aligned with TCLP’s vision and values to embrace environmental stewardship and foster a sustainable environment.”

Are you a non-profit organization operating in the Traverse City service area that has a program or project that can benefit the Traverse City community? Does your project aim to promote energy-related education, improve the quality of the natural resources of Traverse City, and support a sustainable environment?

If your answer is yes to the above questions, we invite you to apply for TCLP’s Community Investment Fund. Grant applications are accepted two times per year from May 1 – July 31 and from November 1 – January 31.

About Traverse City Light & Power

Serving the community since 1912, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is a municipally owned utility serving Traverse City and its surrounding areas. Dedicated to reliability, sustainability, and innovation, TCLP provides energy and telecommunication services designed to meet the changing needs of its community. For more information, visit www.tclp.org.

Traverse City Light and Power Recognized for Reliable Electric Service to the Community

Monday, April 15, 2024

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231)-932-4544, hduell@tclp.org

Traverse City, MI — Traverse City Light and Power (TCLP) has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2023. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA), a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

APPA helps electric utilities track power outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service. Once per year, APPA’s Reliability Team compares this data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

“It’s encouraging to see year after year that public power’s track record for providing highly reliable service is backed up by data,” said APPA Director of Research and Development Paul Zummo. “These utilities are the best of the best when it comes to keeping the lights on. And these communities should be proud of their local power providers and appreciate the hard work that goes into earning this recognition.”

Nationwide, the average public power customer has their lights out for less than half the amount of time that customers of other types of utilities do. “We are very proud to receive this recognition. It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff towards ensuring that our customers in the Traverse City area receive reliable electric service” said Daren Dixon, Operations Manager at TCLP.

APPA found TCLP’s SAIDI (average outage duration for each customer served) to be in the top quartile when compared to the data from 174 investor-owned, 465 rural cooperatives, and 324 public power utilities.

For more information on TCLP and its commitment to reliability, visit www.tclp.org

About Traverse City Light & Power

Serving the community since 1912, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is a municipally owned utility serving Traverse City and its surrounding areas. Dedicated to reliability, sustainability, and innovation, TCLP provides energy and telecommunication services designed to meet the changing needs of its community. For more information, visit www.tclp.org.

TCLP Unveils Comprehensive Strategic Plan for a Sustainable and Innovative Future

Friday, April 12, 2024

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231)-932-4544, hduell@tclp.org

Traverse City, MITraverse City Light & Power (TCLP), a pioneering municipal utility committed to providing reliable and sustainable energy solutions, proudly announced on March 15th, 2024, the approval of its forward-thinking Strategic Plan. Through extensive planning, stakeholder engagement, and collaborative efforts over the past year, TCLP charts a visionary course for community enrichment, customer experience excellence, employee development, operational and financial innovation, technological advancement, and environmental sustainability.

Strategic Vision for Community and Beyond

Building from the momentum derived from TCLP’s Climate Action Plan’s robust stakeholder engagement and a year’s worth of analysis and planning, TCLP sets forth an ambitious path to deepen its integration within the community it serves, ensuring a future that is both sustainable and prosperous for all.

Key Priorities and Goals

  • Community Enrichment: Committing to sustainable practices and innovative clean energy solutions as an invested civic partner.
  • Customer Experience: Delivering unparalleled service quality and innovative offerings for enhanced customer engagement.
  • Employee Excellence: Building a high-performing, adaptable team ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.
  • Operational and Financial Excellence: Innovating operations and strengthening financial health for sustainable growth.
  • Technology Transition: Leading in utility sector technology and service excellence with strategic technological investments.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Advancing towards 100% renewable energy usage by 2040 and promoting comprehensive environmental stewardship through TCLP operations targeting greenhouse gas reduction.

A Future Crafted Together

“In crafting TCLP’s Strategic Plan, we’ve been guided by the vast possibilities our industry offers and the immense dedication of our team,” said Brandie Ekren, Executive Director of Traverse City Light & Power. “This plan reflects our commitment to innovation, sustainability, and excellence, laying a foundation for a future where we not only meet challenges but create opportunities.”

Board Chair Ross Hammersley added, “Our new strategic plan represents a significant milestone for TCLP, our customers, employees, and our community.  It lays out a blueprint for how we can move forward together, building on our strengths as a municipal utility and embracing new opportunities for growth and sustainability. I’m incredibly proud of what TCLP has accomplished and very excited for the journey ahead.”

Together Towards a Brighter Future

TCLP is excited to invite the community to be an integral part of this transformative journey. Through shared dedication and collaborative effort, TCLP and the Traverse City community will pave the way toward a future marked by prosperity, sustainability, and innovation.

About Traverse City Light & Power

Serving the community since 1912, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is a municipally owned utility serving Traverse City and its surrounding areas. Dedicated to reliability, sustainability, and innovation, TCLP provides energy and telecommunication services designed to meet the changing needs of its community. For more information, visit www.tclp.org.

TCLP Recognized as a Reliable Power Provider

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231)-932-4544, hduell@tclp.org

Traverse City, MI, April 8, 2024— Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) has earned a Diamond Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. This recognition is the highest designation possible.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. TCLP joins more than 250 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

“Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor signifying a utility has demonstrated commitment to industry best practices,” said Troy Adams, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and General Manager at Manitowoc Public Utilities, Wisconsin. “And ultimately, the culture developed from this pursuit of excellence and continued improvement through the RP3 program results in measurable value delivered to the local community.”

“We couldn’t be prouder to be honored with this designation,” said Brandie Ekren, Executive Director, of TCLP. “This is the culmination of a lot of work from many people who care about powering our community. But this designation is not a final destination. We are committed to continuing to look for ways to improve our operations and customer service.”

About Traverse City Light & Power

Serving the community since 1912, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is a municipally owned utility serving Traverse City and its surrounding areas. Dedicated to reliability, sustainability, and innovation, TCLP provides energy and telecommunication services designed to meet the changing needs of its community. For more information, visit www.tclp.org.

TCLP Spearheads Building Electrification Initiative with Community Event and Survey

Monday, April 8, 2024

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231)-932-4544, hduell@tclp.org

Traverse City, MI – Traverse City Light and Power (TCLP), in collaboration with 5 Lakes Energy, Seeds, and Keen, held an engaging community event centered on building electrification on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. This initiative aligns with TCLP’s commitment to fostering sustainable energy solutions and its mission to serve as a trusted community partner. The event was designed to unite a diverse group of stakeholders in exploring the transformative potential of building electrification.

Event Highlights:

  • Provided an opportunity to delve into discussions on the advantages and strategies of building electrification.
  • Engaged with experts in the field of sustainable energy and infrastructure.
  • Allowed a platform for collaborative exchange and contribution towards a sustainable energy future.

Under the banner of its new corporate mission, TCLP aims to “deliver innovative, affordable, reliable, and environmentally sustainable energy and telecom solutions,” guided by a vision of leading “with positivity and creativity, creating a brighter future for all.” Emphasizing values of Sustainability, Innovation, Collaboration, Integrity, and Optimism, the utility is set to navigate and contribute to the future of sustainable living.

Concurrently, TCLP invites the community to engage in a comprehensive electrification survey. This initiative seeks to gather valuable insights to refine and enhance the utility’s services and programs, ensuring they align with the community’s evolving sustainability needs. Your insights will directly impact our strategy to provide clean, innovative, and beneficial energy solutions. Take the survey here.

About Traverse City Light & Power

Serving the community since 1912, TCLP is dedicated to enhancing the community’s quality of life by providing innovative and sustainable energy solutions. As a municipal utility, TCLP is committed to operational excellence, anticipating, and exceeding customer needs in the ever-evolving energy landscape. For more information, visit www.tclp.org.

TCLP Aligns with Michigan’s New Clean Energy Legislation Reinforcing Commitment to Renewable Energy and Sustainability 

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231)-932-4544, hduell@tclp.org 

Traverse City, MI – Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP), a forward-thinking municipal utility, today announced its strategic alignment with the recently passed Clean & Renewable Energy and Energy Waste Reduction Act in Michigan. This alignment underscores TCLP’s pioneering efforts in adopting sustainable energy practices and contributing to a healthier planet. 

“Our Climate Action Plan (CAP) set the stage for a transformative journey towards 100% renewable energy,” said Brandie Ekren, Executive Director of TCLP. “Michigan’s latest legislative move in clean energy reinforces our vision and commitment to not just meet, but exceed, state-level sustainability goals.” 

The new legislation aligns with TCLP’s existing efforts to reduce carbon emissions and enhance grid resiliency. TCLP has been a leader in sustainable utility solutions, and its ambitious CAP has been at the forefront of driving change within the community and beyond. 

As a response to both global and local environmental concerns, TCLP’s initiatives extend beyond compliance, setting a benchmark in the industry. The company’s proactive approach in adopting renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and promoting sustainable practices exemplifies its role as a leader in environmental stewardship. 

“Our commitment goes beyond powering homes and businesses; it’s about empowering a sustainable future for our community,” Ekren added. “We are proud to be aligned with Michigan’s vision, and this new legislation only strengthens our resolve to innovate and lead in clean energy solutions.” 

Traverse City Light & Power continues to work closely with local and state partners to implement its climate goals, contributing to a greener, more sustainable Michigan. 

About Traverse City Light & Power 

Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility providing electric and telecom services to Traverse City and the surrounding areas. With a commitment to sustainability and innovation, TCLP is dedicated to delivering reliable, cost-effective energy solutions while prioritizing environmental stewardship. 

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Public Hearing- Time of Use Rates

Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) will hold a public hearing regarding proposed Time of Use rates on December 12, 2023, at the regular meeting of the TCLP Board.

All customers are invited to attend and provide comment regarding the proposed rates during the public hearing.

The TCLP Board meeting will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Commission Chambers located at the Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue.  

Additional documents detailing the proposed Time of Use rates can be viewed HERE.

TCLP Accepting Community Investment Fund Applications

Friday, November 3, 2023

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231)- 932-4544, hduell@tclp.org

Traverse City, MI – Traverse City Light and Power (TCLP) is now accepting the second round of Community Investment Fund Grant Applications for the 2023-2024 Fiscal Year.  Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2024.  

As a public power utility, TCLP is committed to investing in the community we serve. The vision of the Community Investment Fund is to enhance the quality of life in Traverse City, and more specifically for customers in TCLP’s service territory, with charitable contributions focused on projects and programs in three key areas: Community Development, Energy-Related Education, and Natural Resources/Environmental.  

The requesting organization must reside in the Traverse City area, be non-profit, and operate for public purposes. For more information on the Community Investment Fund along with the application and submission requirements visit “Our Community” under “Community Outreach Programs” at www.tclp.org

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Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at low rates in the region to over 12,700 customers in Traverse City, and parts of East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield and Peninsula townships. Now offering TCLPfiber, an all-fiber, gigabit internet service.  

TCLP Recognized for its Commitment to Employee Financial Security in Retirement

Monday, October 16, 2023

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231)- 932-4544, hduell@tclp.org

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) earned a runner-up Impact Award with the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS) in the “Other” category for steps it has taken to design and implement retirement and post-employment benefit offerings that not only align with employee needs, but also ensure that the funding of these benefits is sustainable. TCLP was one of eleven organizations recognized this year out of 1,030 municipalities in Michigan that participate with MERS.

TCLP has taken a multi-faceted approach to ensuring benefit sustainability and has seen success in its ability to recruit and retain employees with its benefit offerings that show a commitment to employee financial security in retirement.

The MERS Impact Awards were created to recognize municipalities that have displayed commitment to employee financial security as well as proven best practices in designing and implementing retirement and post-employment benefit programs.

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Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at low rates in the region to over 12,700 customers in Traverse City, and parts of East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, and Peninsula townships. Now offering TCLPfiber, an all-fiber, gigabit internet service.

TCLP to Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day 2023

National event urging everyone to “Save Money. Cut Pollution. Create Jobs.”

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 

Contact: Hannah Duell, Communications Specialist, (231)- 932-4544, hduell@tclp.org  

Traverse City, MI 
— In recognition of National Energy Efficiency Day (#EEDay2023) on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, Traverse City Light and Power (TCLP) is joining regional and national organizations, businesses, utilities, universities, and individuals in promoting energy efficiency – the cheapest, quickest way to meet our energy needs, cut utility bills, and reduce pollution.  

Energy efficiency is also an economic engine, amassing a U.S. workforce of nearly 2.4 million by the beginning of this year. Ranging from professional services to manufacturing, installation, and construction, these good jobs are local and cannot be outsourced.  

“Being more energy efficient not only lowers utility bills, but it also reduces the need for more infrastructure and power plants. TCLP has many programs in place to help our businesses and homes achieve those savings,” said Jacob Hardy, Sustainability and Key Accounts Manager.   

TCLP offers its customers a variety of energy-efficient programs including:  

  • Voluntary Green Pricing Program  
  • On-Bill Financing  
  • Time of Use Program  
  • Energy Saver Program  
  • Net Metering  

Reducing the energy used by manufacturers, homes, and businesses benefits everyone – especially energy bill-payers. The average household saves almost $500 yearly thanks to efficiency standards that apply to new appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters, alone. 

To learn more about TCLP’s energy efficiency efforts, visit www.tclp.org/going-green/ 

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About #EEDay2023: On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, a growing network showcases the vital benefits of energy efficiency during the 5th annual nationwide Energy Efficiency Day. Learn how we can all save money, cut pollution, create jobs, and more at www.energyefficiencyday.org