Energy is a primary and critical input to human activity and the economy.

Are we building a more resilient energy future?

We are highly dependent upon energy sources outside of our borders – we generate less than 15% of our own energy.  A large component of our energy expenditures is for workers commuting an average of 49 miles per day round trip into the region’s villages and cities. Large commutes not only impact personal incomes, but exports dollars out of the region instead of circulating locally helping to build opportunity for Northwest Michigan’s economy.
Aggressive energy efficiency, diverse energy options, distribution improvements, technological innovation, and location efficiency options create the pathways to a resilient energy future and robust regional economy.

6 County Energy Data Source:  SEEDS Baseline Energy Assessment, part of Framework For Our Future

Annual Fuel Cost for Commuting Workers Source: Growth & Investment Area Studies