NextEnergy forum on April 18 to help Michigan companies explore energy efficiency project financing

Citi Bank, Comerica, GM, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and others discuss funding models and opportunities for local businesses to become more energy efficient

Detroit, MI - April 11, 2013 - Representatives from companies across Michigan will join NextEnergy on April 18 for a complimentary Energy Efficiency Finance Forum. The Forum is designed to help commercial and industrial end-users, technology providers, and energy managers achieve a working knowledge of the main concepts, issues, and solutions in funding energy efficiency improvements.


Although many companies understand that implementing energy efficiency projects can yield long-term savings and have a positive impact on the environment, many are unaware of the various financing options available. Others may be aware, but are unsure how to navigate through the process.

"Part of NextEnergy's core mission is to promote and accelerate environmental responsibility," said Yiwei Chen, manager, power and energy efficiency, NextEnergy. "This event will serve as a kick-off for other activities designed to educate Michigan companies on the benefits of energy efficiency and to provide them with the tools and knowledge they need to effectively implement projects."

Attendees will learn about emerging models for energy efficiency financing, and hear from those who have successfully secured it. They will also have the opportunity to connect directly with industry experts at "guru roundtables", and network with a diverse set of stakeholders in the energy efficiency and finance sectors including:

*Citibank

*Comerica Bank

*General Motors

*Lean & Green Michigan

*Metro Controls

*Michigan Economic Development Corporation

*Michigan Saves

*Rockwell Automation

Registration and a complete event agenda can be found at nextenergy.org/eefforum

About NextEnergy

Founded in 2002 as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy is one of the nation's leading accelerators of advanced energy technologies, businesses and industries. NextEnergy drives technology demonstration and commercialization; delivers industry and venture development services; and provides an authoritative voice in the public sector. Since its inception, NextEnergy has helped attract more than $1 billion of new investment in the state of Michigan, including programs in excess of $150 million in which NextEnergy has directly participated. For more information, visit nextenergy.org.

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