Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics Wins 2011 Star of Energy Efficiency Award

Alliance to Save Energy recognizes program’s significant energy savings and focus on moving Detroit jobs from blue-collar to green-collar

Portland, OR.- October 3, 2011 – Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics (SEEL), a minority business enterprise joint venture between Motor City International and Ecos, announced today that it has won the Alliance to Save Energy’s 2011 Andromeda Star of Energy Efficiency Award for its Neighborhood Energy Savings Outreach (NESO) program, an energy efficiency program implemented with Detroit-based DTE Energy. The award will be presented tomorrow evening in Washington, D.C. at the Alliance to Save Energy 19th Annual Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner.

SEEL was formed to bring the logistics power of Motor City International together with Ecos’ expertise in energy efficiency to work with DTE Energy. DTE Energy had SEEL target market transformation programs for their customers to save energy and money in Detroit.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Alliance to Save Energy,” says Louis James, president and chief executive officer of SEEL. “Working with DTE on the NESO program has been productive and rewarding. Seeing real, measurable results in reducing energy costs for the people of Detroit, reducing carbon emissions for the environment and moving over 100 people from blue-collar to green-collar jobs demonstrates that programs like this work.”

In June 2009, DTE Energy hired SEEL to implement its energy efficiency program for electric and natural gas customers in multi-family and commercial properties. In 2010, DTE Energy approached SEEL with an innovative and ambitious pilot program, NESO, to target customer areas with lower energy efficiency program participation and customer satisfaction ratings. SEEL concentrated on robust community outreach and highly trained installation crews who interacted directly with residents of lower and middle income neighborhoods to save energy.

The initiative required the hiring and training of over 100 full-time staff to conduct audits and installation of basic energy efficiency measures to 2,500 DTE customers per month making it one of the largest programs of its type in the country. In the first 8 months, NESO served 16,513 DTE customers, achieving savings of 45,337 MWh of electricity and 177,862,000 cubic feet of natural gas. DTE Energy reduced 40,221 metric tons of carbon emissions through the programs. Both of SEEL’s programs have delivered significant improvements in customer satisfaction rankings as well.

“The NESO program has enabled us to work with our customers to save money and reduce energy use citywide,” said David Henderson, Manager – Energy Optimization for DTE Energy. “We are proud of the impact this program has had on such a large number of people and our partnership with SEEL to deliver the results.”

“Our joint venture to leverage the automotive logistics of Motor City International for field work with Ecos’ thought leading energy management solutions has exceeded our expectations. We are grateful for DTE’s strong leadership and proud to be a part of this success for the state of Michigan,” said Jon Thomsen, CEO of Ecos.

The Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy. The Star of Energy Efficiency Award recognizes individuals and companies who have worked tirelessly to advance energy efficiency. The award will be presented by Congressman Clarke on October 4, 2011, at the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner held in Washington D.C. The black tie affair typically draws more than 500 energy leaders from industry, government and academia.



DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan; MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan; and other non utility energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines, unconventional gas production, power and industrial projects, and energy trading.


Motor City International (MCI) is a company within the MCLJASCO, Inc. family. MCI has a rich history in Supply Chain Management services. Our customer base includes Chrysler, Ford, Sumitomo, Mitsubishi and General Motors. From inventory management, steel manufacturing, fulfillment capabilities to energy efficiency, the MCI family of companies support a diverse range of supply chain management services. MCI collaborates with its customers to make the global supply chain management process seamless with real time visibility encompassed with high quality and cost effective support. Our services include (but are not limited to) sequencing, sub assembly, container management, consolidation, deconsolidation, inventory management, stamping, welding MRO fulfillment and freight forwarding. We have the capabilities to manage the entire supply chain process for any organization with our inventory system and our team of managers and support staff.

The MCI family has experienced its growth due to its commitment to high quality as an ISO and TS certified company and because of our rich knowledge of logistic management services. For more information on MCI, visit or call 313-841-5000.


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