DTE Energy and Walker-Miller Energy Services have partnered to create the Energy Efficiency Academy, launching with an 8-week program designed to train Michiganders in energy-efficient home repairs.

The rising cost of utilities and climate impact of carbon inputs has heightened the importance of well insulated homes. A national shortage of skilled heating and HVAC professionals applies to South-East Michigan where an estimated 40,000 units are inadequate (DMACS).

An initial cohort of 10 students completed the program in Fall of 2022. Plans for 2023 include a second intake will increase capacity to 40 students. Graduates of the current Energy Efficiency Academy course earn Building Analyst and Home Evaluator certifications, recognized by Building Performance Institute (BPI).

Longterm career options are numerous, including pathways in electricity and wiring, construction, HVAC and insulation.