NORTHPORT                          ENERGY
Northport Energy was founded in 2008 by local citizens who shared common interests and concerns relating to energy conservation and energy efficiency. They began to meet informally calling themselves The Northport Energy Group. 

By 2010, the group had grown in size and become more serious about their shared interests. They renamed themselves the Northport Energy Action Taskforce and filed the papers necessary to become a registered 501(c)3 non-profit in the State of Michigan.  They also took action to protect the name “Northport Energy" as we are more frequently called today.

In order to establish eligibility for certain types of federal energy grants and other fund raising models, a Limited Liability Corporation named Leelanau Community Energy (LCE) was formed in 2011 as a partnering, for-profit entity. Local investors founded LCE to fund, build and operate wind energy systems. Northport Energy and LCE members devoted much of 2010 and 2011 to working with Village of Northport, Leelanau Township and Leelanau County officials to explain the benefits of renewable energy sources, offering several proposals that culminated in the wind turbine that powers Northport’s Wastewater Treatment Facility today.

Today, Northport Energy members are a diverse group of farmers, engineers, economists, scientists, teachers, attorneys, public administrators, and energy experts - all coming together to pursue that same common interest in renewable energy. 

Northport Energy general membership meetings are open to everyone.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month,
​at 9:00 am in the main conference room at the
Northport Highlands
​215 S. High St. in Northport. 

​2019 Meeting Dates: 1/10, 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12

If you share our passion for renewable energy and a clean environment, consider becoming a member today! 



President: Joe DeFors

Vice President: Jane Gale
Secretary: Jan Rygwelski
Treasurer: Doug McInnis
Lois Bahle, Larry Domine, Peter Wolcott

To accomplish our goals, we have the following committees:

Marketing and Outreach Committee
The mission of the Marketing and Outreach Committee is to establish Northport Energy’s identity as THE sustainable and renewable energy organization on the Leelanau Peninsula.

Projects Committee
The mission of the Projects Committee is to identify, propose and advance renewable energy projects with the goal of transforming the Leelanau Peninsula into a community 100 percent powered by efficient and sustainable energy sources.

Public Policy Committee
The mission of the Public Policy Committee is to identify and research existing and proposed policy issues on the federal,
​state, and local levels that impact renewable energy initiatives on the Leelanau Peninsula
and recommend action plans to the Board of Directors. 

Dark Sky Committee
The mission of the Dark Sky Committee is to engage the community in a discussion on the impact of artificial light
on energy waste, safety, wildlife, human health and night sky heritage.

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