The Houghton Energy Efficiency Team was formed in the summer of 2014 as a way to help the residents of Houghton County address the looming energy crisis in the Upper Peninsula as well as competing for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. HEET worked with diverse members of the community to develop the Houghton County Energy Plan, which outlines a vision of becoming a model for rural communities. To reach this vision, HEET members connect various groups, residents, businesses and denominations with existing local resources to help save money on their utility bills.
HEET is currently staffed by volunteers passionate about improving energy options for the local community. HEET is collaborating with utilities, schools, municipalities, local businesses and non-profits and volunteer organizations in Houghton County to achieve the goal of saving you money on your energy bills. HEET currently operates solely on volunteers, separate from any governmental or university body and has no source of income.