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Arn Boezaart is retiring from the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center on June 30, where he’s served as director for the last five years. Grand Valley State University’s MAREC struggled at its inception, but has since gained footing through its research partnerships and economic development activities as a business incubator. Boezaart sat down with MiBiz to discuss the center’s next chapter.

Michigan’s energy sector is at a crossroads. While a chorus of experts and energy firms advocate for higher state mandates and the development of more renewable energy projects, many industry professionals face a period of uncertainty.

Despite claims that Michigan’s climate is less than ideal for widespread solar energy production, one new program aims to show solar is both possible and scalable in the state.

Lawmakers in Lansing this year will be focusing on policies that will help secure Michigan’s energy future.

Michigan companies created about 1,100 new clean energy jobs in the third quarter of 2013.

Consumers Energy is in the process of installing its new smart meters for residential and small business customers in Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa, Allegan, Newaygo and Kent counties.

Large logistics providers are leveraging technology-based tools to save energy and make their businesses more efficient, and they’re increasingly sharing that expertise with smaller companies in the supply chain.

Meet ORION, UPS’s newest routing system

Written by | Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:00 |

While UPS developed successful programs such as Roadnet and Territory Planner, it continues to look for new ways to improve the efficiency of its logistics routing. One new program is On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation, or ORION, according to a report this month in Forbes.

While Michigan’s energy stakeholders don’t always agree with one another, they will at least have a common framework for understanding the state’s energy situation next month.

Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben has become a prominent figure in the national discourse about global warming. Having led the largest act of civil disobedience in 30 years in the nation’s capital to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline, McKibben even spent time in jail for his actions, but his cause won out — at least for now.

West Michigan companies that want to watch their energy usage but lack the in-house capabilities to manage it effectively have a new local option: outsourced energy management.

Energy Pitch: Butterworth Landfill solar array

Written by | Monday, 30 September 2013 15:52 |

One project pitch that’s being discussed at the Energy Leaders Forum is a proposed large-scale solar array at the Butterworth Landfill site in Grand Rapids. With the help of a $30,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant for engineering services, the City of Grand Rapids hired a consultant to help determine the project’s feasibility.

As Michigan approaches a key deadline for the implementation of renewable energy across the state, a new draft report shows the utilities should have no problem complying with the mandates.

Energy efficiency may be a hot topic among some business leaders and elected officials in state government, but companies doing work in the field say more education is needed to demystify the rapidly evolving technology.

FREMONT — The company responsible for implementing one of Michigan’s first large-scale electricity-producing biodigesters has its sights set on putting some of the plant’s byproducts to work.

Given the ongoing recovery of the manufacturing sector, one Muskegon-based company that makes lighting for industrial equipment believes its future is particularly bright. 

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