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Displaying items by tag: Consumers Energy

Sunday, 22 November 2020 13:56

Q&A: Megan Sall Rydecki, Community Affairs Manager for Kent County, Consumers Energy

Megan Sall Rydecki comes to Consumers Energy amid major short- and long-term changes at the state’s largest energy provider. Not only is the company in the early stages of a sweeping 20-year transition to clean energy, but its charismatic leader, President and CEO Patti Poppe, last week announced a new job leading California’s largest utility, PG&E Corp., effective Dec. 1.

Published in Energy
Wednesday, 18 November 2020 08:03

Consumers Energy CEO stepping down to lead California’s largest utility

JACKSON — CMS Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe is leaving the Jackson-based utility to lead San Francisco-based utility PG&E Corp., effective Dec. 1.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:51

Customers, installers on edge as key solar energy program nears cap

key program that has incentivized small-scale solar projects in recent years is nearing its cap in two utility service territories.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 11:44

DTE, Consumers join major utilities in electric vehicle charging pledge

Michigan’s two major investor-owned utilities are joining other large Midwest power companies in pledging to build out an interstate charging network to support more widespread electric vehicle adoption.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 01 September 2020 15:27

DTE Energy plans major two-year solar energy buildout to meet corporate demand

DTE Energy plans to significantly expand its solar energy portfolio in the next two years to support growing corporate demand for renewable energy contracts.

Published in Energy
Monday, 17 August 2020 10:36

Consumers Energy hosting forums on next phase of clean energy plan

Consumers Energy is hosting a series of virtual public forums over the next several months to gather public input on the next phase of its long-term clean energy plan.

Published in Energy

Friday, 31 July 2020 14:03

Four electric vehicle fast-charging stations now operating under utility rebate program

Four electric vehicle fast-charging stations are now operating along major highway corridors in the Lower Peninsula as part of the state’s and major utilities’ efforts to build supportive infrastructure allowing for EV growth.

Published in Energy
Monday, 20 July 2020 14:27

Business Leaders for Michigan PAC contributes $100,000 to civil rights expansion campaign

The political advocacy arm of Business Leaders for Michigan, a roundtable composed of some of the state’s largest companies, has contributed $100,000 to a ballot initiative to expand Michigan’s civil rights law to include LGBTQ protections.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 24 June 2020 10:26

DTE natural gas company pledges net zero emissions by 2050

DTE Energy’s natural gas subsidiary has pledged to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a series of actions involving suppliers, customers and its own infrastructure, aligning with long-term goals for the utility’s electricity operations.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:58

After 2020 cancellation, future of ArtPrize remains unclear

After canceling this year’s ArtPrize because of concerns over COVID-19, organizers of Grand Rapids’ flagship arts event and the largest art competition in the world have avoided questions about whether it will return.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:40

‘A LITTLE LIGHT:’ Landmark LGBTQ ruling sets stage for statewide civil rights action, debate over religious exemptions

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 15 bars workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and also highlights additional work that needs to be done in Michigan. 

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 10:30

Remediation, property sale complete at former Muskegon coal plant site

MUSKEGON — The former B.C. Cobb coal plant on Muskegon Lake is anticipated to be “one of the top marine port terminals” on the Great Lakes after officials announced today the site’s remediation and sale to a new owner.


Wednesday, 03 June 2020 11:40

HopCat parent company BarFly Ventures files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

GRAND RAPIDS — BarFly Ventures LLC, the parent company of the HopCat chain of beer bars, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 25 May 2020 14:55

DTE, Consumers shareholders reject calls for more political spending disclosures

Shareholders of Michigan’s two major investor-owned utilities have recently rejected calls for more transparency on the companies’ contributions to tax-exempt nonprofit advocacy groups.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 21:35

MiBiz Growth Report: May 27, 2020

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 27, 2020.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 10 May 2020 17:37

Renewable energy, transmission build-out needed in Lower Peninsula as plants close

Michigan needs a swift build-out of renewable energy and, in the longer term, more transmission projects to account for the energy shortfall that will grow as more coal and nuclear plants are retired.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 07 May 2020 16:34

Michigan solar installers return to work under new guidelines

Michigan solar energy installers have been gearing up over the past week to return to work today following an executive order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that opens construction, real estate and some manufacturing sectors.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:52

COVID-19 wipes out clean energy job gains as regulators explore effect on utilities

The coronavirus has wiped out recent statewide clean energy job gains as Michigan companies take a patchwork approach to continuing work during the pandemic.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 11:03

MPSC: Consumers Energy driving wave of solar development in Michigan

A wave of independently owned solar projects planned in Michigan is driven largely by contracts with Consumers Energy, which has long-term plans to significantly boost its solar portfolio.

Published in Energy
Monday, 06 April 2020 05:00

Four Michigan cities are national leaders in energy efficiency

Four Michigan small cities rank among the top 10 of their peers nationally for energy efficiency based on the number of buildings saving electricity, costs and greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 29 March 2020 18:30

CRISIS MODE: West Michigan execs talk leadership strategies amid pandemic

As a global pandemic began to hit West Michigan, executives around the region stepped up to lead their organizations and their employees through the time of crisis. 

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 16:49

Consumers Energy continues construction while DTE halts plans

Michigan’s two major investor-owned utilities are taking divergent paths when it comes to building new energy projects as the state escalates actions to contain the coronavirus.

Published in Energy
Monday, 23 March 2020 10:16

Consumers CEO donates $1M to help Jackson businesses

Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe announced this morning she and her husband have made a $1 million personal donation to a new fund supporting small businesses in Jackson, where the utility is headquartered.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 16 March 2020 08:32

Consumers Energy suspends shutoffs for seniors, low-income customers

Jackson-based Consumers Energy says it will suspend shutoffs for non-pay for seniors and low-income customers starting today until April 5, citing “unprecedented circumstances” surrounding the spread of coronavirus.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 15 March 2020 18:30

Former Muskegon coal plant site preps for next phase under new owners

Developers are finalizing the decommissioning of the former B.C. Cobb coal plant in Muskegon as the 115-acre site assumes new ownership and a sole focus as a port terminal facility.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 15 March 2020 18:00

Utilities oppose bipartisan solar bills backed by installers, clean energy groups

Michigan’s two major investor-owned utilities remain opposed to a series of bills that supporters say are needed to grow the state’s nascent solar industry.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 08 March 2020 18:30

Utility regulators approve energy efficiency programs for low-income customers

The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved plans to expand energy efficiency programs for low-income customers of the state’s two major utilities.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 01 March 2020 19:10

Environmental groups praise Consumers for new 2040 clean energy target

Consumers Energy has upped the ante on its own long-term clean energy plan, announcing in late February it expects to hit net-zero carbon emissions for its electricity portfolio by 2040 as part of its climate change efforts.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 16 February 2020 19:40

Grand Haven weighs energy options after Sims coal plant closure

GRAND HAVEN — The J.B. Sims power plant in Grand Haven burned its last supply of coal this month, but local officials are still debating plans for the city’s long-term energy portfolio.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 02 February 2020 19:05

West Michigan renewable energy projects: wind out, solar in

After plans for a wind energy project north of Grand Rapids fell apart late last year, a separate developer is looking to use hundreds of acres of rural land in Montcalm County for solar.

Published in Energy

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