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Displaying items by tag: Consumers Energy

Sunday, 02 February 2020 16:40

Backers hope new VC fund spurs more inclusive West Michigan economy

GRAND RAPIDS — The Right Place Inc.’s new venture capital fund plans to target investments toward an area of the economy where capital historically has flowed the least: startups and businesses owned by racial and ethnic minorities.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 19 January 2020 17:00

‘Electrify everything’: Rural cooperatives can help decarbonize the power grid, advocates say

Ric Evans has yet to find the electric stove he wants to install in his rural Northern Michigan home, but everything else inside is powered by electricity, including the water heater and an air source heat pump.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:08

Developers increasingly weigh adding solar installations to projects

GRAND RAPIDS — The 308 solar panels installed atop St. James Apartments and Townhomes will help reduce electricity costs included in the rents for residents in the project’s 36 affordable housing units. 


Sunday, 22 December 2019 14:45

Energy Outlook: Solar and electric vehicles on Michigan’s horizon

The beginnings of a large-scale solar power build-out, bolstering electric vehicle infrastructure and preparing a power grid of the future are among Michigan’s top energy-related trends expected in 2020.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 08 December 2019 18:30

Michigan among leaders in clean energy jobs, but advocates push for more policy change

Michigan ranks among the top Midwestern states for clean energy jobs, but environmental advocates say further policy changes are needed to push the state from “good” to “great.”

Published in Energy
Sunday, 20 October 2019 13:09

Whitmer, MPSC initiative prioritizes grid modernization in clean energy transition

Clean energy advocates praised a Thursday announcement by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer highlighting the need to modernize the state’s power grid as it shifts from coal-fired power. 

Published in Energy

Sunday, 13 October 2019 17:00

State regulators issue energy assessment amid transition from coal

The polar vortex early this year strained Michigan’s energy supply as the state experiences an “unprecedented shift” in the way it produces power and relies more heavily on natural gas and renewables, according to state regulators.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 29 September 2019 19:43

Utility agreement marks shift for future solar energy projects

A settlement agreement approved in September between Consumers Energy and multiple solar energy developers triggers a large-scale buildout across the Lower Peninsula, but also marks a shift in the way the utility will contract for solar power in the future.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 15 September 2019 18:30

Holland leads with energy financing program, but work remains

HOLLAND — A financing program in Holland that helps residents pay for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades remains one of the only such programs in Michigan, and could be a model for more to come. 

Published in Energy

Sunday, 08 September 2019 13:46

Consumers Energy plans large-scale solar buy in Calhoun County

Consumers Energy announced plans Thursday to purchase a majority of the output from a large-scale solar project in Calhoun County, among the first deals under the utility’s shift to renewable energy.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 01 September 2019 20:00

Grand Rapids explores potential for solar power at 8 sites

GRAND RAPIDS — City officials are reviving plans for a solar project at a former Grand Rapids landfill as the city sorts through broader questions about potential generation at seven other city-owned properties.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 25 August 2019 12:00

Holland company lands $200k federal grant to advance energy storage technology

HOLLAND — A lakeshore company has received $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance the development of utility-scale energy storage.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 18 August 2019 18:00

ENERGY: Environmental groups and utilities brace for energy-intensive cannabis operations

Michigan has had its share of blackouts and brownouts over the years. Could “greenouts” be on the horizon? 

Published in Energy
Sunday, 11 August 2019 12:10

Consumers Energy settlement could lead to hundreds of megawatts of solar power

A proposed settlement between Consumers Energy and independent power producers could lead to hundreds of megawatts of solar power being built within the next four years.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:10

Lawmakers plan statewide electric vehicle charging network

bipartisan group of state lawmakers wants Michigan to be a national leader in building out a connected network of electric vehicle charging stations, a key barrier to adoption as automakers plan more electric models for customers. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 07 July 2019 19:00

DTE, Consumers commit to spending $15B with diverse, Michigan-based companies

Michigan’s largest utilities are giving a substantial boost to an economic development program launched by former Gov. Rick Snyder, committing to spend billions of additional dollars with in-state suppliers over the next five years.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

INCUBATING ACTIVITY: Convention center, FARM incubator and projects add to Muskegon

MUSKEGON — City leaders continue to explore ways to move Muskegon’s retail sector forward by enhancing business districts outside of the downtown core.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:23

DeWys Manufacturing to invest $6.9 million in Ottawa County expansion, create 41 jobs

MARNE – Metal fabricator DeWys Manufacturing Inc. will invest nearly $7 million over three years in a 30,000-square-foot expansion to its existing facility in Wright Township.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 14 April 2019 20:26

West Michigan coal plant would get closer look under Consumers agreement

The closure date of a large coal plant along the Lake Michigan shoreline could be moved up under a proposed settlement agreement between Consumers Energy and multiple environmental and energy groups. In late March, the Jackson-based utility announced it had reached a deal with groups over its long-term energy plan, which includes closing all of its coal units and building out thousands of megawatts of solar energy by 2040.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:51

Whitmer appoints clean energy backer to MPSC

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed former state representative and clean energy advocate Dan Scripps to the Michigan Public Service Commission on Feb. 8, filling a key vacancy as the administration brings a heightened focus to renewable energy and climate change.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 20 January 2019 23:46

State utility regulators seek to address backlog in solar development

The Michigan Public Service Commission has started what could be a two-year process to govern how renewable energy projects are connected to the electric grid. The plan to make new interconnection rules seeks to resolve an unprecedented backlog of requests from independent power producers to build solar projects at a time when utility customers increasingly are turning to solar for self-generation.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 23 December 2018 17:03

Crystal Ball 2019 Energy Outlook: Michigan’s 2019 energy future still firmly rooted in 2016

It’s been two years since the Legislature passed sweeping energy reform bills, yet the laws remain front and center for those working behind the scenes on energy policy.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 11 November 2018 21:28

Staying Charged: Advocates look to keep electric vehicle momentum going into 2019

Planning for a more electrified transportation future gained steam in Michigan this year with multiple spending plans totaling $85 million, as well as a series of in-depth policy discussions among a cross-section of stakeholders.

Published in Energy
Friday, 02 November 2018 12:35

As election looms, Business Leaders for Michigan pushes education focus, policy consistency

DETROIT — With just days to go before a “divisive” election, the state’s business roundtable sought to stay out of politics and instead focus on Michigan’s future growth opportunities during its annual conference.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 28 October 2018 16:01

Corporate demand for renewable energy to drive new projects in Michigan

As Switch Ltd. planned a new data center in Gaines Township outside Grand Rapids three years ago, the company considered it critical that Consumers Energy could power the facility entirely with renewable energy.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 09 September 2018 22:26

Sponsored Content: Your One-Stop Approach to Small Business Energy Management

For many small business owners, the idea of trying to manage energy usage and utility relationships can be a bit overwhelming. Would energy efficiency upgrades really impact a bottom line? Who can assist when there are outage issues? Is the price being paid for service at the correct rate?

Published in Sponsored content
Saturday, 07 July 2018 13:08

Energy developers unclear of role as Consumers plans major shift toward solar

Consumers Energy plans a major shift to solar energy over the next two decades, but the extent to which the Jackson-based utility will rely on third-party developers eager to build projects in Michigan remains unclear. 

Published in Energy

Thursday, 10 May 2018 14:13

Consumers Energy signs co-location deal with Switch

Michigan’s largest energy provider has inked a new deal with data center operator Switch Ltd. at its facility in Gaines Township in southern Kent County.

Published in Breaking News
Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:22

Consumers Energy plans $20 million regional HQ on Grand Rapids’ west side

Jackson-based energy provider Consumers Energy plans to build a six-story, $20 million regional headquarters on Grand Rapids’ west side.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 04 March 2018 18:46

Amid transition to clean energy, utilities tackle water conservation

While closing coal-fired power plants is often lauded for improving air quality, it’s also saving billions of gallons of water a year from being withdrawn from the Great Lakes and local resources.

Published in Economic Development

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