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Displaying items by tag: Consumers 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
Sunday, 04 March 2018 17:38

Muskegon Lake’s rebirth opens city to new water-focused uses

Similar to the city that borders its shores, Muskegon Lake’s progress has experienced setbacks and successes, with many different groups working behind the scenes to position the lake as an attractive place to live, work and play.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:17

Refunds ahead? Utility customers to receive millions in rate reductions under federal tax reform

Utility customers across the state could be refunded hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of the federal tax overhaul that passed in December, reducing the corporate income tax rate.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 10 December 2017 13:04

Independent renewable energy producers to appeal regulatory decision on payments

A group of independent power producers are vowing to appeal a recent Michigan Public Service Commission ruling affecting how their facilities are compensated by Consumers Energy for the electricity they produce.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Life after Palisades: Despite extension to keep nuclear plant open until 2022, SW Mich. braces for economic impact

COVERT — Officials in Van Buren County felt a sense of relief last month when one of its largest employers and sources of tax revenue pledged to stay in the community for four more years.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

Newaygo County waste-to-energy plant reopens under new owners, management

FREMONT — A shuttered waste-to-energy power plant in Newaygo County has reopened under new owners and management after abruptly closing two years ago.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 03 September 2017 16:43

‘The fix is in’: Groups say utilities threaten choice market as new energy laws take effect

An ongoing case before the Michigan Public Service Commission over maintaining adequate electricity supplies into the future is prompting concerns over rising energy costs and unnecessarily spending $1 billion on new power plants.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 03 September 2017 16:41

Consumers Energy program targets businesses to help reduce energy demand

Jackson-based Consumers Energy is targeting hundreds of its business customers statewide in an effort to reduce energy demand during times when the electric grid is most stressed.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:45

Amid regulatory shakeup, cautious optimism emerges among small power plant operators

Small, independently owned power plants across Michigan are locked in a battle with Jackson-based Consumers Energy over what may very well decide their fate.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 28 May 2017 16:35

Utility proposal would increase renewable energy access to large corporate customers

Jackson-based Consumers Energy says it hears loud and clear the message from a growing number of large Michigan businesses that want their electricity to come from renewable sources.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 14 May 2017 13:26

Port project at former Muskegon coal plant aims to tap into region’s ag industry

MUSKEGON — As a result of the challenging economics of maintaining decades-old coal plants, communities nationwide have wrestled with how to replace lost tax revenue and repurpose large industrial brownfield sites when those facilities close.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 14 May 2017 13:05

California firm buys, plans to reopen Fremont bioenergy facility

FREMONT — After closing abruptly two years ago, a state-of-the-art biodigester facility in Newaygo County is getting a second life from one of the nation’s leading clean energy investors.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 30 April 2017 15:23

After year of uncertainty, Michigan solar companies now share optimistic outlook

Executives in Michigan’s solar energy industry spent most of 2016 dealing with anxiety and uncertainty over proposed legislative changes most believed would have stifled growth in the state’s nascent sector.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:58

Energy efficiency, more renewables will be key amid ‘explosive’ growth of data centers

About 20 years ago, energy experts predicted a major challenge with producing the amount of electricity needed to accommodate the huge growth of the internet and storing companies’ data on energy-intensive servers.

Published in Other
Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:09

State regulators to sort out EV policy questions between utilities, private companies

Roughly a year ago, Jackson-based Consumers Energy became the first major utility in Michigan to propose a statewide network of electric vehicle charging stations.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:29

Future of Palisades nuclear plant in the hands of state regulators

Jackson-based Consumers Energy remains in discussions with the Michigan Public Service Commission over its plan to end an agreement to buy electricity from the Palisades nuclear plant in Van Buren County.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 08 December 2016 09:37

Palisades Power Plant in SW Michigan to close in 2018

Entergy Corp. announced this morning that it will close the Palisades Power Plant in Southwest Michigan.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 27 November 2016 15:40

Energy bills head to lame-duck showdown; House Republicans, biz groups split

LANSING — Sweeping energy policy reform that has taken nearly two years to move through the state Legislature could face a contentious debate during the remaining days of the post-election lame duck session.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 18 September 2016 13:13

Charged debate? Firms raise concerns over Consumers Energy’s EV charging network plan

As Jackson-based Consumers Energy looks to build a statewide electric vehicle charging network, other companies in the sector have raised concerns about maintaining competition in the marketplace, both for vendors and drivers.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 August 2016 14:28

The Trump Effect? Tight West Michigan House races may swing against business-backed candidates

At least two Republican-controlled state House seats in West Michigan are expected to be competitive in the Nov. 8 election as Democrats set lofty goals to retake a majority in the lower chamber.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 07 August 2016 13:43

Q&A: Erin Kuhn Executive Director, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission

Marketing and rebranding the Port of Muskegon — the only natural deepwater commercial port on West Michigan’s coast — continues to be a priority for public and private stakeholders across the region. The goal: Creating a regional logistics hub offering a variety of transportation options to better move goods. Much of the work is overseen by Muskegon-based West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC), a four-county planning and development agency. Last month, the group hosted Port Day to showcase their efforts to the business community. MiBiz spoke with WMSRDC’s Executive Director Erin Kuhn to discuss the group’s efforts. 

Published in Q&A

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