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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
Thursday, 23 April 2020 10:44

Business Leaders for Michigan CEO to retire

The chief executive of Business Leaders for Michigan, a statewide business roundtable of top CEOs and university presidents, plans to retire at the end of the year.

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

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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
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, 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, 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, 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, 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

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