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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.
Scripps appointed to Michigan Public Service Commission
Former Democratic legislator Dan Scripps has been appointed to the Michigan Public Service Commission, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today.
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.
Bills aim to clear confusion over solar panel taxation
Business and clean energy advocates are aligned in support of state legislation that clarifies the tax-exempt status of small-scale renewable energy systems.
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.
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.
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.
Utility-backed program to replace net metering faces opposition
Solar industry advocates are dismayed by a recent Michigan Public Service Commission decision that phases out net metering after June 1.
2018 energy outlook: Putting laws into action and eliminating barriers to clean energy
A year ago, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a pair of comprehensive, bipartisan energy bills that expanded the state’s clean energy standards and charted a new course for how various utility programs are overseen by state regulators.
Trade dispute causing uncertainty for national, statewide solar industry
The call for new tariffs on imported solar panels has the potential to upend the solar energy industry nationwide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For business groups, outlook is grim on proposed energy reform
Even though a pair of sweeping energy reform bills advanced in the state Senate late last month, key business groups stood opposed to the plans.