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Monday, 06 February 2023 17:12

Michigan electric co-op lands $262.8M federal loan for electric, fiber infrastructure

BOYNE CITY — A northwestern Michigan electric cooperative and internet provider has secured a $262.8 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build and improve 438 miles of electric grid infrastructure and 2,420 miles of fiber network.

Published in Energy
Monday, 23 January 2023 12:36

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Group envisions parks, renewable energy at former Michigan coal plants

A Chicago-based environmental law group is launching a new initiative this year to work with Michigan utilities and local governments on potentially repurposing closed or soon-to-retire coal plants with public amenities and renewable energy generation.

Published in Energy
Friday, 20 January 2023 16:29

Consumers Energy to open solar program for thousands more homeowners, businesses

LANSING — State regulators have approved an agreement between Consumers Energy and more than a dozen interest groups that will open a solar energy program to potentially thousands more homeowners and businesses.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 17 January 2023 14:58

‘Power plants to parklands’: Initiative explores public access, clean energy at former Michigan coal plants

A Midwest environmental law group is launching a “major new” initiative this year to work with utilities, municipalities and conservation groups to study the potential reuse of Michigan coal plants as public parkland as well as renewable energy production.

Published in Energy
Monday, 09 January 2023 18:13

Mid-Michigan energy storage company raising $50M to boost production as renewables come online

CLARE — A mid-Michigan energy storage manufacturer is raising $50 million in capital to scale up production of its lead-acid battery technology, which executives say will be crucial to accompany growing amounts of intermittent renewable energy generation.

Published in Energy
Friday, 30 December 2022 13:10

Family owned C-store operator Davis Oil acquired by Majors Management

BATTLE CREEK — Davis Oil Co., a convenience store operator with 21 locations in West Michigan, has sold to Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Majors Management LLC. 

Published in Energy

Sunday, 18 December 2022 18:00

Michigan’s clean energy transition continues with federal laws, utility plans, state political shift

Two months ago, a group of environmental and clean energy groups issued a report examining how well Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s climate change action plan would actually meet its target of statewide net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Published in Energy
Monday, 12 December 2022 09:08

Consumers Energy examining potential for clean energy at former coal plants

Michigan’s second-largest electric utility is studying the potential to repurpose two soon-to-close coal plants with clean energy such as solar and battery storage.

Published in Energy
Wednesday, 30 November 2022 21:05

Startup racks up investments to scale battery manufacturing at Meadowbrook plant in Holland

HOLLAND — An equity investment from United Airlines Ventures could allow a startup advanced battery company to ramp up production in Holland via a partnership with automotive battery supplier Clarios International Inc. 

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 21 November 2022 18:04

State energy regulator says Palisades denial ‘obviously disappointing,’ but other clean energy routes exist

COVERT TWP. — While the recent denial of funding to reopen the Palisades nuclear power plant handicaps Michigan’s short-term emission-reduction goals, the state’s top energy regulator says new federal laws will create additional clean energy opportunities.

Published in Energy
Monday, 31 October 2022 17:11

Inflation Reduction Act a ‘great tailwind’ for utility clean energy plans

Michigan’s two largest investor-owned utilities say tax credit provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act will speed up their investments in solar, wind and battery storage and could lead them to owning more facilities that earn a return on those investments.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 27 October 2022 10:48

SW Mich. automation manufacturer to add 100 jobs, expands footprint to accommodate growth

SHOREHAM — Southwest Michigan automation manufacturer Eagle Technologies Group will add 100 jobs by 2024 and is leasing additional engineering and manufacturing space near St. Joseph to accommodate recent growth.

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 24 October 2022 16:25

Autocam Medical invests in clean energy at new Kentwood HQ

KENTWOOD — Contract medical device manufacturer Autocam Medical Devices LLC is embracing a suite of clean energy products at its new 120,000-square-foot Kentwood headquarters, including a large solar installation and energy efficiency technologies.

Published in Energy
Monday, 17 October 2022 15:44

Q&A: Chicago Fed auto policy adviser discusses EV transition, incentives competition

The global transition to electric vehicles and low-carbon transportation is well underway and creating a high-stakes competition among countries, and even states, to capture the associated manufacturing jobs.

Published in Energy
Wednesday, 12 October 2022 14:39

Advanced transportation driving Michigan clean energy job growth, report finds

The advanced transportation sector is driving Michigan’s clean energy job growth that has experienced steady increases after a pandemic-related downturn. 

Published in Energy

Wednesday, 05 October 2022 11:17

‘HISTORY IS BEING MADE’: State board approves incentives for 2 major battery manufacturing projects

A state board has approved hundreds of millions of dollars in tax exemptions and performance-based grants to help lure two large battery manufacturing projects that promise more than 4,000 jobs and nearly $4 billion in investment.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 04 October 2022 19:23

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Butterworth landfill solar project could advance following settlement agreement

A long-discussed plan for a large solar project at the former Butterworth landfill in Grand Rapids could be moving forward under a recent settlement agreement approved by state energy regulators.

Monday, 03 October 2022 19:49

Recent settlement could clear path for long-planned Grand Rapids landfill solar project

GRAND RAPIDS — A recent settlement agreement approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission could finally create a viable path forward for a long-discussed solar project on a Grand Rapids brownfield.

Published in Energy

Thursday, 29 September 2022 13:53

Hope College, Ottawa Co. partnering on EV charging needs assessment

Hope College is partnering with local officials to determine Ottawa County’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure needs in the coming years as automakers and utilities forecast increased vehicle adoption.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 25 September 2022 18:58

Corporate demand drives new renewable energy projects across Michigan

Over the past few years, corporate demand for cleaner energy to power their operations has directly led to the development of large-scale wind and solar projects across Michigan.

Published in Energy
Monday, 12 September 2022 12:30

Several ‘moving parts’ as Palisades owner seeks to reopen SW Mich. nuclear plant

COVERT TWP. — The odds of a Southwest Michigan nuclear plant coming back to life after recently closing have improved as the owner pursues targeted federal funding for distressed nuclear facilities.

Published in Energy

Monday, 05 September 2022 14:24

West Mich. startup launches ‘carbon-free boating as a service’

Dana Lowell and his co-founders at Lilypad Labs Inc. have set out to change the way we think about accessing water — an abundant resource in West Michigan that at times can be out of reach for some.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 16 August 2022 10:41

Local wind and solar jobs can counteract losses at retiring coal plants, U-M study finds

The wind and solar industries could fully replace the number of lost jobs at U.S. coal-fired power plants that are expected to close to meet emission-reduction targets, a recent University of Michigan study has found.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 04 August 2022 21:29

Once-vetoed solar taxation bills resurface with changes to build local support

Legislation similar to bills that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed in 2020 involving the taxation of commercial solar energy developments was reintroduced this summer with changes to gain broader support from local governments.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 11:15

Michigan plans $110M statewide electric vehicle charging network

Multiple highway corridors through West Michigan would land high-speed electric vehicle charging stations in the coming years under a plan submitted last week for federal infrastructure funding.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 24 July 2022 19:44

Breach of contract dispute surrounds early closure plan for Ottawa Co. coal plant 

PORT SHELDON TWP. — Consumers Energy’s recently approved plan to shut down the J.H. Campbell coal plant in Ottawa County in 2025 has caused a breach of contract dispute between the utility and another electricity provider.

Published in Energy
Friday, 22 July 2022 12:54

State energy regulator sees no need for panic over electricity shortages

Katherine Peretick was appointed to the Michigan Public Service Commission in 2021 for a term that expires in 2027. In that time, Michigan and other states are transitioning through a crucial moment for the energy and utility industries as hulking, centralized fossil fuel plants are displaced by clean energy technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:39

New economic drivers envisioned to replace Palisades nuclear plant loss

COVERT TWP. — Southwest Michigan economic development officials are hoping to lure new employers to the region to help offset the job losses from the retirement of the Palisades nuclear power plant along Lake Michigan.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 07 July 2022 18:53

Regulators reopen Line 5 case calling for more safety assurances from Enbridge

Michigan energy regulators have reopened a case involving Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline and the company’s request to build an underground tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac, calling for more information on the line’s current and future safety.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 05 July 2022 12:14

Michigan leads states in energy-sector job growth, federal report finds

Michigan added more energy-sector jobs than any other state in 2021, boosted primarily by the automotive industry and growing attention to hybrid and electric vehicle models.

Published in Energy

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