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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
Thursday, 23 June 2022 16:47

Regulators approve Consumers Energy’s ‘historic’ plan to shutter West Mich. coal plant in 2025, speed up energy storage

The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved Consumers Energy’s latest long-term energy plan that calls for eliminating its coal-fired power in 2025 while also speeding up the deployment of energy storage.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022 10:45

Michigan-based biofuel producers receive $8.6M in targeted federal pandemic relief

Two Michigan-based biofuel producers have received a total of nearly $8.7 million in federal relief to help recover from unexpected losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 07 June 2022 11:56

Advanced energy ‘roadmap’ offers plan to spend federal infrastructure funding

A statewide advanced energy trade group recently released a “roadmap” for the state to maximize hundreds of millions of dollars in federal infrastructure funding in the coming years.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 26 May 2022 18:31

State, partners launch lakeshore electric vehicle charging network in Holland

HOLLAND — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared in Holland today to launch a partnership with an electric vehicle manufacturer, a nonprofit and energy companies to build out an electric vehicle charging network in state parks along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 13:53

Energy management consultant discusses SEC climate disclosure proposal

In late March, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a sweeping proposal that would require publicly traded companies to disclose climate change risks that are likely to affect their business, as well as their direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 08 May 2022 18:28

Increasing home energy efficiency funding confronts lack of available contractors

Clean energy and housing advocates in Michigan are working to spend down an increasing amount of weatherization funds with a shrinking pool of contractors at their disposal. 

Published in Energy
Sunday, 08 May 2022 18:13

Lakeshore energy reinvention: From Ludington to Covert, the West Michigan lakeshore is undergoing a swift energy transition

The global energy transition that is underway to combat the worst effects of climate change can be encapsulated along roughly 125 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 13:22

CMS Energy, Spectrum Health partnering on solar array to help power GR rehabilitation facility

GRAND RAPIDS — CMS Energy and Spectrum Health West Michigan are partnering on a new solar energy project that will help meet the power needs at a planned 80-bed subacute rehabilitation center on the city’s northeast side.

Published in Energy
Monday, 25 April 2022 17:40

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Palisades nuclear plant now in limbo

The planned May 31 closure date of the Palisades nuclear power plant in Van Buren County is now in limbo after federal officials last week issued guidance on a new $6 billion program to save operating U.S. nuclear plant.

Published in Energy
Friday, 22 April 2022 10:04

Consumers, DTE sue contractor over ‘defective work,’ project delays in $500M Ludington pumped storage plant upgrade

Michigan’s two major electric utilities that jointly own the Ludington Pumped Hydro Storage power plant along Lake Michigan claim the contractor hired for a $500 million upgrade of the facility has “delivered defective work” and is failing to meet contractual deadlines.

Published in Energy

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 08:00

Efforts underway to save Palisades nuclear plant from closing

COVERT — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state energy regulators now see a path to keep the Palisades Power Plant in Van Buren County open beyond its scheduled May 31 closing date in hopes of preserving hundreds of jobs and a major clean energy resource.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 19 April 2022 13:36

Palisades owner details upcoming job losses tied to nuclear plant closure

COVERT — The owner of the Palisades nuclear power plant in Southwest Michigan disclosed last week that 184 jobs will be eliminated soon after the plant permanently closes on May 31.

Published in Energy
Monday, 18 April 2022 16:09

Michigan businesses join call for state climate action plan with 2050 carbon-neutral target

Major automakers, craft breweries and an outdoor recreation resort are among Michigan companies calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to finalize a statewide climate action plan that includes a carbon neutral target by 2050.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 05 April 2022 13:00

Food producer The GFB to offset Kentwood facility’s power usage with renewables

KENTWOOD — Certified B Corp and food producer The GFB: The Gluten Free Bar is now participating in a Consumers Energy program to offset its Kentwood production facility’s electricity usage entirely with renewable energy.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 29 March 2022 12:01

Federal funding could accelerate cleanup of abandoned oil and gas wells in Michigan

Michigan is seeking more than $30 million in federal funding to accelerate the cleanup of hundreds of abandoned oil and gas wells across the state.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 15 March 2022 13:39

Longtime Great Lakes Energy employee set to take over as president, CEO

BOYNE CITY — Michigan’s largest member-owned electric utility is poised for new leadership as Shaun Lamp prepares to take over as president and CEO of Great Lakes Energy on March 19.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 08 March 2022 11:12

Meijer to offset carbon emissions with Texas solar power contract

WALKER — Meijer Inc. has signed a 15-year contract to purchase output from a large-scale solar project in Texas under an agreement that will offset the retailer’s carbon emissions.

Published in Energy
Monday, 21 February 2022 12:29

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Consumers Energy supporting EV charging rollout

Consumers Energy announced plans today that it will issue 200 rebates over the next two years to help offset the cost for site hosts to install electric vehicle charging stations.

Published in Energy
Monday, 21 February 2022 05:55

Consumers Energy plans 200 more electric vehicle chargers over next 2 years

JACKSON — Consumers Energy plans to provide 200 rebates for electric vehicle charging stations in its Lower Peninsula service territory over the next two years.

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