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Displaying items by tag: 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.

Published in Energy
Friday, 04 February 2022 12:40

Growing demand from businesses, residents driving DTE to more renewable energy

DETROIT — DTE Energy is planning to scale up its voluntary renewable energy program because of growing demand from businesses and residents seeking to offset their electricity usage with clean energy sources.

Published in Energy

Thursday, 27 January 2022 18:48

Grand Rapids joins national coalition to reduce emissions through building standards

GRAND RAPIDS — The city of Grand Rapids has joined 32 other state and local governments across the country in the National Building Performance Standard Coalition that the Biden administration rolled out on Jan. 22.

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 14:32

New state law seeks to streamline electric transmission projects, though critics worry about competition and costs

Legislation signed into law late last year by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer aims to speed up the process for building certain electric transmission lines in Michigan, which a major operator says is crucial in helping to facilitate the clean energy transition.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 06 January 2022 09:20

Pipeline expert testifies that state agency is downplaying Line 5 tunnel explosion risk

An oil and gas pipeline expert testifying in a permitting case involving Enbridge’s Line 5 says state energy staffers are downplaying the risk of a potentially catastrophic explosion within a proposed tunnel that would carry oil and propane beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Published in Energy

Wednesday, 22 December 2021 14:41

State regulators approve special electric rates for Consumers, DTE to lure major automotive projects

Roughly a week after lawmakers passed a $1 billion program to incentivize major advanced automotive projects in Michigan, state energy regulators followed suit today by approving special electricity rates to support such industrial projects.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 19 December 2021 12:58

Transmission operator sees key role in economic development, EV charging

While major utilities often garner headlines as power generators and providers, electric transmission companies are often behind the scenes as the critical infrastructure that moves power to customers.

Published in Energy
Friday, 10 December 2021 17:12

Tribal leaders say state’s consultations on Line 5 are lacking

A little more than a year after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Enbridge to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, the state retreated on its key lawsuit seeking to close the twin pipelines.

Published in Energy

Monday, 06 December 2021 16:16

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Major utilities propose economic development rates to attract major projects

Major investor-owned utilities Consumers Energy and DTE Energy are seeking expedited approval from state regulators to create new economic development electricity rates aimed at attracting major manufacturing projects.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 06 December 2021 12:57

Whitmer directive sets goals for federal electric vehicle charging funding

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive directive setting priorities for millions of dollars Michigan is poised to receive under the federal infrastructure bill for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Published in Energy
Friday, 03 December 2021 16:00

Consumers, DTE seek special electric rates for large development projects

Michigan’s two largest investor-owned utilities seek to play a more active role in economic development — particularly in luring advanced manufacturing facilities to the state — with plans to offer new electricity rates for large expansion projects.

Published in Energy

Friday, 03 December 2021 16:00

Holland, Big Rapids eyed for battery manufacturing developments

Advanced automotive battery suppliers are considering a pair of West Michigan cities for new or expanded manufacturing facilities, MiBiz has learned. 

Published in Energy
Wednesday, 17 November 2021 13:16

GR to purchase 12 new diesel, compressed natural gas fleet vehicles with help from $1.4M state grant

GRAND RAPIDS — City officials will leverage more than $1.4 million in state grant funding to buy 12 new diesel- and compressed natural gas-powered fleet vehicles as part of a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Published in Energy
Friday, 12 November 2021 14:29

Corporate climate change goals fuel growth for Grand Rapids energy consultancy

GRAND RAPIDS — Increasing corporate concerns over climate change and growing energy management awareness is fueling growth for Foresight Management. 

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 13:01

GR-based fuel distributor Crystal Flash makes first acquisition outside of Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS — Fuel distributor Crystal Flash Inc. is expanding its service territory in the Midwest following the acquisition of an Illinois-based fuel and propane provider.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 07 November 2021 17:15

Editor's Notebook: Poking the utilities

The state Legislature has been active in recent weeks on energy bills being championed by West Michigan lawmakers. 

Published in Energy
Monday, 01 November 2021 12:07

Coalition plan would direct $600M in federal funds to clean transportation in Michigan

A coalition of energy businesses and clean energy advocates is calling for a $600 million investment of federal pandemic relief funding into clean transportation initiatives.

Published in Energy

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