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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, 06 January 2019 21:16

Electric vehicle study maps optimal statewide charging network

For about $21 million, Michigan can build a statewide network of electric vehicle fast-charging stations to meet anticipated demand by 2030.

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, 23 December 2018 16:58

Crystal Ball 2019 Outlook Q&A: Patti Poppe, CMS Energy Corp.

U.S. power companies are in the middle of a major shift that includes an increased focus on smaller, modular renewable energy projects and less on centralized fossil fuel plants. Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp., the parent company of Consumers Energy, is no different. Following the closure of its “classic seven” coal plants in 2016, Consumers released its long-term energy vision in June that spans the next two decades. 

Published in Energy
Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:45

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.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 25 November 2018 21:34

Grand Haven next in West Michigan to transition from coal

GRAND HAVEN — Yet another West Michigan coal plant will be laid to rest after officials in Grand Haven adopted a plan to transition the city’s utility to more natural gas and renewable energy.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 11 November 2018 21:28

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.

Published in Energy
Friday, 09 November 2018 12:32

GR energy developer to buy DuPont biorefinery in Iowa

GRAND RAPIDS — A West Michigan-based energy developer is acquiring an Iowa ethanol plant from DuPont Industrial Biosciences.

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

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
Thursday, 08 December 2016 09:37

Palisades Power Plant in SW Michigan to close in 2018

Entergy Corp. announced this morning that it will close the Palisades Power Plant in Southwest Michigan.

Published in Breaking News
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