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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
Monday, 25 October 2021 13:02

Utilities launch campaign as advocates, lawmakers ramp up community solar pressure

Michigan’s two largest investor-owned utilities have launched an “education campaign” as clean energy advocates tout the potential economic benefits of community solar energy and as lawmakers consider bills on the topic that the utilities oppose.

Published in Energy

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 16:34

Industrial electric customers could choose power supplier under new bill

A state lawmaker from West Michigan has introduced legislation that would give industrial electric customers an opportunity to select alternative power suppliers in what supporters say is an effort to reduce electric costs and attract investments.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 19 October 2021 12:15

MSU study forecasts economic benefits from expanded community solar development

EAST LANSING — Expanding community-based solar energy projects that allow utility customers to purchase subscriptions for offsite generation would contribute nearly $1.5 billion to the state’s economy and create thousands of jobs. 

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 12 October 2021 10:36

Michigan electric cooperative to buy power from large-scale solar project in Cass County

A Northern Michigan electric cooperative will buy power from a large-scale solar project being developed in Cass County.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 13:47

Bills would create uniform, statewide taxable value for wind turbines

Statewide legislation introduced this month hopes to resolve a years-long dispute between power providers and local governments over the taxable value of wind turbines and how much revenue is directed to local taxing units.

Published in Energy
Monday, 20 September 2021 17:03

Rep. Meijer says details lacking on federal climate change plans

GRAND RAPIDS — Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer says West Michigan can “lead from the front” on renewable energy and battery storage, though he is withholding support for Democrats’ climate and clean energy proposals he believes lack details.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 14 September 2021 11:55

West Michigan startup plans subscription-based home battery, electric vehicle charging system

GRAND HAVEN — A West Michigan-based startup in the early stages of raising capital wants to lower the cost of and better manage energy storage and electric vehicle charging in homes.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 11:32

Four new solar projects set to come online next year for Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy expects to start purchasing power next year from four new solar projects that will add more than 100 megawatts of renewable energy to the utility’s generation mix.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 24 August 2021 13:01

Whitmer’s COVID-19 relief spending plan includes tens of millions of dollars for clean energy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest plan for spending $2.1 billion in federal COVID-19 relief includes tens of millions of dollars for clean energy initiatives. 

Published in Energy
Sunday, 15 August 2021 18:00

Auto suppliers weigh their paths forward in an increasingly electrified market

Magna International Inc. CEO Seetarama Kotagiri got right to the point in discussing the implications of an increasingly electrified vehicle fleet on the global automotive supply chain.

Published in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 20 July 2021 12:27

Consumers Energy unveils ‘win-win’ solar project on former Cadillac brownfield property

CADILLAC — Consumers Energy has unveiled a new “brownfield to brightfield” solar project that converted formerly abandoned industrial property into a clean energy power source.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 13 July 2021 11:56

Ann Arbor company leans on automation to maximize lifespan of wind turbines

ANN ARBOR — A Southeast Michigan company that started by inspecting wind turbine components by drone has evolved to provide more complex asset management that’s meant to maximize the output of a growing renewable energy sector.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 04 July 2021 17:40

‘It’s complicated’: Advocates give Consumers Energy’s long-term plan mixed reviews

Environmental and ratepayer advocates are withholding their full-throated support for Consumers Energy’s new long-term energy plan that eliminates coal usage by 2025, citing concerns over potential rate effects and the scale of ongoing fossil fuel reliance.

Published in Energy

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 12:13

Consumers Energy plans to close remaining coal plants by 2025

JACKSON — Michigan’s largest energy company announced today that it plans to phase out its remaining coal-fired power plants by 2025, which would be 15 years earlier than planned, as part of its updated long-term energy plan.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 22 June 2021 11:32

Grants to support 3-year planning process around Palisades closure

COVERT TOWNSHIP — Local officials in Southwest Michigan got a more than $1.2 million boost last week to advance their efforts to prepare for the impending closure of the Palisades nuclear power plant. 

Published in Energy
Monday, 14 June 2021 16:33

State legislation would expand commercial clean energy financing program

A financing tool that helps businesses fund clean energy and energy efficiency projects would be expanded to include additional properties and water quality efforts under legislation announced last week.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 08 June 2021 13:02

Consumers Energy to sell bank subsidiary in $960 million deal

JACKSON — CMS Energy Corp. plans to sell a Utah-based bank that specializes in home improvement lending nationwide.

Published in Finance
Monday, 07 June 2021 12:49

Consumers Energy launches electric vehicle program for businesses

JACKSON — Investor-owned utility Consumers Energy has launched a new electric vehicle program that provides rebates and consultation to businesses looking to transition to electrified fleets.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 25 May 2021 13:46

State lawmakers consider bill to preempt local natural gas restrictions

Michigan lawmakers have joined nearly two dozen other states looking to stop local climate change efforts that involve electrifying various building and transportation components to reduce carbon emissions.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 23 May 2021 19:00

MiBiz, Energy News Network partner on statewide energy newsletter

June 1 marks the start of a new partnership between MiBiz and St. Paul, Minn.-based nonprofit Energy News Network. For myself, though, it’s more of a reunion.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 13 May 2021 17:46

Line 5 critics challenge business advocates on shutdown potential

Business advocacy groups from around the Great Lakes argued this week that shutting down Line 5 would lead to a crisis in regional oil and gas markets, although pipeline critics say that forecast is overblown.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 13:39

Major utilities seek negotiations on rooftop solar bill

Michigan’s two major investor-owned utilities want to negotiate with state legislators and advocates on a proposed bill that would expand access to the companies’ rooftop solar programs.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 16:32

Consumers Energy plans to ramp up electric vehicle fast-charging stations

JACKSON — Consumers Energy plans to help ramp up the number of fast-charging electric vehicle stations across the Lower Peninsula in the coming years to ensure EV drivers can travel longer distances while maintaining access to charging equipment.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 28 March 2021 18:00

Utilities chart renewable energy future as state mandates level off

Michigan’s mandates for renewable power and energy efficiency programs — first set in 2008 and slightly increased in 2016 — are scheduled to level off this year, although it may make little difference as the clean energy transition rolls on under market forces.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 28 March 2021 17:45

5 energy projects to watch

The transition away from large coal plants is reducing power-sector emissions while also changing the state’s physical landscape. Hulking, centralized power plants are leaving vacant footprints for redevelopment, including in Grand Haven with the recent demolition of the J.B. Sims Generating Station. Meanwhile, more distributed wind and solar projects are also raising key land-use questions and, at times, vocal opposition. Here’s a list of five large-scale generation projects planned around West Michigan. 

Published in Energy

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