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Sunday, 28 March 2021 17:30

Renewable natural gas, battery storage to play key roles in low-emissions future

The ability to store intermittent renewable energy from wind and solar and capturing methane emissions from common waste streams to displace natural gas usage are two technologies poised to play a bigger role in a lower carbon future.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 28 March 2021 17:15

Michigan’s oil and gas producers weather pandemic amid long-term demand questions

After production ground to a halt for Michigan oil and gas producers early in the COVID-19 pandemic, wells resumed activity later in the year for an improved short-term outlook.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 28 February 2021 10:44

Michigan’s top energy regulator discusses grid reliability after Texas power crisis

The polar vortex of 2019 sent sustained extreme cold weather throughout the Great Lakes states, and in Michigan led to a strained electric and gas system. At the time, newly elected Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency and launched a formal inquiry.

Published in Energy

Monday, 22 February 2021 11:42

Lawmakers reintroduce legislation to expand rooftop solar program

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has again proposed legislation backed by clean energy advocates to expand utility programs for customers who generate their own solar power.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 17 January 2021 18:18

Statewide building code update an opportunity to tackle efficiency, climate change

Michigan’s statewide building codes are set for an update this year. While there could be some new energy efficiency measures added, the codes are far behind where they should be to address climate change, according to some local design firms and environmental advocates.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 12 January 2021 10:52

Enbridge tells state it has no intention of shutting down the Line 5 pipeline

Enbridge Inc. plans to continue operating Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac until a tunnel is completed to house the twin oil and natural gas liquids pipelines, a company official said in a letter Tuesday to the Whitmer administration.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 03 January 2021 17:00

Regulators approve 3-year electric commercial fleet program in Consumers Energy case

A Michigan Public Service Commission order in a sweeping Consumers Energy rate case last month includes a three-year pilot program to study the roll-out of electrified commercial fleet vehicles.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 03 January 2021 15:24

Thelen to lead The Right Place amid economic development ‘inflection point’

GRAND RAPIDS — Randy Thelen describes the COVID-19 pandemic as an “inflection point” that can shift the course of economic development in West Michigan.

Published in Energy
Monday, 21 December 2020 14:09

Whitmer appoints engineering, energy storage expert to Michigan Public Service Commission

An electric grid engineering and energy storage expert will fill a new vacancy on the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:30

Clean energy, Line 5, electric choice on Michigan’s energy docket in 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order in late September creating a long-term climate change plan calling for the state to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:20

Michigan utility CEO takes helm amid major energy transition

Like many utilities, Consumers Energy is at the beginning of a decades-long transition that will fundamentally change the way electricity is generated. Utilities are gradually replacing large, centralized coal plants with more distributed resources like wind and solar along with battery storage. Consumers announced in February a target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Its broader long-term Clean Energy Plan was announced in 2019 under former CEO Patti Poppe, who this month started a new job leading California’s largest utility, PG&E. The reins have been passed to new President and CEO Garrick Rochow, who’s been with the Jackson-based utility for 16 years, most recently as senior vice president of operations.

Published in Energy
Wednesday, 16 December 2020 11:09

State grants to fund 18 more fast-charging electric vehicle stations

State officials have announced a second round of grant funding totaling nearly $450,000 to support 18 new electric vehicle fast-charging stations along a coordinated network across Michigan.

Published in Energy

Wednesday, 09 December 2020 16:58

Whitmer preparing to fill upcoming vacancy on energy regulatory board

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is preparing to appoint her third member to the Michigan Public Service Commission in less than two years as another vacancy is expected by the end of the month.

Published in Energy
Friday, 20 November 2020 14:44

Consumers Energy agrees to expand rooftop solar program

JACKSON — Consumers Energy has agreed to expand a solar energy program that advocates say is crucial to continue the sector’s growth in Michigan.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 22 November 2020 19:20

Whitmer shifts Line 5 dynamic ahead of legal dispute, tunnel uncertainty

In a move sought for years by environmental advocates, tribes, and hospitality and tourism businesses, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this month notified Enbridge Inc. that it would no longer have the state’s permission to operate the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 22 November 2020 13:56

Q&A: Megan Sall Rydecki, Community Affairs Manager for Kent County, Consumers Energy

Megan Sall Rydecki comes to Consumers Energy amid major short- and long-term changes at the state’s largest energy provider. Not only is the company in the early stages of a sweeping 20-year transition to clean energy, but its charismatic leader, President and CEO Patti Poppe, last week announced a new job leading California’s largest utility, PG&E Corp., effective Dec. 1.

Published in Energy
Friday, 13 November 2020 13:56

Whitmer to shut down Line 5 pipeline in Straits of Mackinac, leaves tunnel plan open

The state is moving to terminate an agreement that has allowed the Line 5 pipeline to operate in the Straits of Mackinac for the past 67 years, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a bombshell environmental announcement Friday.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:51

Customers, installers on edge as key solar energy program nears cap

key program that has incentivized small-scale solar projects in recent years is nearing its cap in two utility service territories.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 11 October 2020 15:32

Q&A: Liesl Clark Director, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

On Sept. 23, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a target for Michigan to be carbon neutral by 2050. While that’s certainly a lofty goal, questions remain over what hitting the target will actually mean in practice. Over the next year, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) will submit a MI Healthy Climate Plan to Whitmer that essentially acts as a roadmap. It will begin to detail ways the state and private sector — including utilities and industrial and commercial entities — can start chipping away at the carbon reduction goal while also outlining strategies for offsetting carbon emissions. Whitmer’s announcement made Michigan the fifth state with a long-term carbon neutral target, and the first in the Midwest. EGLE Director Liesl Clark recently spoke with MiBiz to discuss the climate goal and the pandemic’s effect on the clean energy sector.

Published in Energy
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 15:34

Whitmer order sets 2050 carbon neutral climate change goal

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer aims to create more clean energy jobs in the state by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and becoming carbon neutral within 30 years.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 11:44

DTE, Consumers join major utilities in electric vehicle charging pledge

Michigan’s two major investor-owned utilities are joining other large Midwest power companies in pledging to build out an interstate charging network to support more widespread electric vehicle adoption.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 15:27

DTE Energy plans major two-year solar energy buildout to meet corporate demand

DTE Energy plans to significantly expand its solar energy portfolio in the next two years to support growing corporate demand for renewable energy contracts.

Published in Energy
Monday, 17 August 2020 10:36

Consumers Energy hosting forums on next phase of clean energy plan

Consumers Energy is hosting a series of virtual public forums over the next several months to gather public input on the next phase of its long-term clean energy plan.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 06 August 2020 13:29

State issues $1.7M in grants for electric vehicle fast-charging stations

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has awarded nearly $1.7 million to help public and private entities install 36 electric vehicle fast-charging stations across the state.

Published in Energy

Friday, 31 July 2020 14:03

Four electric vehicle fast-charging stations now operating under utility rebate program

Four electric vehicle fast-charging stations are now operating along major highway corridors in the Lower Peninsula as part of the state’s and major utilities’ efforts to build supportive infrastructure allowing for EV growth.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 28 July 2020 16:37

Southwest Michigan poultry farm completes solar project

A Southwest Michigan poultry farm recently completed a $650,000 solar energy project to offset the facility’s power usage throughout the year.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 05 July 2020 14:19

New GR steam plant owner eyes expansion amid downtown growth

GRAND RAPIDS — Since the late 1800s, downtown Grand Rapids has been equipped with a network of pipes that heat buildings with steam generated from a series of boilers across from Van Andel Arena.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 05 July 2020 10:34

GR 2030 District shifts focus to indoor air quality

For nearly five years, the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan has helped Grand Rapids property owners reduce their energy usage and hosts an annual competition celebrating the “biggest losers” statewide.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 24 June 2020 10:26

DTE natural gas company pledges net zero emissions by 2050

DTE Energy’s natural gas subsidiary has pledged to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a series of actions involving suppliers, customers and its own infrastructure, aligning with long-term goals for the utility’s electricity operations.

Published in Energy
Monday, 15 June 2020 17:01

Michigan loses another 1,000 clean energy jobs as advocates call for federal support

Michigan lost another 1,000 clean energy jobs last month, bringing the state’s total losses to 31,000 in the sector since the coronavirus pandemic spread in mid-March, according to an analysis of federal labor statistics.

Published in Energy

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