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Energy (69)

Holland opts for natural gas power

Written by | Sunday, 06 January 2013 23:16 |

A new natural gas power plant may help return Holland’s waterfront to its original condition.

In his long-awaiting address on energy issues, Gov. Rick Snyder said he wants to bring together various interest groups to study what should be in Michigan’s energy plan.

Snyder highlights fracking in energy message

Written by | Sunday, 09 December 2012 15:34 |

Fracking has been used safely in Michigan for decades and should be seen as a key part of the state’s energy future.

When faced with a mountain of crap, people can either start digging or give up and walk away.

Well-intentioned companies can say they’re trying to be sustainable, but if they don’t have a way to track their activities, they may not be getting the most out of their efforts.

Michigan manufacturers serving the energy sector and a range of other industries could be missing an opportunity to do business that’s right in their backyard.

Michigan shouldn’t miss out on the tepid pace of renewable energy development and the opportunities that brings to its manufacturing base, according to backers of Proposal 3.

As the Holland Board of Public Works considers shutting down coal-burning operations at the James DeYoung plant in favor of more sustainable electrical generation, the implications of such a shift become more complex and nuanced.

Critics of renewable energy correctly point out that the wind and sun inconsistently produce energy.

Proposal poses expensive risks

Written by | Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:41 |

Michigan companies need strong plans based on hard facts to succeed in this economy. Lofty goals and good intentions are nice, but you’ve got to have a road map to get where you want to go. The lack of a plan is precisely why the “25 by ’25” ballot proposal is a bad idea.

Proposal to spur jobs, innovation

Written by | Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:39 |

This Nov. 6, Michigan voters will have the opportunity to help rebuild Michigan’s manufacturing sector and put people back to work, by passing the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs ballot proposal to increase our state’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025.

As the November election looms, so does a decision over Michigan’s energy future.

Michigan's startup energy technology and manufacturing companies need working public-private partnerships to succeed and prosper. 

Global solar business blooms in Holland

Written by | Monday, 21 May 2012 11:12 |

A small, but growing West Michigan-based solar lighting company has found its products in demand not so much in its backyard, but in developing foreign markets. 

Solar Street Lights USA's big ambitions are akin to the size of the shop's mascot, a 160-pound St. Bernard named Guess.

The economic benefits of alternative energy have united at least some bipartisan political groups to push for a stricter Michigan renewable energy mandate.

Without any overarching energy plan, Gov. Rick Snyder remains on the sidelines, but his energy czar Valerie Brader said Snyder plans a "special message" to address energy planning later this year.

A startup in Lowell hopes to prove that one firm’s waste is another company’s power.

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