energy http://wkar.org en Ann Arbor non-profit brings technology to world's poor http://wkar.org/post/ann-arbor-non-profit-brings-technology-worlds-poor <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>More than a billion people around the world live without access to electricity. The lack of energy is a huge barrier to economic growth in developing countries. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:02:39 +0000 Current State 48273 at http://wkar.org Ann Arbor non-profit brings technology to world's poor Toronto's ice storm woes sound familiar http://wkar.org/post/torontos-ice-storm-woes-sound-familiar <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On December 22nd, a powerful ice storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers, some for more than a week. Many people without electricity struggled get basic information and to get through to the municipally-owned power company to report outages. Some even took to social media to pick up the slack on their own. We’re not talking about the Lansing-area and <a href="http://lbwl.com/">Board of Water and Light</a>. We’re talking about Toronto, which was hit by the same ice storm that wreaked havoc on us three weeks ago. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:12:52 +0000 Current State 47897 at http://wkar.org Toronto's ice storm woes sound familiar Utility expert: Switching electricity providers isn't easy http://wkar.org/post/utility-expert-switching-electricity-providers-isnt-easy <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In most marketplaces, if customers are not happy with the product or service, they can look at competitors and choose another option. If Ford sells you a lemon, next time you go to buy a car, perhaps you’ll be looking at GM models, a Chrysler, or a foreign car. In the complex utility marketplace, however, things aren’t that simple. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:04:32 +0000 Current State 47751 at http://wkar.org Utility expert: Switching electricity providers isn't easy Feds respond to Mackinac pipeline concerns http://wkar.org/post/feds-respond-mackinac-pipeline-concerns <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>About a month ago, U-S Senators <a href="http://www.levin.senate.gov/">Carl Levin</a> and <a href="http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/">Debbie Stabenow</a> sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation asking about an <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/">Enbridge Company</a> oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac. They asked for information on safety tests done on the pipeline, and for emergency response information from Enbridge. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:22:44 +0000 Current State 47703 at http://wkar.org Feds respond to Mackinac pipeline concerns Following BWL meeting, board president reiterates support for Lark http://wkar.org/post/following-bwl-meeting-board-president-reiterates-support-lark <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The citizen board that oversees the embattled <a href="http://www.lbwl.com/">Lansing Board of Water and Light </a>convened last night.&nbsp; The body heard from both the public as well as numerous BWL employees and leadership about the utility’s response to last month’s overwhelming ice storm that knocked out electric power to tens of thousands in the Lansing area. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:20:58 +0000 Current State 47700 at http://wkar.org Following BWL meeting, board president reiterates support for Lark Michigan conservatives join conversation on renewable energy http://wkar.org/post/michigan-conservatives-join-conversation-renewable-energy <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A new conservative group is hoping to open up the conversation about renewable energy.&nbsp; The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/michiganconservativeenergyforum">Michigan Conservative Energy Forum</a> is working to increase the state’s investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:50:34 +0000 Current State 47645 at http://wkar.org Michigan conservatives join conversation on renewable energy Environmental official encouraged by Snyder energy blueprint http://wkar.org/post/environmental-official-encouraged-snyder-energy-blueprint <p></p><p></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder wants a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277--318423--,00.html">“no regrets energy future"</a> for Michigan by 2025.&nbsp; That was how he summarized his administration’s long-awaited energy “blueprint” which was released yesterday. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:29:15 +0000 Current State 46970 at http://wkar.org Environmental official encouraged by Snyder energy blueprint MI electric reformers blast deregulation opponents http://wkar.org/post/mi-electric-reformers-blast-deregulation-opponents <p>Last week, <a href="http://www.publicsectorconsultants.com/">Public Sector Consultants</a>, a Lansing-based media advocacy organization, released a study suggesting that electric customers in several states that offer greater customer choice pay more for it. Some key backers of electric choice have blasted the study, calling the findings unsubstantiated. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:30:25 +0000 Current State 44679 at http://wkar.org MI electric reformers blast deregulation opponents Survey suggests downsides to more Michigan utility dereg http://wkar.org/post/survey-suggests-downsides-more-michigan-utility-dereg <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-71c12937-eaf5-a91a-fce4-7a05b83a57d8"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Earlier this week we spoke with <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,4639,7-159-16400-40504--,00.html">Michigan Public Service Commission Chair</a> John Quakenbush about draft reports published to guide Michigan’s energy future. One of many of the issues addressed in the report was electric choice and the deregulation of utilities.</span></span> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:39:04 +0000 Current State 44259 at http://wkar.org Survey suggests downsides to more Michigan utility dereg Former oil executive now advocate for alternative energy http://wkar.org/post/former-oil-executive-now-advocate-alternative-energy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What should America’s energy future be, and how do we hammer out an environmentally conscious national energy security plan for the future? &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Current State 35629 at http://wkar.org Former oil executive now advocate for alternative energy MSU students launch fossil free campaign http://wkar.org/post/msu-students-launch-fossil-free-campaign <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Environmentalists trying to get Michigan State University to curtail coal-generated power are announcing a new tactic today. The </span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sierra Student Coalition is launching the </span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Fossil Free campaign. The effort is an attempt to get the university to divest millions of endowment dollars the coalition says are invested in the fossil fuel industry. Callie </span>Bruley<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, an </span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> student and a coordinator of </span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Beyond Coal, and Brad Van Guilder, who represents the Michigan Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal effort, discuss the </span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Fossil Free campaign.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:59:29 +0000 Current State 33770 at http://wkar.org Water-energy nexus in the Great Lakes Basin http://wkar.org/post/water-energy-nexus-great-lakes-basin <p></p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:46:58 +0000 Current State 33652 at http://wkar.org Water-energy nexus in the Great Lakes Basin State seeks public input on Michigan's energy future http://wkar.org/post/state-seeks-public-input-michigans-energy-future <p></p><p>What should Michigan’s long-range priorities be regarding energy? &nbsp;Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials want to know.</p><p>This Thursday afternoon in Lansing is the public’s first chance to make its voice heard at a forum being held at the State Library. Next December, the Governor plans to issue a comprehensive set of recommendations based in part on the forums. &nbsp;</p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>, three guests with different perspectives discuss the energy issue.</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:49:53 +0000 Mark Bashore 31157 at http://wkar.org Winter Natural Gas Heating Bills Likely To Rise http://wkar.org/post/winter-natural-gas-heating-bills-likely-rise <p>Michigan utility regulators say residential heating bills for natural gas users are expected to be slightly higher this winter due to likely increased consumption. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:13:29 +0000 The Associated Press 26017 at http://wkar.org Winter Natural Gas Heating Bills Likely To Rise Enviro Group: MSU Study Shows Economic Benefits of More Renewable http://wkar.org/post/enviro-group-msu-study-shows-economic-benefits-more-renewable <p>An environmental group says Michigan's economy would get a boost if it relied more on renewable energy sources.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 22:32:30 +0000 Mark Bashore 22067 at http://wkar.org Enviro Group: MSU Study Shows Economic Benefits of More Renewable reWorking Michigan: Lansing's Energy Future May Be Up In The Air http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-lansings-energy-future-may-be-air <p>Last week, Mayor Virg Bernero announced that a series of small wind turbines would be installed on the roofs of City Hall and the Lansing Center in June.&nbsp; Generating electrical power from wind energy is part of Michigan&rsquo;s overall renewable energy strategy.&nbsp; But there&rsquo;s some debate as to whether the urban core is the best laboratory in which to try it out.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 16474 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Lansing's Energy Future May Be Up In The Air MSU Touts Newly Adopted Energy Transition Plan http://wkar.org/post/msu-touts-newly-adopted-energy-transition-plan <p>Michigan State University is explaining its new energy transition plan to a potentially global audience.&nbsp; Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:27:04 +0000 Kevin Lavery 15967 at http://wkar.org MSU Touts Newly Adopted Energy Transition Plan MI Regulator Downplays Link Between Fracking, Quakes http://wkar.org/post/mi-regulator-downplays-link-between-fracking-quakes <p>In a new study, the U.S. Geological Survey shows an increasing correlation between Midwest energy drilling and earthquakes. WKAR’s Mark Bashore spoke with Michigan's top energy drilling regulator, State Geologist Hal Fitch, about the study.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 15833 at http://wkar.org MI Regulator Downplays Link Between Fracking, Quakes MSU Trustees Unanimously Approve Controverisal Energy Transition Plan http://wkar.org/post/msu-trustees-unanimously-approve-controverisal-energy-transition-plan <p>President Lou Anna Simon says the goal is for 100% of the university’s energy to come from renewable sources.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:47:35 +0000 Scott Pohl 15714 at http://wkar.org MSU Trustees Unanimously Approve Controverisal Energy Transition Plan MSU Trustees Face Decision on Campus Clean Energy Plan http://wkar.org/post/msu-trustees-face-decision-campus-clean-energy-plan <p>The Michigan State University Board of Trustees faces a pivotal decision today.&nbsp; The board will decide whether to approve a strategic clean energy plan that would eventually transition the campus to 100 percent renewable energy.&nbsp; The plan calls for MSU to produce 15 percent of its energy from renewables in just three years.&nbsp;</p><p>The plan has been staunchly opposed by student environmental groups at MSU, who claim it&rsquo;s not strong enough to effect any real change.&nbsp; They&rsquo;re also critical of the fact that the vision does not include scrapping the university&rsquo;s coal-fired power plant. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 15692 at http://wkar.org MSU Trustees Face Decision on Campus Clean Energy Plan