energy

man standing in front of house
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about clear, sunny skies.  Still, our state is fostering a growing solar industry.  The new energy reform package signed into law last month by Governor Rick Snyder calls for more aggressive renewable energy production targets, including from solar power.

A public-private partnership in mid-Michigan is trying to capitalize on this trend by building a solar park in East Lansing.


MSU power plant in winter
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

A leading environmental group says it's pleased with the latest overhaul of Michigan's energy policy.

 


Gary Glenn photo
Courtesy photo

Energy policy is among the important business before the House of Representatives this week. It’ll begin looking at a bipartisan pair of bills passed by the Senate that lay out the future of Michigan’s electric choice market, replacing coal-fired plants and renewables. We talk to a Republican opponent of the measures.


Michigan Capitol
File Photo / WKAR

More than a year after beginning the legislative process, the Michigan Senate has passed a pair of comprehensive energy bills.


Dick Peffley photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Lansing Board of Water and Light was recently the subject of a cyber attack. We talk with Board of Water and Light General Manager Dick Peffley about the utility's recovery efforts.


Washington State House Republicans / flickr creative commons

A new study has found Michigan will feel an economic squeeze if and when the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is implemented. We look at that and other findings in the study with analyst Traci Taylor of East Lansing’s Anderson Economic Group.


Last lump of MSU coal photo
Brian Wheeler / Consumers Energy, Inc.

Consumers Energy is working with MSU to build a new substation that will power the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. At the same time, the utility is retiring seven outdated coal-fired power plants in Michigan. We talk about these issues with Consumers Energy Vice President Garrick Rochow.


Windmills at sunset
Portland General Electric / flickr creative commons

Michigan business leaders will meet in Detroit on Tuesday to study advanced energy. Can renewable energy be good for the environment and the economy? We talk with two business energy experts.


Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago photo
Kim Scarborough / flickr creative commons

Greening of the Great Lakes host Dr. Kirk Heinze from MSU Today brings us a conversation about a new Chicago exhibit on Great Lakes energy. "Future Energy Chicago" is currently on display at the Museum of Science and Industry.


Solar panels photo
Oregon Department of Transportation / flickr creative commons

The Lansing Board of Water and Light has disclosed plans to build the largest solar array in the state. We ask a couple of local energy insiders what they think of the plan.


Sam Singh photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Democratic State Rep. Sam Singh of East Lansing has been playing a key role advancing important House energy proposals. Debate on the measures, which could significantly alter energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric choice will increase soon. We talk with Rep. Singh about what's ahead.


Solar panels photo
Oregon Department of Transportation / flickr creative commons

Globally, solar makes up only a miniscule portion of energy production, but that’s not dampening enthusiasm for solar on a local level, including in Lansing and East Lansing. It’s led to speculation that solar energy may be moving beyond growing pains. We talk with John Kinch of East Lansing’s Michigan Energy Options and John Sarver of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.


Solar panels photo
Oregon Department of Transportation / flickr creative commons

Michigan is grappling with important questions relating to energy. Current State talks with Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop and Sarah Mulkoff of the Michigan Environmental Council.


picture of the Michigan Capitol Building
Flickr/pkaychelle

Current State checks in with Detroit Free Press reporter Paul Egan and publisher of Gongwer News in Lansing John Lindstrom about August's biggest news stories.

At the end of every month, Current State takes a few minutes to review all that’s worth reviewing in state government and politics. 

rooftop solar panels photo
Bernd / flickr creative commons

Current State talks with MLive reporter Emily Lawler about potential changes for people who’ve installed solar panels on their roofs and how that ties into a debate over Michigan’s energy future.


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