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The citizen board that oversees the embattled Lansing Board of Water and Light convened last night.  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.

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A new conservative group is hoping to open up the conversation about renewable energy.  The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum is working to increase the state’s investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

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Governor Rick Snyder wants a “no regrets energy future" for Michigan by 2025.  That was how he summarized his administration’s long-awaited energy “blueprint” which was released yesterday.

MI electric reformers blast deregulation opponents

Nov 1, 2013
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Last week, Public Sector Consultants, 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.

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Earlier this week we spoke with Michigan Public Service Commission Chair 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.

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What should America’s energy future be, and how do we hammer out an environmentally conscious national energy security plan for the future?   

MSU students launch fossil free campaign

Apr 4, 2013

Environmentalists trying to get Michigan State University to curtail coal-generated power are announcing a new tactic today. The MSU Sierra Student Coalition is launching the MSU 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 Bruley, an MSU student and a coordinator of MSU Beyond Coal, and Brad Van Guilder, who represents the Michigan Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal effort, discuss the MSU Fossil Free campaign. 

Water-energy nexus in the Great Lakes Basin

Apr 2, 2013
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The dependent relationship between energy and water is important, but in a water-rich state like Michigan, it’s easy to overlook. Skip Pruss discusses the water-energy nexus  and its potential impact on the future of the Great Lakes. Pruss is a Principal at 5 Lakes Energy and former Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

State seeks public input on Michigan's energy future

Feb 14, 2013

What should Michigan’s long-range priorities be regarding energy?  Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials want to know.

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.  

Today on Current State, three guests with different perspectives discuss the energy issue.

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Michigan utility regulators say residential heating bills for natural gas users are expected to be slightly higher this winter due to likely increased consumption.

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An environmental group says Michigan's economy would get a boost if it relied more on renewable energy sources.

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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.  Generating electrical power from wind energy is part of Michigan’s overall renewable energy strategy.  But there’s some debate as to whether the urban core is the best laboratory in which to try it out.  

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Michigan State University is explaining its new energy transition plan to a potentially global audience. 

MI Regulator Downplays Link Between Fracking, Quakes

Apr 17, 2012
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In a new study, the U.S. Geological Survey shows an increasing correlation between Midwest energy drilling and earthquakes.

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Michigan State University Trustees have approved a controversial Energy Transition Plan.

           

MSU President Lou Anna Simon says the goal is for 100% of the university’s energy to come from renewable sources.

           

Several dozen students at today’s trustees meeting argued that the plan doesn’t move fast enough. After the unanimous vote, they launched a chant while the board continued its meeting.

 

STUDENTS CHANTING

 

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