renewable energy

Politics & Government
11:54 am
Thu May 21, 2015

MI energy czar hopeful over renewables, efficiency

Valerie Brader
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Earlier this week, Valerie Brader, an attorney and former senior policy adviser to Gov. Rick Snyder, assumed her role as executive director of the new Michigan Agency for Energy. Brader will be the top energy adviser to Snyder and state department leaders. Snyder created the agency by executive order in March after setting it as a priority in January’s State of the State address.

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Environment
11:58 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Energy analyst: MI electricity debate needs re-focusing

In the coming year, nine of Michigan’s coal-fired power plants are scheduled to retire. That has environmentalists and renewable energy advocates cheering. And the state’s two major utilities, Consumer’s Energy and DTE, say they are ready to invest in a more sustainable energy future. But first, the companies say, Michigan has to return to a fully regulated electricity market.

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Environment
11:56 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Detroit Zoo will turn poop into power with new biodigester

The Detroit Zoo has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise funding for a planned biodigester.
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There’s a lot to see at the Detroit Zoo: polar bears, giraffes, and crocodiles. But there’s also a lot that you don’t see, like all the poop from those animals. So, what happens to the animal waste from those lions and tigers and bears? At the Detroit Zoo, it could soon be turned into electricity.

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Environment
11:21 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Trade group, environmentalist weigh in on Snyder energy plan

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Yesterday, Governor Rick Snyder announced the creation of a new state entity: the Michigan Agency for Energy. The action comes less than a week after the governor called on the state to increase its reliance on  clean energy. Snyder has set a goal for the state to draw up to 40-percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. He also wants to see the state become more energy efficient and reduce waste.

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Environment
11:29 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Report finds obstacles to advanced energy in Michigan

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Barriers have developed that are standing in the way of advanced energy use in Michigan. That’s according to a report released recently by Michigan’s Institute for Energy Innovation. The institute says its report is the first serious effort to identify those barriers.

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Environment
12:45 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Report explores future of green energy in Michigan

Jeremiah Johnson is an associate professor at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources.
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Green energy has made big strides in Michigan over the past several years. That’s thanks in large part to a 2008 law that required the state to get 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2015.

The “10 by 2015” mandate is about to expire...and the state is on track to meet its goal.

But what happens next? Can Michigan continue its move toward renewables? Or will efforts to green the energy industry stall without a legislative mandate?

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Wind turbines pose potential health risks

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In an effort to increase the U.S.’s renewable energy portfolio, the wind industry has grown tremendously. Michigan is now home to just under 700 turbines, but not everyone is happy about the growing wind farm industry.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:50 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Michigan conservatives join conversation on renewable energy

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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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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Environmental official encouraged by Snyder energy blueprint

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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.

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NewsRoom
3:23 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Environmental Groups Expect Snyder To Push For More Clean Energy

Michigan environmental groups expect Governor Rick Snyder to endorse new clean energy standards in a speech next month.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:30 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

MI electric reformers blast deregulation opponents

The Lansing Board of Water and Light's new cogeneration plant went online earlier this year.
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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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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Michigan On Target To Meet Renewable Energy Standards, Could Achieve More

A new report suggests Michigan is well-positioned to expand renewable energy production.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Environmental advocate anticipates Michigan energy plan discussion

The Lansing Board of Water & Light announced last week, it will begin selling wind-generated electricity next year. James Clift, Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council, says the plan is a great development.
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Michigan's energy policy will become a hotter topic in the final months of 2013. Officials have held a series of energy public forums around the state this year. This Friday, Governor Rick Snyder will begin sharing the results with the public and the legislature. The legislature is expected to spend 2014 addressing state energy policy.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Clean energy’s future on an international level

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program looks to educate business leaders and policy makers on the factors affecting utility investment in electric generation resources.
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According to the Pew Clean Energy Program, global energy consumption is expected to increase 35% over the next 25 years, with much of that from growing electricity use and expanding vehicle fleets.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:13 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Current State #69 | April 18, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU's renewable energy plan; critical bacteria research; the impressive career of WKAR's Dick Estell; and pianist Bob Baldori.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:06 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

MSU addresses sustainability efforts, shift toward renewable energy

Currently under 2 percent of the MSU's energy portfolio is renewable.
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 In a plan adopted last year by its Board of Trustees, Michigan State University committed to an “energy future” comprised 100% of renewable energy sources.  This week, University President Lou Anna K. Simon updates the effort in her second annual energy roundtable, which will be a live webcast.  

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Bernero: Italian Green Manufacturer Coming to Lansing

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he's finalizing a deal to bring some 80 green energy jobs to the city. 

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NewsRoom
6:56 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Report: Electricity Will Cost More if Proposal 3 Passes

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The campaigns squaring off against each other over Proposal 3 on the November ballot are arguing the economic merits of renewable energy.

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NewsRoom
6:32 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Enviro Group: MSU Study Shows Economic Benefits of More Renewable

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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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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Renewable Energy Campaign Files for November Ballot

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The campaign to get voters to place renewable energy standards in the Michigan Constitution filed petition signatures Friday to get on the November ballot.

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