An 80 year old program that’s dedicated to funding rural energy cooperatives is sending 25 million dollars to Michigan’s Thumb.
Every year the USDA parcels out loans to energy cooperatives in order to strengthen rural infrastructure.
This year the USDA is giving out roughly $100 million. A quarter of that money is going to the Thumb Electric Cooperative of Michigan.
The Coop’s General Manager Dallas Braun says the money will help them implement a new monitoring system.
“Currently our members read their own meters every month, submit a reading to us and then we bill them based on the reading. So the AMI system or the Smart Grid system will allow us to become more efficient and save a lot of money.”
Braun says one of the big advantages of a coop is that the money they save goes back to their members.
Winter’s icy grip may have melted, but at one mid Michigan college, the ice is just starting to take hold on campus.
Delta College, in Bay County, uses a thermal energy storage system to keep campus cool.
Delta buys electricity at night and on weekends when power is cheaper. It stores the energy in the form of 8-foot by 8-foot ice blocks. Then during the day when prices are higher, the melting ice cools campus buildings. Continue reading →
The campaign to ban the drilling process known as “fracking” plans to launch a petition drive next month. This will be the third time the anti-fracking campaign has tried to get lawmakers or voters to adopt a ban. Continue reading →
The law that allows some Michigan school districts, businesses, and ratepayers to buy electricity from a competitor to their regional utility was the central issue in a state House hearing. It was part of the Legislature’s preparations to decide how to overhaul Michigan’s energy policies. Continue reading →
The Legislature is embarking on a big re-write of Michigan’s energy strategy. A state House committee opened hearings on the subject today (Wed.). And a lot of the discussion focused on renewable energy. Continue reading →
The Legislature is embarking on a big re-write of Michigan’s energy strategy. A state House committee opened hearings on the subject today (Wed.). And a lot of the discussion focused on renewable energy.
An eastern U.P. energy cooperative, Cloverland Electric, and its customers are one step closer to eliminating millions of dollars in extra payments to keep a power plant open in Marquette. Continue reading →