Category Archives: Energy

Debate and controversy surround proposed nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron shore in Ontario

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Controversy surrounding a proposed nuclear waste dump that would be built near the Lake Huron Shoreline in Ontario is heating up.

The main issue surrounding Ontario Power Generation’s, or OPG’s, proposed nuclear dump can be boiled down to three things.
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Debate and controversy surround proposed nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron shore in Ontario

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Ontario Power Generation, or OPG, has talked themselves hoarse defending their proposal for a nuclear waste storage facility near Lake Huron.
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Enbridge pipeline task force meets with students

State, education and business officials met Monday to discuss the impact if there were to be a leak in the Enbridge pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac.

At the meeting, a team from CMU proposed an independent study on potential economic and environmental impacts of a spill in the Straits. Continue reading

Organization seeks volunteers to Walk For Warmth

If staying active was a new year’s resolution, then an upcoming fundraiser may be right for you.

It’s called Walk For Warmth. Volunteers raise money by walking for donations. The money goes to local heating assistance funds.

Three Walks for Warmth are planned this month. One each in Isabella, Montcalm, and Gratiot Counties. Continue reading

Cloverland responds to UP energy crisis resolution


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An eastern U.P. energy provider is reacting to a recent agreement made aimed to cure the U.P energy crisis. Cloverland Electric says the agreement is lacking a short-term plan.
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Michigan leads the nation in gas price savings, AAA officials say

After the holiday spending season, people may find some financial relief with cheaper gas prices.

Officials with AAA said Michigan has been building up a history of continuous gas price declines in recent weeks.

They said supply, demand and distribution are major reasons for gas price fluctuations. Continue reading

Americans are using more appliances, offsetting efficiency gains

Energy research data shows Michiganders are using nearly 40 percent more energy than the national average.

The data also shows that Americans are using more appliances and offsetting efficiency gains.

U.S. Energy Information Administration researchers said home appliances are more energy efficient compared to 30 years ago, but many people now have more gadgets in their home. Continue reading

Energy researchers say gas prices don’t drive gasoline consumption

AAA predicts that nearly 95 million people will be traveling for the holidays. Many divers are finding gas prices to be much better than last year.

However, energy economists said gas prices have little impact on how much people actually drive.

They said life milestones such as retiring and even what part of the country we live in are more important factors. Continue reading

UP residents can expect energy bills to jump


U.P. residents are likely to see their energy bills increase after Dec. 1. Some could see an increase by as much as 28 percent.

U.P. residents are likely to see their energy bills increase after Dec. 1. Some could see an increase by as much as 28 percent.


As the temperatures drop, energy prices are climbing, and in the U.P., they’re poised to take a big jump next week.

It all stems from a disagreement over supply and demand, or more specifically, who should supply the demand.
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Michigan energy appraisal estimates lower bills

The state says its bi-annual energy appraisal shows that residents will have a bit more money in their pockets this Winter.

Judy Palnau is a media specialist with the Michigan Public Service Commission. She says although unit price has risen for natural gas users, overall they should be paying less.

“Bills will be going down despite the fact that natural gas prices per unit are expected to be up. Last year was actually the reverse. We were paying an 11-year low per unit of natural gas, but because we were using so much more of it to keep warm, many people saw their bills actually go up, despite the lower price.”

Palnau says the estimate is based on the assumption that Michigan will have a return to normal winter weather this year.

We spoke to the National Weather Service office in Gaylord. Their meteorologists say Michigan will likely see a slightly colder than normal winter, however it will be nowhere near as cold as last year’s Polar Vortex.

The MPSC says even if Michigan has another remarkably cold Winter, there is enough energy stored to avoid a crisis.