It may be okay to crank up the heat a bit more – those heating their homes with natural gas can expect to see lower bills this winter.
DTE Energy says the cost for the company to buy natural gas has fallen by 8%, meaning more savings for customers. Continue reading
A new petition with nearly 100-thousand signatures, and over 30-thousand comments is calling on the Canadian Minister of the Environment to reject a nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron.
An investigation was launched on Wednesday, Jan. 20 into Consumers Energy’s estimated billing practices.
Officials with the Michigan Public Service Commission say they’ve received complaints about estimated billing. That’s a practice where the energy company does not read the meter – rather it estimates the utility usage and bill. Continue reading
Officials confirm Mt Pleasant’s Broadway Theatre is clear of carbon monoxide today after a leak Wednesday night sent 18 people to local hospitals.
The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department said the leak was the result of a faulty furnace. Continue reading
A month after Canada’s new Prime Minister was sworn in, the Canadian Government has delayed the decision on whether or not to allow a nuclear waste dump near the shores of the Great Lakes.
The plan would make it harder for customers to move between the utilities and alternative suppliers of electricity. The governor says that would help utilities plan new construction as 19 coal-fired plants are about to shut down.
A website launched by the state on October 5th, will help consumers find the best natural gas price in their area.
The island is looking is looking for someone to fill a journeyman lineman position. That’s the person who operates, maintains and installs electric distribution equipment.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will simulate a spill on Enbridge’s oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac this Thursday (9/24).
There’s heated debate over the future of renewable energy policy in Michigan – and it’s not just Democrats versus Republicans.
Michigan intends to develop its own plan to comply with new federal rules to reduce greenhouse gasses.
Businesses in Michigan are being rewarded for wanting to be energy efficient.
Michigan company Short’s Brewery out of Elk Rapids, was awarded a $35,164 federal grant.
The state Senate is one step closer to confirming Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment of a former Consumers Energy lobbyist to a panel that regulates utilities.
The state Senate Energy and Technology Committee signed off on the appointment of Norm Saari to the Michigan Public Service Commission during an advice and consent hearing on Thursday. The Senate Government Operations Committee and the full Senate are expected to follow suit.
Saari told the legislative panel that he no longer has any financial connection to Consumers.
“I have no pension from Consumers Energy. I have no retiree healthcare from Consumers Energy. I have no life insurance from Consumers Energy. I don’t get a senior citizen discount on my energy bills and I pay for my light bulbs,” he said.
“I have no financial interest in any of the organizations that I will be part of regulating.”
But critics of the appointment say his background still creates a conflict of interest. They say it should disqualify him from the job.
Saari most recently served as chief of staff to state House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) and former speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall).
Because of his former role, lawmakers on the panel quizzed Saari on what role – if any – he played in a recent scandal. Some Democrats charge that he may have ignored evidence that state Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) used state resources to cover up his affair with state Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell).
Saari told reporters that he believes he addressed the situation appropriately. But he declined to comment further on the scandal in front of the Senate panel.
“I do have a meeting scheduled next week with the House Business Office as part of their investigation,” he said. “And I feel an obligation to communicate through the investigation before I make any other public comments.”
She introduced the ‘Stop Nuclear Waste by our Lakes Act’. It invokes a century old treaty between the U.S and Canada on Great Lakes issues. Continue reading
Enbridge Energy is sponsoring new efforts to monitor waters above its aging pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.
Enbridge is working with the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) out of Michigan Technical University to build and operate a buoy to measure currents in real time. That information will be made available for anyone to view online. Continue reading
This is down from over 150,000 who initially lost power during the storm.
President Obama’s plan to reduce carbon emissions will have a profound effect on Michigan’s energy policy overhaul, but no one agrees yet on how.
Michigan utility companies are planning to review best practices in shut off situations.
Consumers Energy is working on two pilot programs to bring renewable solar energy to their customers.
Governor Rick Snyder’s administration has released a first draft of a 30-year strategy for protecting and improving the state’s water resources.
The plan says there are environmental and economic benefits to protecting and improving lakes, rivers, and streams. The plan includes connecting waterways to promote tourism. Also, fixing outdated sewer and drinking water systems. Continue reading
A group of state House Democrats hopes to prevent the state’s largest water utility from ending service to one of the cities it serves. Continue reading
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.
Ontario Power Generation’s, or OPG’s, proposed nuclear dump has been declared safe enough to construct by a Canadian Joint Review Panel of scientists.
The panel submitted over 400 pages of analysis to the Minister. She now has 4 months to decide whether or not to grant OPG a permit to construct.
The panel recommended numerous plans of action that OPG will need to account for if they want to retain their accepted status.
It’s important to remember OPG is only requesting a permit to build the facility.
They will need to go through another assessment to earn a permit to use it.