Tuesday is Earth Day, and a unique northern Michigan park is using the occasion to raise awareness about light pollution, or light “spilling” into the sky.
State officials say Michigan’s propane emergency is over, however temperatures are remaining persistently cold and the “higher than usual” demand for propane continues.
Governor Rick Snyder says it’s time for state lawmakers to set new energy goals for Michigan. He says those goals should include burning less coal and increasing renewable energy production over the next decade.
Those expectations are based on a series of new reports on energy production in Michigan – the last of which hit Snyder’s desk this week. The study shows utilities are on track to meet or exceed the state’s current clean energy standards. It also says Michigan could produce up to 30% of its energy using renewable sources by 2035.
“We’re seeing economic development in the state and we’re seeing health benefits, protection of natural resources – so, kind of wins across the board,” said Michigan Environmental Council Policy Director James Clift.
“I expect (Governor Snyder) to say, ‘Hey, let’s keep going.’”
Clift says the study also gives him hope that lawmakers will pass new standards sometime next year.
“Hopefully these reports will help build that consensus of a positive package for Michigan so that it’s something the Legislature can take up, even during an election year.”
Governor Snyder’s address on his energy policy priorities is expected around mid-December.
Click here to view the financial reports:http://www.michigan.gov/energy
A year after calling for more research into the state’s energy policies, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to give an address next month on his new energy priorities.
Alpena County is being recognized by the state for its “Economic Leadership in Energy Efficiency.”
Consumers Energy is asking for permission from the state to close several coal-fired power plants in Michigan.
Consumer’s Energy, DTE Energy and The Salvation Army are a few of the 14 organizations that received money to provide energy assistance funding to those who need it.
BY JESI MUNGUIA
A new wind farm is on it’s way to Huron county, in the thumb region of the state.
Last week the Michigan Public Service Commission has approved a power purchase agreement between DTE Electric Company and the Big Turtle Wind Farm.
The agreement is for 20 megawatts of energy which is enough to power about 9,000 homes.
Judy Palnau is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Public Service Commission.
“This will be a wind farm that uses more than 50 percent Michigan sourced content so the materials, the components, the logistics, and the labor will all be Michigan sourced. So even the parts of the wind turbine for example will be more than 50 percent Michigan made. Which is good news for Michigan’s economy,” Palnau said.
Palnau said, the new wind farm will cover 2,800 acres and house 10 wind turbines.
She said construction will begin later this year in order to take advantage of a federal tax credit.
Delivery of electricity will begin in 2014.