Category Archives: Energy

Propane prices continue to decrease, demand still high

State officials say Michigan’s propane emergency is over, however temperatures are remaining persistently cold and the “higher than usual” demand for propane continues.
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Governor Snyder wants more renewables, less coal in Michigan

Gov1219-fotoGovernor 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.
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Environmental groups expect Snyder to push for more clean energy

windmill 11-27-13Michigan environmental groups say they expect Governor Rick Snyder to call for more clean energy in a speech next month.

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.

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Governor Snyder expected to give energy policy address next month

DSC_0020aoA 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.
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Credits available to some customers who lose power

Sunday’s round of severe weather left more than half a million Michigan businesses and homes in the dark.

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Alpena recognized for its Economic Leadership in efficiency

Alpena County is being recognized by the state for its “Economic Leadership in Energy Efficiency.”
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Bay County’s J.C. Weadock coal-fired power plant may close

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConsumers Energy is asking for permission from the state to close several coal-fired power plants in Michigan.
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$90 million made available for energy assistance programs

file2231266365543Nearly $90 million in grant money has been distributed among several organizations in Michigan to provide home heating assistance.

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.
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Huron County clears way for new wind farm


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.

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Great Lakes Bay Region going green

Several organizations in the Saginaw Bay region are looking at ways to help businesses afford solar energy, including creating bulk purchasing programs.
Natalie Schiefer with Saginaw Future explains how it would work.
“The whole purpose of it is to decrease the cost of the system for the customer. So in order to do that they’re using kind of a bulk purchasing program where if they get a group of businesses or organizations to purchase at the same time then they can get a reduced rate,” Schiefer said. 
Several organizations recently completed a study looking at ways of promoting solar energy, including examining barriers to solar energy adoption. 
The findings from the study are expected to be made public in September.
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