In wake of record outage, Michigan utilities step up tree trimming

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/05/02/power-outages-dte-energy-michigan-consumers-energy/101011886/   A small army of tree huggers was out last week for Arbor Day — and more will be out this month —  planting saplings across metro Detroit and the nation while also cultivating public affection for nature’s celebrated sentinels of shade. As well they should. But down a side street on Detroit’s east side near Grosse Pointe Park,…

5 Lakes Energy Becomes a Certified B Corporation

It’s official! 5 Lakes Energy is now a Certified B Corporation. Reaching this important milestone reinforces our firm’s ongoing commitment to the “triple bottom line” – a measure of sustainability that includes financial, social and environmental measures. We join nearly 2,000 companies worldwide across 130 different industries in the rapidly growing Certified B Corporation, or…

Michigan has a choice: Make small cuts to energy use or build new power plants

Stateside’s conversation with Liesl Clark, president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. The Next Idea Michiganders might be using electricity the wrong way. A new report indicates Michigan might be able to meet projected energy shortfalls if residents change how they use power. That would save having to build new, expensive power plants. Liesl Clark is…