Michigan Sustainable Winegrape Program

The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, contracted with 5 Lakes Energy to explore a sustainability program for Michigan’s grape growing and wine industry.  Guided by a steering committee comprised of industry members, university partners and council members, 5 Lakes completed a feasibility study that offers a…

Reducing Energy Waste is Least-Cost Option for Implementing Federal Clean Power Plan

Analysis using new Michigan model highlights important role for renewables, cogeneration, natural gas in meeting state targets   [Lansing and Washington, D.C.] – Reducing energy waste, using more renewable energy sources like solar and wind, cogeneration fueled by natural gas and, depending on long-term price projections, an appropriate amount of natural gas-fired combined cycle generation…

Fight may take air out of mandate for sun, wind power

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/environment/2015/07/26/fight-may-take-air-mandate-sun-wind-power/30719769/ Gary Heinlein and Jim Lynch, The Detroit News11:31 p.m. EDT July 26, 2015 Lansing — The most tumultuous issue in Gov. Rick Snyder’s bid to reshape Michigan’s energy policy is the battle over whether to require power companies to generate a certain quota of electricity through renewable sources. While environmentalists push for the expansion…

Going Green to Save Green

CARLETON — High up in the greenhouse, shade cloths that partially screen the sun are incorporated into the roofing panels and are so effective at retaining thermal heat that in the winter the growers can turn off the heating system. On the floor, all the water that makes its way there is channeled and recycled.…