Consumers Energy gets OK to add Michigan’s first community solar program

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20150515/NEWS/150519887/consumers-energy-gets-ok-to-add-michigans-first-community-solar   By JAY GREENE Consumers Energy Co. has received conditional approval to begin a 10 megawatt community solar program —Michigan’s first — by the state Public Service Commission. The commission’s approval of Consumers’ Solar Gardens program gives individual and business electric customers the opportunity to purchase subscriptions in 0.5 kilowatts blocks, which could cost $28 to…

WineAmerica 2015 National Grape and Wine Policy Conference

Last week WineAmerica held the 2015 National Grape and Wine Policy Conference in Washington, DC. The conference consisted of visits to Capitol Hill to meet with Representatives and informational panels. The panel presentations covered major legislative issues related to the United States wine industry with presentations from members of Congress, their staff, industry members, and…

Time for Lansing to Catch, Not Ignore, the New-Tech Energy Wave

http://www.mlui.org/energy/news-views/news-views-articles/time-for-lansing-to-catch-not-ignore-the-new-tech-energy-wave.html#.VSU6EPnF-So Employing new grid technologies can weave together renewable and storage energy sources large and small, reducing the need to build additional old-fashioned,centralized, fossil-fueled plants. (Graphic: Powertown) Now that Governor Rick Snyder, state Senate and House Republicans, and Democrats in both chambers have each outlined their proposed next steps for Michigan’s energy future, it’s time…

Wind gets cheaper, but energy for building turbines wanes

http://interlochenpublicradio.org/post/wind-gets-cheaper-energy-building-turbines-wanes By PETER PAYETTE  Michigan has a number of wind farms because the state basically made them mandatory in 2008. That was when lawmakers decided a certain amount of our electricity must come from renewable resources, and utilities built wind turbines to comply. Now, wind energy is, by some measurements, among the cheapest ways to…

Natural Gas? Wind? Solar? New Tool Helps Michigan Choose Best Energy Options

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-03-24/energy-policy/natural-gas-wind-solar-new-tool-helps-michigan-choose-best-energy-options/a45276-1   March 24, 2015 LANSING, Mich. – It’s not a crystal ball, but a group of researchers say a new tool can help Michigan and other states grapple with predicting and planning for the most cost-effective and least risky ways to cut back on coal. Douglas Jester with the consulting group Five Lakes Energy…

Crafting responsible wines

http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/crafting-responsible-wines/article_1dbdb6c4-a688-5768-8ced-716c1c677b7e.html BY CAROL THOMPSON cthompson@record-eagle.com | Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:55 am TRAVERSE CITY — A soft mechanical whirr fills the air at Shady Lane Cellars’ winery. “Listen,” said Adam Satchwell, Shady Lane winemaker and general manager. “What you hear? That’s energy.” Satchwell leans against a wine barrel inside the winery. He faces a row…

Natural gas or renewables? New model helps states decide

http://www.midwestenergynews.com/2015/03/23/natural-gas-or-renewables-new-model-helps-states-decide/ Posted on 03/23/2015 by Andy Balaskovitz Shifting natural gas prices are making it a challenge for states to place their bets on the most cost-effective and least risky ways to comply with impending carbon regulations. Those prices could likely determine whether it makes sense to replace retiring coal generation with natural gas or renewable…