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,…

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…

Corporate investment in renewable energy on the rise in Michigan

“Companies are very interested in how the Switch deal gets done,” said Liesl Clark, president of the Lansing-based Energy Innovation Business Council. But stepping up next with additional renewable investments could be private companies across a range of industry types and sizes, from GM and Steelcase to Black Star Farms LLC winery. Also getting into the game: Municipalities such as Lansing, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, said Clark, who also is a founding principal with 5 Lakes Energy, a Lansing consulting firm.