Companies Push for Fair Energy Rates in Michigan, Minnesota

Companies Push for Fair Energy Rates in Michigan, Minnesota   When a factory is more energy efficient, owners spend less money on heat and power, boosting profits and making the manufacturer more competitive. Unfortunately, industry efforts to improve their energy efficiency face significant barriers in states with unfair rates for what’s known as stand-by power.…

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,…

Where the energy storage industry is happening now

From E & E News Tomorrow’s energy storage market will be huge. Can America take it back from Asia and create factories and jobs? Read the whole series including this piece on Michigan: While Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada grabs the headlines, there are arguably more kilowatts of lithium-ion batteries now being produced on the shore of Lake…

5 Lakes Energy Announces Changes in Leadership Team, Staff

5 Lakes Energy (5LE), Michigan’s premier policy consulting firm dedicated to advancing policies and programs that promote clean energy, sustainability and the environment is announcing changes to its leadership team and staff. Co-Founder and Partner Stanley “Skip” Pruss of Northport, Michigan will become senior fellow following his retirement on February 28, 2017. In his new…

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.