Residents, business owners, land owners support wind development in Gratiot County

  More than 50 attend interactive Wind Works Michigan community conversation on the future of wind   ITHACA—Last Thursday, more than fifty local residents, business owners and landowners attended a community conversation on Gratiot County wind farms hosted by Wind Works Michigan. The purpose of the meeting was to start a dialogue about community values,…

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Pruss Op-Ed in The Detroit News: Clean Power Plan a wake-up call for Michigan

Important insights on the #CleanPowerPlan from Skip Pruss of 5 Lakes Energy in latest Op-Ed in The Detroit News, available here: Energy policy has never been more important than is today. Earlier this month the Obama administration released its Clean Power Plan setting new national carbon emission goals for 47 states, including Michigan, requiring an overall…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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