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Rep. Nesbitt: Save, Don’t Sink, MI's Clean Energy Progress!

Clean Energy | April 30, 2015 | By Jim Dulzo

MLUI just wrote to state Rep. Aric Nesbitt and the House Committee on Energy Policy, urging them to expand, not eliminate, Michigan’s fabulously successful renewable energy and energy optimization standards. Could you read our letter and then email your o...

Guest View: Shared Heat Can Warm MI’s Energy Policy

Clean Energy | April 7, 2015 | By Jamie Scripps

Power plants waste a lot of energy—most of it as heat fleeing up their smokestacks. But what if the plants captured that wasted heat and put it to good use—producing more electricity, warming nearby buildings, or assisting industrial processes?...

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

Clean Energy | March 26, 2015 | By Skip Pruss, of 5 Lakes Energy, and Jim Dulzo

We’ll always need a rock-solid, unshakably constant supply of power. But today there are other ways to do that besides merely burning more fossil fuel.
New distributed energy technologies, new grid control systems, and new demand-side energy services sho...

Snyder needs help pushing energy goals

Clean Energy | March 25, 2015 | By Jim Dulzo

Gov. Rick Snyder recently unveiled his long-awaited energy policy goals, and they are good ones. But with the most conservative Republicans in Lansing pointed in a different direction, success requires party moderates to work with Democrats, who back a pl...

Guest View: Clean-Energy Shift Is Sharp, Global, and Gaining Speed

Clean Energy | February 17, 2015 | By Skip Pruss

If further proof is needed that the global transition to clean energy is underway, you only need to look at three things that happened this month. ...

Guest View: Looking forward, and backward, on energy policy

Clean Energy | January 16, 2015 | By Skip Pruss

2015 will be a watershed year for energy policy in Michigan – and few states will be watched as carefully by energy policy experts and interested observers....

High School Senior Helps More Than 50 People Attend NYC Climate March

Climate Change | September 26, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

When she was a high school sophomore, Jane Lively rode the bus from Traverse City to Washington, D.C., with 55 other concerned citizens to join the February 2013 Forward on Climate rally. Now, 20 months later, Lively, a senior at Glen Lake High School and...

NYC’s Bounce Back from Hurricane Sandy Offers Lesson to Michigan

Climate Change | September 24, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Most climatologists agree that, thanks to global warming, powerful storms are likely to get worse. So, as climate change works its steadily more destructive ways on modern civilization, building a power system that can stand up to more powerful, more freq...

Northern Michigan activists march in historic NYC rally

Climate Change | September 22, 2014 | By MLUI

MLUI staff members were among 56 climate activists to travel from northern Michigan to New York City this weekend for the largest climate rally in history. ...

Northern Michigan Climate Activists Headed to NY for Historic Rally

Climate | September 18, 2014 | By MLUI

Fifty-six northern Michigan climate activists will hop on a bus this weekend for a whirlwind trip to New York City to take part in a historic climate change rally. The Sierra Club, national climate advocacy group 350.org, and several national environmenta...

Traverse City Solar Conference Aims to Boost Michigan Jobs

Solar | September 10, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

The Solar Powering Michigan conference on Sept. 12 in Traverse City could be arriving at just the right time, as more lawmakers and advocates are exploring ways to make sure solar is part of Michigan's clean energy future. Organizers say the conference is...

Straits Pipeline Critics Ready Their Clipboards for Big Bridge Walk

August 27, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Members of citizen groups from around the state will be in Mackinaw City on Labor Day, but they won’t be on vacation. Instead, they will be at the south end of the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk, collecting signatures for a letter aimed at the most prominen...

Easy Loan Brings Clean Energy to Prominent Southfield Building

PACE | August 25, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Ari Kresch, CEO of 1-800-LAW-FIRM, likes to brag that his Southfield company is the first in the country to use its phone number as its actual name. Perhaps more significantly, though, he may be the first attorney in the country to use an innovative, new ...

‘Energy Freedom’ Bills: Time to Unlock Homemade Power in Michigan

Clean Energy | July 29, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

A bipartisan group of state representatives has introduced four bills, known as the Energy Freedom package that would allow Michiganders to invest more in solar, wind, or methane-powered generation; reap a better return; and share credit for the electrici...

Special Report: Putting Solar Power to Work in Michigan

Solar power | July 25, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Michigan is far behind other states in generating solar power. But it’s hardly a cloud-cover problem: After all, solar is soaring in states no sunnier than ours. What Michigan has is a solar policy problem. A “solar work group,” composed of MPSC staff, ut...

DTE and Consumers: Time to Let the Sun Shine In

Solar power | July 23, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

What if a profitable monopoly with an unshakable grip on its customers refused all pleas to establish a program that, cost free, would create lots of good jobs in Michigan and aid the rise of a crucial global industry here? That’s Michigan’s situation, th...

Ric Evans, Efficiency Pro, Seeks Reelection to GLE Board

Great Lakes Energy | July 9, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

When Ric Evans won a Board of Directors seat at Great Lakes Energy three years ago, it marked the first time a pro-renewables candidate joined the co-op’s board. Now he's seeking re-election. We asked him about his initial stint as a GLE board member, the...

MLUI joins groups to urge action on pipeline

Pipeline | July 2, 2014 | By MLUI

The Michigan Land Use Institute is pleased to sign on to this letter to remind the governor and attorney general of the important legal authority they hold on behalf of Michigan's citizens to protect our public trust in the Great Lakes. The State of Michi...

Little reassurance at symposium on Straits pipeline

Oil and Water Don't Mix | June 30, 2014 | By Jim Lively

On June 24, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council hosted the Northern Michigan Pipeline Symposium in Petoskey, bringing together state and national groups involved—or concerned—about the aging oil pipelines running through the Mackinac Straits. The event prov...

Michigan Energy Fair: Still Hot after All These Years

Clean Energy | June 23, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Energy—how it’s made and how it’s used—affects everyone, particularly with rising fuel costs and growing environmental concerns. So understanding and doing something about it is appealing, particularly if it also involves fun. That’s why Michigan Energy F...

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