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Gov. Snyder's State of the State Viewing and Letter

Clean Energy | January 9, 2014 | By Brian Beauchamp

Gov. Rick Snyder will be presenting his annual State of the State Address on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. The three major topics he plans to focus on are mental health, seniors, and ENERGY! The speech offers us an opportunity, given our interest in havin...

Obama tackles climate change in impressive address

Power to Change | July 2, 2013 | By Brian Beauchamp

On June 25, President Barack Obama stepped up to the podium at Georgetown University, and truly stepped up to the plate on climate change, wowing even the most ardent and committed advocates with his remarkably frank comments about global warming—and what...

Momentum builds for a regional energy plan

Energy Plan, Garforth, Efficiency | December 13, 2012 | By Brian Beauchamp

The 88,000 people in Grand Traverse County spend $306 million a year on energy. Of those millions, 70 percent leaves the community—a huge tax and a drain on the people and the economy of the region. But what if we dedicated ourselves to making sure more o...

MLUI Releases Energy Efficiency Report

Efficiency First | June 15, 2012 | By Brian Beauchamp

MLUI's new report shows that a comprehensive energy efficiency program in Traverse City will produce nearly 100 jobs and return millions of dollars annually into the local economy....

Keep Politics Out of Traverse City’s Clean Energy Future

Blog Archive | October 27, 2010 | By Brian Beauchamp

“Don’t toss the baby out with the bathwater.”...

TCL&P’s Good First Step

Blog Archive | September 3, 2010 | By Brian Beauchamp

Traverse City Light and Power just took a step toward unleashing a powerful jobs and income machine: It installed a new “net metering” policy, allowing TCL&P’s customers to generate limited amounts of renewable energy and sell it back to the utility....

A Closer Look at Our 20-20 Vision

Blog Archive | April 2, 2010 | By Brian Beauchamp

But we call for much stronger energy efficiency efforts, more wind power, inclusion of solar power, and promotion of local energy entrepreneurship, particularly among our region’s schools, community investment groups, and private concerns.

Going Local’s Good for Utilities, Too

Blog Archive | March 16, 2010 | By Brian Beauchamp

There’s been a lot of controversy recently in Traverse City about whether the local electric utility, Traverse City Light & Power, should build a wood-burning biomass plant as part of its plan to make 30 percent of its electricity using renewable sources....

Copenhagen Closeups: As Dust Settles, Now What?

Blog Archive | December 21, 2009 | By Brian Beauchamp

The accord that many world leaders finally embraced here in the wee early hours last Saturday morning, following a marathon of late-night meetings, negotiations, and political wrangling, amounts to nothing more than a handshake agreement to “keep trying” ...

Copenhagen Closeups: Obama Speech Disappoints Many

Blog Archive | December 18, 2009 | By Brian Beauchamp

For weeks there was a sense of hope that President Barack Obama’s visit to Copenhagen on the last day of climate negotiations would bring with it enough financial backing, political will, and international fanfare to strike a binding deal that matches up ...

Copenhagen Closeups: Tiny Islands Stand Up to Big Powers

Blog Archive | December 17, 2009 | By Brian Beauchamp

One of the most inspiring developments this week is the way the small, underdeveloped island nations now stand up for themselves in the global climate talks. ...

COPENHAGEN: Looking to Cities for Salvation

December 17, 2009 | By Brian Beauchamp

Unrest Grows as Conference Nears End...

Copenhagen Closeups: Looking to Cities for Salvation

Blog Archive | December 16, 2009 | By Brian Beauchamp

The adage, “think globally, act locally” comes to mind, especially as negotiations reach a grinding halt and conference-goers are left looking for ways to start taking the climate challenge into their own hands.

Copenhagen Closeups: 1,000’s Excluded from ‘Bella of the Beast’

Blog Archive | December 15, 2009 | By Brian Beauchamp

Massive lines and huge crowds surrounded the Bella Center this morning, and even for those who braved the cold in order to get inside, many were turned away at the door....

Copenhagen Closeups: The Crowd Grows, Hope Dims, A Nation Fights for Life

Blog Archive | December 14, 2009 | By Brian Beauchamp

It’s week two of the climate talks here at the COP 15 and the intensity is on the rise. ...

Copenhagen Closeups: 100,000 take to the Streets

Blog Archive | December 14, 2009 | By Brian Beauchamp

More than 100,000 people took place in yesterday’s massive demonstration and march from downtown Copenhagen’s Parliament Square to the Bella Center on the outskirts of town....

Copenhagen Closeups: ‘Youngos’ Wear Orange

Blog Archive | December 12, 2009 | By Brian Beauchamp

Wherever one goes in Copenhagen’s Bella Center there are young people gathered, sharing their stories and concerns and making plans to keep in touch once this conference is over....

Copenhagen Closeups: An Interview with Bill McKibben

Blog Archive | December 11, 2009 | By Brian Beauchamp

I’ve been fortunate to travel to Michigan a few times in the past year and a half and have fond memories of all the people I’ve met there. ...

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