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Holland Working on Community Energy Plan

Power to Change | February 4, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Officials and dozens of residents in Holland, Mich., are working to implement a Community Energy Plan after the city began approving work groups for the effort in August 2012. The CEP, would, among many other things, expand the snowmelt district and chann...

Gov. Snyder’s Missed Opportunity

Power to Change | January 17, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Clean energy advocates weren’t expecting a whole lot from Gov. Snyder on energy issues during his State of the State address. But we were at least hopeful, given the pre-speech scuttlebutt, that he would say something substantive and positive about them. ...

A Letter to Governor Rick Snyder

Power to Change | January 15, 2014 | By MLUI

MLUI and a number of community leaders in northern Michigan penned this letter to Gov. Rick Snyder to thank him for his work on energy over the past year and urge action in 2014 on a clean energy future for the state. ...

Rogers City: Goodbye to Coal, Hello to Opportunity?

Power to Change | December 18, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

The problem that supporters of the proposed 600-megawatt plant never recognized was this: Planet Earth is not a perfect place to build a coal plant. Coal is too dirty; it has become too expensive to mine, ship, and burn; and it is the number-one source of...

Comment on Synder's Renewable Energy Report

Power to Change, Renewables | October 14, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

There are lots of happy faces around our office since the Snyder administration released its draft report on renewable energy. Based on last winter’s energy forums, it says we can get to 30 percent renewable energy by 2035 without straining the power grid...

Tips for Commenting on Snyder's Renewables Report

Power to Change, Renewables | October 14, 2013 | By MLUI's Renewable Energy Partners

The governor’s report on renewable energy is open for public comment until Wednesday, October 16. Let’s make sure we dominate the comments section and show our strong support for increasing our use of renewable energy. Here are some tips for submitting a...

Advocates: Snyder Renewables Report Correct, Conservative

Renewables, Power to Change | October 10, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is earning high marks for its draft report on the possibilities for renewable energy in Michigan. But now some clean energy advocates and entrepreneurs, who strongly praised the report’s conclusions and the unusually open...

Lansing Turns Toward Clean Energy Debate

Power to Change | September 13, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Michigan’s clean energy entrepreneurs and advocates hope to hear some good news from Lansing about renewable energy next week.
That’s when the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Michigan Energy Office release the first of four draft-summaries of ...

Mackinac Oil Pipeline Rally Marks TC350’s Revival

Power to Change, TC350 | August 27, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Last month, a surprisingly large number of people showed up at a remote northern Michigan park to rally against something that, weeks earlier, few of them had ever heard about: the twin, 60-year-old pipelines that transport 22 million gallons of oil a day...

Can Grand Traverse County Set the PACE?

Power to Change | August 22, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

It’s time for Grand Traverse County to use a state law to help local firms cut energy costs and boost bottom lines. The 2010 law, called PACE—Property Assessed Clean Energy—allows local governments to establish bonds for loans to improve commercial buildi...

From TC to DC: Group Joins National Push for Carbon Tax

Power to Change, CCL | August 15, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Maura Brennan and Elizabeth Dell co-lead what they say is the largest Michigan chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, a national group sharply focused on a very specific goal: Convincing Congress to enact a carbon tax on coal, oil, and natural gas and dis...

Group offers new solar opportunity for homeowners

Power to Change | July 26, 2013 | By Zoë McAlear

Interest in alternative energy options is growing in the northwest corner of Lower Michigan and solar power, in particular, is gaining more recognition as an exciting opportunity for homeowners....

Novi Solar Developer Joins Feds’ Race to the Rooftops

Power to Change | July 24, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Srinergy has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s nationwide Race to the Rooftops contest. The firm and the partners it is recruiting will compete for part of a $10 million prize. It will be shared among the first three teams that install 6,000 smaller-...

McKibben Connects Straits Pipeline to Global Climate Fight

Power to Change | July 16, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

On July 14, about 400 people gathered at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge and listened as speakers warned about the aging oil pipeline that lies west of the bridge, beneath the Straits of Mackinac’s sparkling, cobalt-blue waters....

Mackinac Pipeline Rally Will Raise Energy, Climate Issues

Power to Change | July 9, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Organizers are rallying at Bridge View Park in St. Ignace to warn that there’s a 60-year-old oil pipeline beneath the Straits, operated by the same company responsible for the Kalamazoo pipeline oil spill, and that it’s putting the Great Lakes ecosystem a...

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...

Mike Hayes: GLE Co-op Must Heed Calls for More Clean Energy

Power to Change | June 19, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Mike Hayes is retired, but he’s not taking it easy. Recently he helped organize Mancelona’s community garden and construction of its new farmers market pavilion. Now Hayes is running for the Great Lakes Energy co-op’s board of directors....

Mary Brower: More Renewables, Efficiency for Great Lakes Energy

Power to Change | June 12, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Mary Brower is running for the Great Lakes Energy Cooperative board of directors because she wants her utility to embrace the future—particularly moving beyond coal power to more renewable energy and energy efficiency. Great Lakes Energy members will rece...

TC2DC for the Forward on Climate Rally!

Power to Change, Climate | February 18, 2013 | By MLUI

The Michigan Land Use Institute and Sustainable TC are teaming up to offer northern Michigan activists a chance to attend the upcoming Forward On Climate rally in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17. We are chartering a bus to leave from Traverse City on Feb. 16...

Permit Is Renewed, but Rogers City Coal Plant Still Stalled

Power to Change, Wolverine, Coal | January 7, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

In a quick and quiet decision, Michigan environmental regulators have given Wolverine Power Cooperative another year to break ground on its long-delayed, highly controversial Rogers City coal plant. But stricter coal plant emission limits, soaring coal-po...

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