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TCSaves homeowners cheer cozier homes, lower heating bills

Efficiency First, TCSaves | February 28, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

The two-year TCSaves program was—and is—good news for Traverse City: It kept local contractors and building supply wholesalers busy. Now it’s saving energy dollars for homeowners and keeping some of those dollars in town, rather than sending them to dista...

Public-Private Partnerships Power Business Efficiency

Efficiency First | January 31, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

You’d never know it driving by, but tucked into a nondescript warehouse district just south of town is an office and production space so airy and dazzling that it would turn heads in the hippest urban enclaves. The comfortable digs and lighting at Britten...

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...

Holland OKs Gas Plant, Turns To Efficiency Projects

Power to Change, Holland | December 17, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

In an historic vote, the Holland City Council has pre-empted longstanding plans to build a highly controversial coal plant in the city and, instead, approved a natural gas-fired power plant that will likely provide more power than the town actually needs....

Plugged In: Opportunity Knocks in Snyder’s Energy Message

Plugged In, Renewables, Power to Change, | December 5, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

Reading the text of Governor Rick Snyder’s Special Message on Energy and the Environment, which is a bit more detailed than the remarks he delivered last Wednesday, it’s clear he’s serious about energy efficiency and, to some extent, renewables like wind ...

Plugged In: No Time to Wait on Renewables

Power to Change, Proposal 3 | November 28, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

The ruckus over renewables isn’t over: Proposal 3’s advocates sound even more determined to boost renewables goals beyond their current “10 percent by 2015” target and make Michigan a jobs-rich, global, renewables manufacturing leader. And on Wednesday, G...

Will Republican State Reps Renew Attack on Efficiency Mandate?

Efficiency | November 21, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

With Gov. Rick Snyder set to deliver his Special Message on Energy on Nov. 28, several Republican state representatives are declining to say whether they will renew their attack on Michigan’s “energy optimization” law, which saves residents money by requi...

Plugged In: Prop 3 Could Boost Community Renewables Projects

Plugged In, Proposal 3, Power to Change | October 25, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

There’s a brand-new wind turbine spinning in Leelanau County. The sparkling white machine high on a hill near Northport may be Michigan’s first-ever “community renewable energy” project, and it offers a fresh spin on Proposal 3, which requires 25 percent ...

Plugged In: With Prop. 3, Who Really CARES for Michigan?

Plugged In, Proposal 3, Power to Change | October 23, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

I was recently mugged by this commercial against Proposal 3, a/k/a the “Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs” proposal. There’s a spinning wind turbine, a doomy voice, and a meter rocketing from zero to $12 billion in 30 seconds flat—all to scare anyone who uses...

Little Effect on Power Prices in States with Big Renewables Goals

Power to Change, Proposal 3 | October 17, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

Three states with renewable energy standards similar to those in Michigan’s Proposal 3—Minnesota, Illinois and Colorado—are seeing little or no rise in electricity prices, undermining claims that the ballot measure will sharply increase energy costs....

Plugged In: Prop. 3 and the True Meaning of ‘Skyrocket’

Plugged In, Proposal 3, Power to Change | October 17, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

Still mulling over whether Proposal 3, the renewable energy standard ballot initiative, will skyrocket your electric bill as utility ads claim? Well, here's a true story: Consumers wants to raise residential electric rates by an average of more than $11 p...

Norway Firm’s Local Factory Highlights Prop. 3’s Potential

Power to Change, Proposal 3 | September 26, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

If Michigan voters approve Proposal 3 on the November ballot, Norway's Dokka and several hundred other firms in the state’s renewables manufacturing sector will have good reason to expand their operations. Prop. 3 would more than double Michigan’s current...

Wyandotte’s utility ready to roar past Prop. 3’s renewables goal

Power to Change | September 20, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

If current negotiations work out, the Wyandotte Municipal Services utility soon will be getting a startling 30 percent of its power from renewable sources—five percentage points more and 13 years earlier than what Michigan utilities will have to achieve i...

Will Voters Boost Michigan Jobs with More Michigan Energy?

Power to Change | September 12, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

They’ve confirmed the petition signatures and approved the ballot language. Now, it’s up to Michigan voters: Should the state boost its mild-mannered renewable energy standard and position itself to become one of the country’s, and the world’s, leading ma...

Analysis of Holland Energy Plan Favors Gas over Coal

Power to Change | August 31, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

The Holland Board of Public Works released its long-anticipated report comparing the economic, environmental, and social effects of a new coal-fired plant with those of a new natural gas-fired plant, and the news is not good for coal. Now the utility want...

Plugged In: The Great Wind Hoax

Power to Change | August 23, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

Did you know that wind power is a big hoax? It's the latest rhetorical leap for the windbagger community as they try to drive those big ol’ turbines out of Michigan and into the sea—although, mind you, certainly not into the Great Lakes....

Trust, Teamwork Keys to Gratiot’s Windpower Success

Power to Change | August 14, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

As Michiganders prepare to vote on expanding the state’s renewable energy production, one community’s approach has led to continued strong support for their new wind farm, Michigan’s largest....

Rich Vander Veen’s Recipe for Windpower Success

Power to Change | August 14, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

If Michigan wind power has a godfather, it must be Rich Vander Veen. His company Wind Resource LLC and its 133 turbines are now spinning across four townships and 30,000 acres of farmland in northeast Gratiot County....

Holland OKs Energy Work Groups, but Not Full Plan

Power to Change | August 7, 2012 | By Jim Dulzo

Last month, the Holland City Council unanimously approved forming six "working groups" to begin implementing several parts of the Community Energy Plan. But most council members again declined to endorse the entire plan....

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