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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: Michigan's energy efficiency policy works

Clean Energy | March 4, 2015 | By Martin Kushler

The "Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act" of 2008 has been a tremendous success. But incredibly, there are politicians at the Capitol who are considering eliminating the Energy Optimization policy — not because it isn't working, but because they do...

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. ...

Peter Boogaart: On-bill financing key to Holland's home retrofits

Clean Energy | February 3, 2015 | By Jim Dulzo

Peter Boogaart knows exactly what he’ll do when he retires later this month. The longtime Holland-area resident is leaving the Ottawa County Community Action Agency after six years of helping low-income families tighten up their homes to cut their often b...

Holland’s Bright Energy Plan Starts to Roll

Clean Energy | January 26, 2015 | By Jim Dulzo

Holland, Michigan's forward-looking Community Energy Plan is steadily gaining momentum and public support for transforming an old Lake Michigan port city into a world-class clean energy champion....

Holland’s Dan Nally: Building a Power Plant Like No Other

Clean Energy | January 26, 2015 | By Jim Dulzo

When it comes to building power plants, Dan Nally has been around the block, the state, and the planet a few times. Now he has a doozy of an assignment: project director for construction of the Holland Board of Public Works' new gas-fired power plant....

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....

‘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...

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...

For What It’s Worth: Former Utility Exec Talks Value of Solar

Clean Energy, Solar | March 10, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

Karl Rábago's crowning achievement, so far, is his success at Austin Energy, where he parlayed an obscure phrase—Value of Solar—into a guiding principal that helped the public electric utility’s customers “go solar,” big-time. Value of Solar shows in exac...

Work Group, Meet ‘Value of Solar’

Clean Energy, Solar | March 4, 2014 | By Jim Dulzo

About 40 energy experts gathered in Lansing last week for their second discussion about ways the state’s top utilities can spur more solar power development in Michigan, which is now well behind many other states in deploying the booming clean-energy tech...

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...

TCSaves Renewal Reflects Efficiency’s Local, Statewide Success

Clean Energy, TCSaves, Efficiency First | December 12, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

Sparked by strong initial success, Traverse City’s residential efficiency program, TCSaves, is again offering city residents a path to a more comfortable home that uses less energy. The communitywide effort, dormant since last spring, has a new goal, a ne...

As Coal Power Fades, Consumers Eyes Big, New Gas Plant

Clean Energy | December 4, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

State utility regulators are considering a historic case that could help determine how much clean energy Michigan’s second-largest electric utility develops over the next 25 years....

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