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Displaying items by tag: Consumers Energy

Sunday, 10 May 2020 17:37

Renewable energy, transmission build-out needed in Lower Peninsula as plants close

Michigan needs a swift build-out of renewable energy and, in the longer term, more transmission projects to account for the energy shortfall that will grow as more coal and nuclear plants are retired.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 07 May 2020 16:34

Michigan solar installers return to work under new guidelines

Michigan solar energy installers have been gearing up over the past week to return to work today following an executive order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that opens construction, real estate and some manufacturing sectors.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:52

COVID-19 wipes out clean energy job gains as regulators explore effect on utilities

The coronavirus has wiped out recent statewide clean energy job gains as Michigan companies take a patchwork approach to continuing work during the pandemic.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 11:03

MPSC: Consumers Energy driving wave of solar development in Michigan

A wave of independently owned solar projects planned in Michigan is driven largely by contracts with Consumers Energy, which has long-term plans to significantly boost its solar portfolio.

Published in Energy
Monday, 06 April 2020 05:00

Four Michigan cities are national leaders in energy efficiency

Four Michigan small cities rank among the top 10 of their peers nationally for energy efficiency based on the number of buildings saving electricity, costs and greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 29 March 2020 18:30

CRISIS MODE: West Michigan execs talk leadership strategies amid pandemic

As a global pandemic began to hit West Michigan, executives around the region stepped up to lead their organizations and their employees through the time of crisis. 

Published in Economic Development


Tuesday, 24 March 2020 16:49

Consumers Energy continues construction while DTE halts plans

Michigan’s two major investor-owned utilities are taking divergent paths when it comes to building new energy projects as the state escalates actions to contain the coronavirus.

Published in Energy
Monday, 23 March 2020 10:16

Consumers CEO donates $1M to help Jackson businesses

Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe announced this morning she and her husband have made a $1 million personal donation to a new fund supporting small businesses in Jackson, where the utility is headquartered.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 16 March 2020 08:32

Consumers Energy suspends shutoffs for seniors, low-income customers

Jackson-based Consumers Energy says it will suspend shutoffs for non-pay for seniors and low-income customers starting today until April 5, citing “unprecedented circumstances” surrounding the spread of coronavirus.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 15 March 2020 18:30

Former Muskegon coal plant site preps for next phase under new owners

Developers are finalizing the decommissioning of the former B.C. Cobb coal plant in Muskegon as the 115-acre site assumes new ownership and a sole focus as a port terminal facility.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 15 March 2020 18:00

Utilities oppose bipartisan solar bills backed by installers, clean energy groups

Michigan’s two major investor-owned utilities remain opposed to a series of bills that supporters say are needed to grow the state’s nascent solar industry.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 08 March 2020 18:30

Utility regulators approve energy efficiency programs for low-income customers

The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved plans to expand energy efficiency programs for low-income customers of the state’s two major utilities.

Published in Energy


Sunday, 01 March 2020 19:10

Environmental groups praise Consumers for new 2040 clean energy target

Consumers Energy has upped the ante on its own long-term clean energy plan, announcing in late February it expects to hit net-zero carbon emissions for its electricity portfolio by 2040 as part of its climate change efforts.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 16 February 2020 19:40

Grand Haven weighs energy options after Sims coal plant closure

GRAND HAVEN — The J.B. Sims power plant in Grand Haven burned its last supply of coal this month, but local officials are still debating plans for the city’s long-term energy portfolio.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 02 February 2020 19:05

West Michigan renewable energy projects: wind out, solar in

After plans for a wind energy project north of Grand Rapids fell apart late last year, a separate developer is looking to use hundreds of acres of rural land in Montcalm County for solar.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 02 February 2020 16:40

Backers hope new VC fund spurs more inclusive West Michigan economy

GRAND RAPIDS — The Right Place Inc.’s new venture capital fund plans to target investments toward an area of the economy where capital historically has flowed the least: startups and businesses owned by racial and ethnic minorities.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 19 January 2020 17:00

‘Electrify everything’: Rural cooperatives can help decarbonize the power grid, advocates say

Ric Evans has yet to find the electric stove he wants to install in his rural Northern Michigan home, but everything else inside is powered by electricity, including the water heater and an air source heat pump.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:08

Developers increasingly weigh adding solar installations to projects

GRAND RAPIDS — The 308 solar panels installed atop St. James Apartments and Townhomes will help reduce electricity costs included in the rents for residents in the project’s 36 affordable housing units. 


Sunday, 22 December 2019 14:45

Energy Outlook: Solar and electric vehicles on Michigan’s horizon

The beginnings of a large-scale solar power build-out, bolstering electric vehicle infrastructure and preparing a power grid of the future are among Michigan’s top energy-related trends expected in 2020.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 08 December 2019 18:30

Michigan among leaders in clean energy jobs, but advocates push for more policy change

Michigan ranks among the top Midwestern states for clean energy jobs, but environmental advocates say further policy changes are needed to push the state from “good” to “great.”

Published in Energy
Sunday, 20 October 2019 13:09

Whitmer, MPSC initiative prioritizes grid modernization in clean energy transition

Clean energy advocates praised a Thursday announcement by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer highlighting the need to modernize the state’s power grid as it shifts from coal-fired power. 

Published in Energy

Sunday, 13 October 2019 17:00

State regulators issue energy assessment amid transition from coal

The polar vortex early this year strained Michigan’s energy supply as the state experiences an “unprecedented shift” in the way it produces power and relies more heavily on natural gas and renewables, according to state regulators.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 29 September 2019 19:43

Utility agreement marks shift for future solar energy projects

A settlement agreement approved in September between Consumers Energy and multiple solar energy developers triggers a large-scale buildout across the Lower Peninsula, but also marks a shift in the way the utility will contract for solar power in the future.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 15 September 2019 18:30

Holland leads with energy financing program, but work remains

HOLLAND — A financing program in Holland that helps residents pay for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades remains one of the only such programs in Michigan, and could be a model for more to come. 

Published in Energy

Sunday, 08 September 2019 13:46

Consumers Energy plans large-scale solar buy in Calhoun County

Consumers Energy announced plans Thursday to purchase a majority of the output from a large-scale solar project in Calhoun County, among the first deals under the utility’s shift to renewable energy.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 01 September 2019 20:00

Grand Rapids explores potential for solar power at 8 sites

GRAND RAPIDS — City officials are reviving plans for a solar project at a former Grand Rapids landfill as the city sorts through broader questions about potential generation at seven other city-owned properties.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 25 August 2019 12:00

Holland company lands $200k federal grant to advance energy storage technology

HOLLAND — A lakeshore company has received $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance the development of utility-scale energy storage.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 18 August 2019 18:00

ENERGY: Environmental groups and utilities brace for energy-intensive cannabis operations

Michigan has had its share of blackouts and brownouts over the years. Could “greenouts” be on the horizon? 

Published in Energy
Sunday, 11 August 2019 12:10

Consumers Energy settlement could lead to hundreds of megawatts of solar power

A proposed settlement between Consumers Energy and independent power producers could lead to hundreds of megawatts of solar power being built within the next four years.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:10

Lawmakers plan statewide electric vehicle charging network

bipartisan group of state lawmakers wants Michigan to be a national leader in building out a connected network of electric vehicle charging stations, a key barrier to adoption as automakers plan more electric models for customers. 

Published in Economic Development

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