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Displaying items tagged: Michigan Environmental Council

Sunday, 18 December 2022 18:00

Michigan’s clean energy transition continues with federal laws, utility plans, state political shift

Two months ago, a group of environmental and clean energy groups issued a report examining how well Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s climate change action plan would actually meet its target of statewide net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 05 May 2022 19:52

Business owners, housing advocates call for $1.65B to meet affordable housing goals

A group of business owners and environmental and housing advocates are calling on the state to invest $1.65 billion in affordable, energy efficient homes as the Whitmer administration also pursues a statewide housing plan.

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 12:01

Federal funding could accelerate cleanup of abandoned oil and gas wells in Michigan

Michigan is seeking more than $30 million in federal funding to accelerate the cleanup of hundreds of abandoned oil and gas wells across the state.

Published in Energy

Monday, 01 November 2021 12:07

Coalition plan would direct $600M in federal funds to clean transportation in Michigan

A coalition of energy businesses and clean energy advocates is calling for a $600 million investment of federal pandemic relief funding into clean transportation initiatives.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 28 March 2021 18:00

Utilities chart renewable energy future as state mandates level off

Michigan’s mandates for renewable power and energy efficiency programs — first set in 2008 and slightly increased in 2016 — are scheduled to level off this year, although it may make little difference as the clean energy transition rolls on under market forces.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 17 January 2021 18:18

Statewide building code update an opportunity to tackle efficiency, climate change

Michigan’s statewide building codes are set for an update this year. While there could be some new energy efficiency measures added, the codes are far behind where they should be to address climate change, according to some local design firms and environmental advocates.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:30

Clean energy, Line 5, electric choice on Michigan’s energy docket in 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order in late September creating a long-term climate change plan calling for the state to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Published in Energy
Friday, 20 November 2020 14:44

Consumers Energy agrees to expand rooftop solar program

JACKSON — Consumers Energy has agreed to expand a solar energy program that advocates say is crucial to continue the sector’s growth in Michigan.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 16 February 2020 17:00

Partnership forms to protect Michigan’s public lands, parks

Anewly formed partnership involving six outdoor recreation and conservation groups wants to protect and maintain Michigan’s public lands for generations to come.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:10

Bottle bill expansion plan comes as communities struggle with recycling

The latest attempt to expand Michigan’s successful bottle deposit law comes as communities across the state struggle to maintain recycling programs amid overseas economic pressures.

Published in Economic Development
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, 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, 29 September 2019 19:11

Viking Products taps into demand for lightweight campers

CENTREVILLE — As consumer demographics shift and the economy slows, smaller products have become a big consideration for recreational vehicle manufacturer Viking Products Inc. 

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 13 September 2019 12:29

Whitmer taps outdoor recreation as economic driver, talent retention tool

State officials in Grand Rapids on Wednesday touted the economic benefits of outdoor recreation, a sprawling statewide sector encompassing major industries like manufacturing and tourism.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:45

Bills aim to clear confusion over solar panel taxation

Business and clean energy advocates are aligned in support of state legislation that clarifies the tax-exempt status of small-scale renewable energy systems.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:00

Biz groups push for more involvement in state’s environmental rule-making

Citing onerous and biased rule-making functions at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce has long sought to reform the agency’s regulatory process.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 17 April 2016 16:13

DTE to spend billions on natural gas infrastructure amid transition from coal

Detroit-based DTE Energy is in the middle of a five-year, $2.5 billion gas and electric infrastructure upgrade that will have the utility investing millions into projects in West Michigan. 

Published in Economic Development