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Wednesday, 30 November 2022 21:05

Startup racks up investments to scale battery manufacturing at Meadowbrook plant in Holland

HOLLAND — An equity investment from United Airlines Ventures could allow a startup advanced battery company to ramp up production in Holland via a partnership with automotive battery supplier Clarios International Inc. 

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 21 November 2022 18:04

State energy regulator says Palisades denial ‘obviously disappointing,’ but other clean energy routes exist

COVERT TWP. — While the recent denial of funding to reopen the Palisades nuclear power plant handicaps Michigan’s short-term emission-reduction goals, the state’s top energy regulator says new federal laws will create additional clean energy opportunities.

Published in Energy
Monday, 31 October 2022 17:11

Inflation Reduction Act a ‘great tailwind’ for utility clean energy plans

Michigan’s two largest investor-owned utilities say tax credit provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act will speed up their investments in solar, wind and battery storage and could lead them to owning more facilities that earn a return on those investments.

Published in Energy

Thursday, 27 October 2022 10:48

SW Mich. automation manufacturer to add 100 jobs, expands footprint to accommodate growth

SHOREHAM — Southwest Michigan automation manufacturer Eagle Technologies Group will add 100 jobs by 2024 and is leasing additional engineering and manufacturing space near St. Joseph to accommodate recent growth.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 24 October 2022 16:25

Autocam Medical invests in clean energy at new Kentwood HQ

KENTWOOD — Contract medical device manufacturer Autocam Medical Devices LLC is embracing a suite of clean energy products at its new 120,000-square-foot Kentwood headquarters, including a large solar installation and energy efficiency technologies.

Published in Energy
Monday, 17 October 2022 15:44

Q&A: Chicago Fed auto policy adviser discusses EV transition, incentives competition

The global transition to electric vehicles and low-carbon transportation is well underway and creating a high-stakes competition among countries, and even states, to capture the associated manufacturing jobs.

Published in Energy

Wednesday, 12 October 2022 14:39

Advanced transportation driving Michigan clean energy job growth, report finds

The advanced transportation sector is driving Michigan’s clean energy job growth that has experienced steady increases after a pandemic-related downturn. 

Published in Energy
Wednesday, 05 October 2022 11:17

‘HISTORY IS BEING MADE’: State board approves incentives for 2 major battery manufacturing projects

A state board has approved hundreds of millions of dollars in tax exemptions and performance-based grants to help lure two large battery manufacturing projects that promise more than 4,000 jobs and nearly $4 billion in investment.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 04 October 2022 19:23

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Butterworth landfill solar project could advance following settlement agreement

A long-discussed plan for a large solar project at the former Butterworth landfill in Grand Rapids could be moving forward under a recent settlement agreement approved by state energy regulators.


Monday, 03 October 2022 19:49

Recent settlement could clear path for long-planned Grand Rapids landfill solar project

GRAND RAPIDS — A recent settlement agreement approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission could finally create a viable path forward for a long-discussed solar project on a Grand Rapids brownfield.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 29 September 2022 13:53

Hope College, Ottawa Co. partnering on EV charging needs assessment

Hope College is partnering with local officials to determine Ottawa County’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure needs in the coming years as automakers and utilities forecast increased vehicle adoption.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 25 September 2022 18:58

Corporate demand drives new renewable energy projects across Michigan

Over the past few years, corporate demand for cleaner energy to power their operations has directly led to the development of large-scale wind and solar projects across Michigan.

Published in Energy

Monday, 12 September 2022 12:30

Several ‘moving parts’ as Palisades owner seeks to reopen SW Mich. nuclear plant

COVERT TWP. — The odds of a Southwest Michigan nuclear plant coming back to life after recently closing have improved as the owner pursues targeted federal funding for distressed nuclear facilities.

Published in Energy
Monday, 05 September 2022 14:24

West Mich. startup launches ‘carbon-free boating as a service’

Dana Lowell and his co-founders at Lilypad Labs Inc. have set out to change the way we think about accessing water — an abundant resource in West Michigan that at times can be out of reach for some.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 16 August 2022 10:41

Local wind and solar jobs can counteract losses at retiring coal plants, U-M study finds

The wind and solar industries could fully replace the number of lost jobs at U.S. coal-fired power plants that are expected to close to meet emission-reduction targets, a recent University of Michigan study has found.

Published in Energy

Thursday, 04 August 2022 21:29

Once-vetoed solar taxation bills resurface with changes to build local support

Legislation similar to bills that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed in 2020 involving the taxation of commercial solar energy developments was reintroduced this summer with changes to gain broader support from local governments.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 02 August 2022 11:15

Michigan plans $110M statewide electric vehicle charging network

Multiple highway corridors through West Michigan would land high-speed electric vehicle charging stations in the coming years under a plan submitted last week for federal infrastructure funding.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 24 July 2022 19:44

Breach of contract dispute surrounds early closure plan for Ottawa Co. coal plant 

PORT SHELDON TWP. — Consumers Energy’s recently approved plan to shut down the J.H. Campbell coal plant in Ottawa County in 2025 has caused a breach of contract dispute between the utility and another electricity provider.

Published in Energy

Friday, 22 July 2022 12:54

State energy regulator sees no need for panic over electricity shortages

Katherine Peretick was appointed to the Michigan Public Service Commission in 2021 for a term that expires in 2027. In that time, Michigan and other states are transitioning through a crucial moment for the energy and utility industries as hulking, centralized fossil fuel plants are displaced by clean energy technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:39

New economic drivers envisioned to replace Palisades nuclear plant loss

COVERT TWP. — Southwest Michigan economic development officials are hoping to lure new employers to the region to help offset the job losses from the retirement of the Palisades nuclear power plant along Lake Michigan.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 07 July 2022 18:53

Regulators reopen Line 5 case calling for more safety assurances from Enbridge

Michigan energy regulators have reopened a case involving Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline and the company’s request to build an underground tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac, calling for more information on the line’s current and future safety.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 12:14

Michigan leads states in energy-sector job growth, federal report finds

Michigan added more energy-sector jobs than any other state in 2021, boosted primarily by the automotive industry and growing attention to hybrid and electric vehicle models.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 23 June 2022 16:47

Regulators approve Consumers Energy’s ‘historic’ plan to shutter West Mich. coal plant in 2025, speed up energy storage

The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved Consumers Energy’s latest long-term energy plan that calls for eliminating its coal-fired power in 2025 while also speeding up the deployment of energy storage.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 14 June 2022 10:45

Michigan-based biofuel producers receive $8.6M in targeted federal pandemic relief

Two Michigan-based biofuel producers have received a total of nearly $8.7 million in federal relief to help recover from unexpected losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 11:56

Advanced energy ‘roadmap’ offers plan to spend federal infrastructure funding

A statewide advanced energy trade group recently released a “roadmap” for the state to maximize hundreds of millions of dollars in federal infrastructure funding in the coming years.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 26 May 2022 18:31

State, partners launch lakeshore electric vehicle charging network in Holland

HOLLAND — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared in Holland today to launch a partnership with an electric vehicle manufacturer, a nonprofit and energy companies to build out an electric vehicle charging network in state parks along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 24 May 2022 13:53

Energy management consultant discusses SEC climate disclosure proposal

In late March, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a sweeping proposal that would require publicly traded companies to disclose climate change risks that are likely to affect their business, as well as their direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 08 May 2022 18:28

Increasing home energy efficiency funding confronts lack of available contractors

Clean energy and housing advocates in Michigan are working to spend down an increasing amount of weatherization funds with a shrinking pool of contractors at their disposal. 

Published in Energy
Sunday, 08 May 2022 18:13

Lakeshore energy reinvention: From Ludington to Covert, the West Michigan lakeshore is undergoing a swift energy transition

The global energy transition that is underway to combat the worst effects of climate change can be encapsulated along roughly 125 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 03 May 2022 13:22

CMS Energy, Spectrum Health partnering on solar array to help power GR rehabilitation facility

GRAND RAPIDS — CMS Energy and Spectrum Health West Michigan are partnering on a new solar energy project that will help meet the power needs at a planned 80-bed subacute rehabilitation center on the city’s northeast side.

Published in Energy

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