Bruce Goodman

Bruce Goodman

Varnum LLP

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Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Proposed EPA Water Rule Could Expand Regulatory Authority Over Streams and Wetlands - USDA Finalizes Import Regulations for "Mad Cow Disease" - Organic Farmers Effected by Farm Bill Extension...more

1/20/2014 - EPA Farm Bill Farms Food Labeling Mad Cow Disease Organic USDA Water

U.P. Power Crisis

In November 2013 Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced with great fanfare that the coal-fired Presque Isle Power Plant in the Upper Peninsula was going to be refurbished. We Energies and Wolverine Power Cooperative had just...more

1/6/2014 - Carbon Emissions Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - December 2013

In This Issue: - Challenge to Coal Plant's Modified Air Permit Fails - Electric Reliability Project to Include Focus on Outages - Michigan Shorts - Consumers Energy May Terminate Case for New Gas Plant -...more

12/10/2013 - Air Pollution Certificate of Need Coal Permits Power Grid Power Plants Renewable Energy

Challenge To Air Permit Fails

The Sierra Club challenged the issuance of modified air permits to the Detroit Edison Company by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in 2010 and 2012. The allegations were that MDEQ failed to impose the...more

12/9/2013 - Environmental Claims Sierra Club

Consumers Energy May Terminate Case For New Gas Plant

Consumers Energy has sought and received a schedule change in its Certificate of Necessity case (U-17429) at the Michigan Public Service Commission. The reason given in its November 12 filing is the need to evaluate proposals...more

12/5/2013 - Energy Oil & Gas

Electric Reliability Project To Include Focus On Outages

Michigan's Institute for Energy Innovation has had an ongoing Electric Reliability Project since early this year. The overall focus is on enhancing distribution reliability and reducing the number and duration of electric...more

12/3/2013 - Electricity Energy Infrastructure Utilities Sector

Advanced Energy Storage Company Moves To New Facility

Navitas Systems LLC will expand its Michigan operations and move to a new location in Pittsfield Charter Township. The company produces advanced batteries and power electronics for commercial and government markets. ...more

12/3/2013 - Grid Energy Storage

Utilities Building More Wind Farms

Consumers Energy has started construction on its Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County. The project, to be located in Akron and Columbia Townships, has agreements with the Tuscola County Road Commission for the...more

11/27/2013 - Renewable Energy Wind Power

New Battery Lab At U Of M

Industry and university researchers will collaborate on developing cheaper and longer lasting energy storage devices at a new $8 million battery research lab at the University of Michigan. Located within the newly renovated...more

11/22/2013 - Battery Grid Energy Storage Technology

Getting Closer To Making Good Energy Decisions

Three of the four energy reports requested by Governor Snyder have now been finalized by MPSC Chairman John Quackenbush and Michigan Energy Office Director Steve Bakkal. The three reports concern Renewable Energy, Additional...more

11/20/2013 - Energy Policy

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - November 2013

In This Issue: - MISO Says Presque Isle Coal-Fired Plant Must Stay Open - Getting Closer to Making Good Energy Decisions - Assessment of Wind Energy Opportunities in Michigan - New Battery Lab at U of M -...more

11/20/2013 - Coal-Fired Generation Energy Energy Policy Grid Energy Storage MISO Renewable Energy Wind Power

Assessing Wind Energy Opportunities In Michigan

On November 4, the American Wind Energy Conference held a state specific conference in East Lansing to discuss Michigan wind issues. The event, which attracted over 150 participants, ran all day at the Kellogg Center on the...more

11/13/2013 - Energy Energy Policy Renewable Energy Wind Power

U.P. Power Plant May Close

We Energies may shut down its Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette after losing more than 80 percent of its energy demand when two mines switched to alternative energy suppliers. The mines, who paid $120 million in...more

11/11/2013 - Energy Power Plants

Wind Turbine Noise Mitigation Required

The Mason County Planning Commission has found that some of the turbines in Consumers Energy's Lake Winds Energy Park have violated the 45 decibel noise limit set out in the applicable special land permit....more

11/8/2013 - Excessive Noise Noise Control Ordinances Wind Power

Grant For University Of Michigan Bio-Conversion Project

In September the University of Michigan was awarded a $3 million grant to work on the anaerobic bioconversion of methane to methanol. Rather than achieving methane activation through the addition of energy and oxygen, the U...more

11/6/2013 - Biomass Energy Grants Renewable Energy

Solar Bankruptcy Trustee Sues For $950 Million

The trustee in bankruptcy for Energy Conversion Devices, parent of United Solar of Greenville, is suing three Chinese solar panel companies. The allegations filed in Federal District Court in Detroit against Trina Solar Ltd,...more

11/4/2013 - Chapter 11 China Commercial Bankruptcy Solar Energy Trustees

Wind Farm To Have 50 Percent Michigan Content

The 20 MW Big Turtle Wind Farm in Rubicon Township (Huron County) will be built by Heritage Sustainable Energy and will sell its electricity to DTE Energy. More than 50 percent of the project input will be coming from...more

11/1/2013 - Renewable Energy Wind Power

Events Focus On Michigan’s Wind And Bioenergy Resources

The American Wind Energy Association and The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association will host a day long wind forum on November 4 to explore the benefits and challenges of the wind energy in Michigan. The AWEA program is...more

10/30/2013 - Biomass Clean Energy Energy Renewable Energy Wind Power

Exploring Michigan’s Economic/Environment/Energy Future

For three days, November 1-3, leaders from business, industry, government, and non-profits will discuss the future of energy, the economy, and the environment of Michigan. National and international speakers will touch on...more

10/28/2013 - Energy Policy Environmental Policies Fracking

Consumers Energy Seeks Existing Gas-Fired Generation

On September 30, Consumers Energy issued a RFP soliciting proposals to sell to it one or more existing simple cycle or combined cycle natural gas-fueled electric generating facilities. The RFP schedule was extremely short: ...more

10/22/2013 - Oil & Gas Power Plants

Converting Corn Stalks Into Biofuel

Using a fungus and E. coli bacteria, University of Michigan researchers have turned inedible waste plant material into isobutanol. The waste used in the initial work was corn stalks and leaves. Isobutanol has 82 percent of...more

10/15/2013 - Biofuel

More Wind Farms To Commence Construction In 2013

NextEra’s 150 MW Pheasant Run Wind projects are commencing construction this fall, with the energy to be sold to DTE Electric Company. The two projects will be located in Brookfield, Fairhaven, Grant, Oliver, Sebewaing and...more

10/10/2013 - Purchase Agreement Renewable Energy Wind Power

Adopt-A-Watt Helps Library

Dearborn’s Henry Ford Centennial Library has installed 25 energy efficient street lights and an electric vehicle charging station under the national Adopt-A-Watt program. Modeled on the Adopt-A-Highway program, sponsorships...more

10/4/2013 - Energy Efficiency

Methane-To-Methanol Plant Operational

Oil wells also produce natural gas. When there is no way to get the natural gas to market it is usually “flared." ...more

10/2/2013 - Methane Natural Gas Oil & Gas

Net Metering Participation Increases

The Michigan Public Service Commission issues an annual report on electric customers participating in the statewide net metering program required under the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act of 2008. [Under net...more

9/30/2013 - Electricity Energy Power Grid Utilities Sector

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