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Self-Tracking Solar Panels Eliminate Costly Alignment Systems

One of the technologies showcased at ARPA-E again this year was from Glint Technology. I first spoke with this company last year, and now understand that they think their technology will be "ready for prime time" in one more...more

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

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 Sector , 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

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

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

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 Sector , Power Plants

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

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

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

Still Getting Ready To Make Good Energy Decisions

After reviewing and analyzing the submissions from seven public forums and from the 114 questions posted on the web for feedback, Energy Office Director Steve Bakkal and MPSC Chairman John Quackenbush will be issuing four...more

9/24/2013  /  Energy Policy , Energy Sector

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - August 2013

In This Issue: - Natural Gas Power Plant Approval Case Gets Started - Deep Water Offshore Floating Wind Turbines Showcased - Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Loses Partner - Anaerobic Digester Opens at MSU -...more

Biomass Opportunities Abound In Michigan

Michigan State University has created a biomass inventory for the state that identifies biomass and land that can produce high energy value biomass....more

8/19/2013  /  Biomass , Energy Policy , Energy Sector

Venture Capital Firm Looking For Energy Investments

Huron River Ventures (HRV) of Ann Arbor is an early stage venture capital firm....more

Sierra Club Ready To Sue On Alleged Air Quality Violations

As required under the federal Clean Air Act, the Sierra Club has filed a “notice of intent to sue” alleging at least 1330 air quality violations by DTE Energy coal-fired power plants: St. Clair, Belle River, and Trenton...more

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