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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

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

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

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

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

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

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - September 2013

In This Issue: - Still Getting Ready to Make Good Energy Decisions - Net Metering Participation Increases - Methane–to-Methanol Plant Operational - Adopt-A-Watt Helps Library - Restrictive Wind Zoning...more

9/20/2013 - Biofuel Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

The Incredible Shrinking Renewable Energy Surcharge

Consumers Energy is asking to eliminate its authorized renewable energy surcharge beginning in July 2014. The residential charge under PA 295, was initially pegged at $2.50/month, then lowered twice to its current $0.52/month...more

9/19/2013 - Renewable Energy

Anaerobic Digester Opens At MSU

Michigan State University has commissioned an anaerobic digester to create energy for its East Lansing campus. The digester will utilize about 17,000 tons of organic waste to generate 2.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity...more

9/13/2013 - Anaerobic Digestion Biomass Renewable Energy

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

8/23/2013 - Biomass Energy Energy Policy Ethanol Natural Gas Offshore Wind Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Wind Power

Consumers Energy Natural Gas Plant Approval Case Gets Started

The first hearing in Case U-17429 at the Michigan Public Service Commission regarding the application of Consumers Energy to build a 700 megawatt gas-fired power plant took place on August 19....more

8/21/2013 - Consumers Energy Power Plants Private Utility Renewable Energy

Solar Project Has Dual Axis Tracking

Crain Hill Vineyard, north of Traverse City, is Michigan’s first 100 percent solar powered winery. ...more

8/12/2013 - REAP Renewable Energy Solar Energy Tax Credits

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - July 2013

In This Issue: - Gas Generating Plant Certificate of Necessity Sought - Natural Gas Generation to Cut Need for Coal - S.S. Badger Saves Diesel Fuel by Carrying Wind Towers - Albion Solar Company Growing -...more

8/8/2013 - Biomass Coal Diesel Fuel Natural Gas Renewable Energy Solar Energy Venture Capital Wind Power

Region Aims To Be First Solar-Ready Michigan Community

Clean Energy Coalition of Ann Arbor has been working with Williams Charter Township, the City of Midland, the City of Saginaw, and Thomas Township to streamline local permitting, planning and zoning processes for solar...more

8/7/2013 - Clean Energy Municipalities Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Wind Towers Shipping From Monroe

Monroe-based Ventower Industries is running seven days a week, with two 10-hour shifts, four days a week and a third weekend shift, to meet the demand for its wind turbine towers....more

7/12/2013 - Renewable Energy Wind Power

Solar Panels At GM Tech Center

Empower Energies of Troy has completed four photovoltaic solar projects, including a groundmounted 49 kw solar array and three solar electric vehicle charging stations at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren....more

7/9/2013 - Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm Solar Panels

Amended Renewable Energy Plan Yields Rate Reductions

DTE Energy has filed an amended renewal energy plan with the Michigan Public Service Commission that proposes $90 Million in rate reductions....more

7/4/2013 - Rate Reductions Renewable Energy

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - June 2013

In This Issue: - Huron County Seeks Clarification on Taxes - Court Rules on Cost Allocation for Transmission Upgrades - Amended Renewable Energy Plan Yields Rate Reductions - Solar Panels at GM Tech...more

6/25/2013 - Cost Allocation Renewable Energy Solar Panels Tax Liability Wind Power

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - May 2013

In This Issue: - New DTE Electric PPAs for Wind Energy - Five Ethanol Plants in Michigan - Offshore Team Sails to Cleveland - Energy Forum Update - Nuclear Plant Off-Line Again - 43 Degrees North @ Muskegon -...more

5/27/2013 - Ethanol Nuclear Power Power Purchase Agreements Renewable Energy Wind Power

DOE Renews MSU Biofuels Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $25 million per year for another five years to fund the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Michigan State University is a partner in the Center which is physically based at the...more

5/8/2013 - Biofuel DOE Renewable Energy Scientific Research

Exporting Pure Michigan: Time For Michigan’s Energy Supply Chain To Look Abroad

Two years ago President Obama challenged the nation to increase its exports. American exports are up 34 percent since that time, with 70 percent of total exports being manufactured goods. “Made in America” still has a huge...more

4/24/2013 - Exports Manufacturers Renewable Energy Supply Chain

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - March 2013

In This Issue: - Highlights of MPSC Annual Report - Good Neighbor Fund Payments Made - Coal Plants Sued for Pollution Exceedances - Pure Michigan Solar Panel - New Grant for Efforts to Remove Barriers to...more

4/9/2013 - Clean Air Act Climate Change Coal Good Neighbor Funds Greenhouse Gas Emissions Renewable Energy Solar Panels Wind Power

New Grant For Efforts To Remove Barriers To Renewable Energy

The Clean Energy Coalition of Michigan has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Michigan Energy Office to work on the barriers preventing the widespread adoption of renewable energy in the state. The effort will target...more

3/25/2013 - Renewable Energy

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