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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

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

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

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

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

S.S. Badger Saves Diesel Fuel By Carrying Wind Towers

Broadwind Towers & Heavy Industries has a manufacturing plant in Manitowoc, Wisconsin....more

7/22/2013 - Diesel Fuel Fuel Costs Wind Power

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

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

Offshore Team Sails To Cleveland

Muskegon-based Andrie Inc. has been hired to assist in the development of an offshore wind energy project in Lake Erie....more

6/18/2013 - Offshore Wind Public-Private Partnerships Wind Power

New DTE Electric PPAs For Wind Energy

Two 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) between DTE Electric and Pheasant Run Wind, LLC and Pheasant Run Wind II, LLC received ex parte approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on May 15, 2013. ...more

6/11/2013 - Competitive Bidding Power Purchase Agreements Production Tax Credit 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

Courts To Rule On Wind Issues

Seventeen neighbors of the Consumers Energy Lake Wind Energy Park have filed a complaint in Mason County claiming the wind farm has negatively impacted property values and caused sleep disruption, headaches, ringing ears,...more

5/13/2013 - Cease and Desist Permits Property Valuation Wind Power

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

Good Neighbor Fund Payments Made

Consumers Energy has 56 wind turbines (100 MW) in its Lake Winds Energy Park. It has established a Good Neighbor Fund to distribute almost $2 million to property owners located in close proximity (within 3000 feet) of one or...more

3/14/2013 - Good Neighbor Funds Wind Power

Ten Thousand Wind Turbine Component Repairs

As wind farms in the U.S. age there will be more and more call for a third party to step in and provide O&M services. When a wind turbine is not operating, it is not making money for the owner. Quick, reliable repairs could...more

2/14/2013 - Repairs Wind Power

Michigan Community Wind Project Up And Running

Leelanau Community Energy, LLC (LCE) has completed a 120 kW wind project as part of the Northport Energy Action Taskforce (NEAT) non-profit community energy efforts. Fifteen local investors are supporting the project and...more

2/8/2013 - Electricity Wind Power

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - January 2013

In This Issue: - Another Baseload Natural Gas Plant for Consumers Energy - Favorable Tax Decision on Solar Array - Quackenbush/Bakkal to Prepare Energy Report - Plastic Solar Cells on the Horizon? - Law Suit...more

1/22/2013 - Biofuel Innovation Natural Gas Power Plants Solar Energy Wind Power

New Effort to Develop Better Solar And Wind-Powered Batteries

A multi-partner team, led by Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, has been awarded a five-year $120 Million federal Department of Energy grant to create the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. Secretary of Energy...more

1/17/2013 - Advanced Batteries DOE Electric Vehicles Grants Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

Depreciation Methodology For Wind Turbines Challenged

In late 2012 the Michigan State Tax Commission changed the rate at which wind turbine assets would be depreciated for property tax assessment purposes. Now five counties (Huron, Sanilac, Gratiot, Mason, Tuscola) are working...more

11/23/2012 - Depreciation Property Tax Renewable Energy Wind Power

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