Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - December 2012


In This Issue:

- Governor’s Message on Energy and the Environment

- Solar Shingles Come (Back) to Michigan

- City of Holland Selects Natural Gas Option for Generation

- DOE Grant for Superconducting Wires

- New Effort to Develop Better Solar and Wind-Powered Batteries

- U.P. Power Plant to be Kept Open

- Kicking the Can Down the Road on Renewable Energy

- Excerpt from Governor’s Message on Energy and the Environment:

In his special message on energy and the environment, given November 28 at Hickory Corners, Governor Snyder stated he is looking at 2015 as the time “to implement new decisions about the state’s energy framework to enhance Michigan’s adaptably, reliability, affordability and environment.“ Citing energy efficiency as an “everyone wins” strategy, he wants to scale up the highly successful Michigan Saves program. As to new generation, if it is a choice between coal and natural gas, “gas is cleaner.” On increased energy reliability for the Upper Peninsula, he favorably cited the repowering of the Presque Isle Power Plant and proposed a new transmission line connection between the U.P. and the Lower Peninsula. The message appendix sets out a 2013 timetable for the Chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission and the head of the Michigan Energy Office to convene public participation opportunities, gather information, and then issue energy reports in December. Subjects to be addressed include energy efficiency, renewable energy, and customer choice.

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