A retired vice admiral in the U.S. Navy — who is now an adviser on a board that studies pressing issues to the country’s national security — says Michigan is a leading example of how energy independence will be crucial for adapting to the threats of climate change.
After a variety of stakeholders have so far failed to reach consensus in Michigan over the value of solar energy, some Republican lawmakers are looking to end that debate themselves.
As major investor-owned utilities push the Michigan Legislature to dismantle the state’s solar net-metering program, the state’s smallest electric cooperative is taking action on its own with a similar policy effective next month.
University researchers say they have created the most detailed, accurate resource for mapping offshore wind potential in the Great Lakes, filling a void in what may still be a long process toward development.
Barry Goldwater, Jr. is a prominent conservative and chairman of the group Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed (TUSK). Goldwater and his associates are pushing for net metering solar policies that are favorable to utility customers in 17 states across the country, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kansas. Last week Goldwater talked with Midwest Energy News about utility arguments, "green tea" and splits within the Republican Party.
More than half of Michigan’s renewable energy capacity will not count towards its carbon-reduction goals under the federal Clean Power Plan, state officials said today. Due to the state’s “aggressive” renewable portfolio standard passed by the Legislature in 2008, a majority of the generation installed since then will likely not receive credit under the plan.
A Michigan lawmaker more widely known for his strongly conservative positions on social issues may be an unlikely ally for those pushing for more clean energy here. State Rep. Gary Glenn, a first-term Tea Party Republican, says he is preparing to release an energy package next month that would encourage distributed generation and allow ratepayers to buy renewable energy from alternative suppliers.
The Ludington Pumped Storage hydroelectric facility in western Michigan is a clean and renewable energy source that should receive credits for its ability to reduce carbon emissions, according to various state and federal lawmakers. But amid comprehensive energy policy proposals at the federal and state levels, debate swirls over whether the operation along Lake Michigan is actually clean or renewable.
A Michigan state Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday about SB 438, a Republican-backed state energy plan that would eliminate Michigan’s solar net metering program and replace it with a policy that reimburses customers at wholesale prices for energy sent back to the grid, after they have bought energy at retail rates.
The transition from burning coal for power to natural gas in Holland, Michigan is reducing carbon emissions and providing an added benefit: expansion of the city’s snowmelt system that keeps downtown streets, sidewalks and parking lots clear in winter.